Scientists at the Federal nuclear research center based in the town of Sarov have made a stunning discovery in agriculture. The crop capacity of some plants can be boosted by use of man-made lightning. The experiments are currently under way in one of the farms located in the Nizhny Novgorod region. Potatoes, cucumbers and grains are being treated by electromagnetic charges. The Federal nuclear center personnel attend the farm for scientific purposes.
A series of tests in biophysics is under way on a farm run by the All-Russian research institute of experimental physics. Farmers learned from experience that frequent thunderstorms are likely to increase yield on crop production.
Sarov researchers designed a machine capable of producing lighting in a laboratory or a hothouse. The plants get a weekly supply of light energy during a short flash. The plants
are thought to be using the energy stored even when the sky is overcast. The cucumbers grown with the help of artificial lighting look like regular cucumbers grown in a usual way. Both varieties are identical in color, size and taste. No genetic changes have been discovered to date. But they do differ by the level of yield.
Researchers count the number of flowers, seed-buds and fruits grown at the testing farm.
Another team of scientists work in a grain storage facility. They use a special machine for making the grain ?wake up? after the winter sleep. The grain will be growing healthier and quicker after the treatment by strong magnetic field. The machine had been originally designed for classified military purposes. As it turned out, it?s more useful in agriculture. The technique is capable of giving a 16% boost to the crop capacity.
?As a rule, we begin sowing quite late in spring because we fear that the light morning frost will damage the seeds. Therefore we run out of time when harvesting in late fall due to freezing temperatures. The new method will enable us to reduce the time of harvest while increasing the yield and maintaining the quality of produce at the same level,? says Viktor Selimer, director of research center #1 under the All-Russian institute of experimental physics.
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