Capital required to keep up with growth demands

  

EMPOWER WITH PRIME

  

LAST CHANCE !GREAT PASSIVE INCOME! Own part of a Natural Gas station in Ontario, Alberta or BC

  

Real Estate 2-3 yr 60%+ ROI...Multiple opportunities per week

  

Mobile Application for Planning Events

  

Soleil, St Clair, Condominium Project

  

Village Specialized Education - Autism Focused Learning Tools

  

Investor/partner needed for business 'step-up'

  

Hubudub Ltd.

  

MyStory App

  

Roses Forever

  

Zollv a new way to watch videos online

  

Equity and dividend.

  

Dorscheid Brothers looking for investor partners, to become part of the team, in growing company.

  

Igor Acet Services

  

16% to 45% IRR - Turn Key Real Property, Pre-Construction & Organic Agriculture Opportunities

  

Structural Steel and Misc. Steel Fabrication and Erection

  

PURR-fect Harmony Licensing to Global Pet Product Company

  

Evotrux - "Airbnb for Freight"

  

Seeking Investor for Canadian Inventor - Baby/Kids Products & Retail Industry

  

Investor or partner

  

FIN Tech ecommerce app seeking strategic partners.

  

Kisik Construction Inc.

  

Biomass Energy Farm

  

EDO JAPAN FRANCHISE Start Up Business

  

Help our 30 yr SOUP BAR EXPAND! Help us Re-Brand!

  

Equity in Clean Tech Company

  

CBD Hemp Extraction, Investment Opportunity

  

Rapid Stor - Marketplace for Storage Spaces

  

Tomorrow's house Today

  

Genecos

  

Seeking Developer/Construction partner US ICW NC Marina, Boatel, Condos, Restaurant Hunt/fish club

  

Vertical Farming

  

Health Canada Medical Cannabis Licensed Production Facility

  

CBD Hemp Cultivation and Processing

  

Solecraft | High End Shoe Artisans | 70-90% margins

  

Equity offer for up to 30% of a rapidly expanding worldwide adventure travel company

  

HR Headlight Restoration - Expansion Funds - High Returns

  

Online E-Commerce Opportunity

  

Multipurpose event venue catering specifically to Esports & gaming enthusiasts.

  

 

Canadian Investment Network


Recent Blogs


Pitching Help Desk


Testimonials

"Thank you very much for the extra input with my Restaurant/Nightclub proposal. I already have a couple investors who are requesting more info, and that's less than 24hrs after submitting the proposal to you. I am very pleased."
Rodrick Agcaoili

 BLOG >> Recent

SMART Christmas Trees [Agriculture
Posted on December 12, 2017 @ 09:13:00 AM by Paul Meagher

This morning I read an article about Dr. Raj Lada's research on SMART Christmas trees. A primary goal of his research was to slow down how long it takes for Balsam Fir trees to lose their needles. This is a problem for consumers that don't want Christmas tree needles all over their living room, and for the producer who wants to ship their product further afield without worrying about needle drop.

Many factors control post-harvest needle drop from how well hydrated the tree is, what type of hydration is used (don't use clorinated water), where it is positioned (away from a heat source), how it is transported (covered with burlap if travelling a longer distance) and so on. Genetically, however, there are also factors that can prevent needle drop such as how much of the plant stress hormone Ethelene the tree produces. Ethelene ripens fruit and also has an effect on how quickly needles drop. Dr Lada has developed a variety of Christmas tree that produces less Ethelene and is able to retain its needle 2 to 3 times longer (potentially up to 3 months). This is a big deal in the world of Christmas tree retail and production.

The term SMART is an acronym for Senescence Modulated Abscission Regulating Technology. The first SMART seedlings were planted this year so we'll know better in a few years whether such trees will command the premium price developers and growers are hoping for.

Better color, aroma and pest resistance are other attributes that SMART Christmas Tree developers are looking to add to the Balsam Fir gene pool.

This research illustrates a few points:

  1. Don't take anything as a given. Many of us endure fallen needles without thinking this attribute might be improved.
  2. What makes things SMART is not just electronics based. In this age of global warming, we may need alot of our plants to become SMARTER in order to adapt. See Kernza for an example of a SMARTER grain seed.
  3. Industry, Government and Academia can work together well when there is a clear problem to be solved (e.g., needle drop problem) but industry alone lacks the expertise and capital necessary to properly address it.

Ironically, the Christmas Tree Research Centre is slated to shut down after Christmas of this year due to lack of ongoing funding. Dr Lada believes that there is alot more work he could be doing to improve Christmas tree traits. My conjecture is that after hitting his home run on addressing needle drop, other attributes are not considered as important to solve. You apparently cannot rest on your laurels for very long these days.

Part of the Christmas Tree research project involved touring around to find the best Balsam Fir tree specimens to select from. Needles were donated by the owners of this Christmas tree to the research project.


Source The Chronicle Herald

Permalink 

 Archive 
 

Categories


 Agriculture [70]
 Bayesian Inference [14]
 Books [15]
 Business Models [24]
 Causal Inference [2]
 Creativity [7]
 Decision Making [15]
 Decision Trees [8]
 Design [36]
 Eco-Green [4]
 Economics [11]
 Education [10]
 Energy [0]
 Entrepreneurship [59]
 Events [2]
 Farming [20]
 Finance [25]
 Future [15]
 Growth [18]
 Investing [24]
 Lean Startup [10]
 Leisure [5]
 Lens Model [9]
 Making [1]
 Management [9]
 Motivation [3]
 Nature [22]
 Patents & Trademarks [1]
 Permaculture [34]
 Psychology [1]
 Real Estate [2]
 Robots [1]
 Selling [11]
 Site News [14]
 Startups [12]
 Statistics [3]
 Systems Thinking [3]
 Trends [7]
 Useful Links [3]
 Valuation [1]
 Venture Capital [5]
 Video [2]
 Writing [2]