Wageningen -- Reusing water for greenhouse cultivation in Algeria
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Waste Water Reuse for Irrigation in Algeria (WAWARIA)

The best way to recover waste water: membrane-filtered water for greenhouse cultivation in Algeria Waste from domestic sources or industrial processes such as oil and gas production and refinery can be valuable for irrigation. But how much treatment will it need? Authors: P Ker Rault, , A Chouikh, G Sijl, …

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Greenhouse Interior at the National Botanic Gardens
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Water purification alternatives for greenhouses

What’s the best way to remove impurities in irrigation water for greenhouse horticulture? Research by the Platform Duurzame Glastuinbouw (‘Sustainable Horticulture Platform’) at Wageningen UR has shown that three water purification technologies are capable of removing 80-100% of crop protection agents present in greenhouse horticulture drainage water. These technologies can …

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An agroforestry parkland in Saponé, Burkina Faso. Photo: Aida Bargués Tobella/SLU
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Trees function as water harvesters in African drylands

Tree cover works well for water retention in African drylands – but the right tree density is needed for best results, and there are pitfalls in extrapolating findings  from temperate regions to tropical ones. Author: Daisy Ouya. Source: Agroforestry World Native trees that dot African dryland areas bring a welcome …

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Offshore desalination prototype wins funding
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Offshore desalination prototype wins funding

Engineering consultancy 4NRg has won European Commission funding for its development of a prototype mechanical offshore desalination unit that requires no electrical power. Source: Desalination & Water Reuse Quarterly Renewable sector engineering company 4NRg has won funding for its development of a prototype mechanical offshore desalination unit. The £42,000 grant …

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Wicked problems: then and now

What are “wicked problems”, why are they wicked and what does it take to do something about them? Author: Larry Harrington. Source: CGIAR Agriculture and Ecosystem Blog Wicked problems are central issues in our new book, “Water Scarcity, Livelihoods and Food Security: Research and Innovation for Development”, which is based …

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sand dams for peace
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Sand dams for peace

The root causes of many of today’s conflicts are likely to lie in poverty, food and water insecurity. Sand dams – simple reinforced rubble cement walls built across a seasonal sandy river to retain rainwater and recharge groundwater – are contributing to a real opportunity for change in a Kenyan …

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Agriculture and climate change in the GCC countries

Environmental Cost and Face of Agriculture in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries: Fostering Agriculture in the Context of Climate Change Shahid, Shabbir A., Ahmed, Mushtaque (Eds.) Springer, €118.99 eBook, €139.99 hardback This collection of papers outlines success stories from countries such as UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Oman …

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The vital role of earth observation satellites for monitoring water resources and agriculture in the MENA region

The problem of plants cultivated in soils with high salinity is the concentration of toxic ions in the root zone, affecting water uptake and transpiration. An experiment at ICBA suggests a genetic component in reaction to salinity. Author: Adla Khalaf. Source: Biosalinity News Determining changes in water resources, especially those …

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