Camelina feed, meal and oil shows potential to improve animal products

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An oilseed hat-trick: Camelina seed, meal and oil fed to chickens, goats and fish makes for healthier animal products, a growing body of research suggests. In one Romanian university study it was shown that goats whose feed is supplemented with Camelina produce milk that is healthier for humans. The study by Daniel Mierlita and Simona Iona Vicas, published in the South …

Bees love those pretty yellow camelina flowers

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Researchers have found winter-grown camelina works very well as a forage resource for bees combing for nectar on sparse ground in early spring. Scientists with the United States Department of Agriculture planted pennycress, canola and camelina to see how bees responded to their early spring blooms. “All three cover crops had high insect visitation during their anthesis periods,” says a …


Camelina resists 5 common insect pests of canola

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A team of Saskatoon researchers has found that Camelina seems to naturally resist 5 common insect pests that often plague the Canola crop. The study, published in The Canadian Entomologist, found that Camelina suffered little feeding damage from various crucifer-feeding flea beetles, root maggots or diamondback moths. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers reported that diamondback moths laid fewer eggs on Camelina …


Camelina Approved for Broiler Chicken Meal in Canada

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Smart Earth Seeds is pleased to announce that Camelina meal has been approved for the first time in Canada for use in broiler chicken feed. Smart Earth Seeds is the leading global Camelina enterprise and has been working to develop Camelina as a valuable new oilseed rotation crop in Western Canada. Thanks to the efforts of the University of Saskatchewan, Department …


Smart Earth Seeds at the Western Canadian Crop Production Show

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Coming to a Crop Show near you … Smart Earth Seeds is pleased to be attending the Western Canadian Crop Production Show again this year, where we offer producers the very latest information about how to best grow the exciting oilseed crop Camelina, and describe its many functions and uses. The show, from January 12-15, 2015, at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, …


What’s in a Name? Synonyms for Camelina sativa

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In many languages Camelina is simply …. Camelina. Camelina may also be called: gold-of-pleasure, caméline de l’Ouest, linseed dodder, petit lin, camelina pilosa, false flax, Hryst [Serbian], Lnicznik [Polish], sésame d’Allemagne, big seed false flax, Tuder [Estonian], large seeded false flax, caméline ciliée, Рыжик посевной [Russian], caméline faux-lin, western false flax, wild flax, Dutch flax, faux-lin, petit lin, sésame bâtard, Leindotter, Saat-Leindotter, dodder …


Camelina recorded in Carl Linnaeus’s early manuscripts

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Included among a handwritten list of plant genera in Carl Linnaeus’s Manuscripta Medica Tom. I (1727 – 1730) we find Camelina! A distinguished scientist and doctor, the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus developed the binomial naming system of plants and animals with which we are all familiar. His work provides the fundamental framework for knowledge of the biota of the Earth, supporting effective …


What’s Camelina worth? Hot topic of the week in rural New York, 1864

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Among the contemporary Agricultural Topics in Moore’s Rural New Yorker (Rochester) for the week ending Saturday September 3, 1864, is the question of the present value of Camelina sativa: Alonzo Hendrick writes: — “I send you, herewith, some yellow seed or false flax. Is it worth anything in market. I have often heard it said it was worth as much as flax …


Camelina found in Viking-era burial sites, settlements

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Organic material from Viking settlements shows that the famous Old Norse seafarers and warriors produced bread from sieved flours of flax (Linum usitatissimum) and gold of pleasure (Camelina sativa). “The majority of surviving Swedish prehistoric bread can be dated to the later part of the Early Medieval Period (which in Sweden incorporates the Migration Period (400 -550 AD), the Vendel …


Camelina oil noted by Confederate physician during US Civil War

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Here is a snippet about the extraordinary properties and uses of Camelina [Gold of Pleasure] oil that was prepared for the Confederate Army during the US Civil War. Resources Of The Southern Fields And Forests was written in 1863 by Dr. Francis Peyre Porcher to provide “scientific and popular knowledge as regards the medicinal, economical, and useful properties of the …