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Thursday, 2014/05/01 | 17:16:34

30 April 2014, Rome – The National Geographic Society and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are teaming up to raise awareness on food and agriculture issues as National Geographic, a U.S.-based nonprofit institution, begins an eight-month, in-depth report on food issues starting with a May cover story in National Geographic magazine and online at NatGeoFood.com.

Thursday, 2014/05/01 | 17:17:41

Nigeria's Supervising Minister for Science and Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, has urged biotech stakeholders in the country not to relent in lobbying for establishment of a Biosafety Law. She noted that this will ensure Nigerians to reap the benefits of modern biotechnology similar to the rest of the world. Mrs. Omobola added that the role of agricultural biotechnology in tackling food insecurity, spurring youth employment and enhancing socioeconomic development cannot be overemphasized.

Tuesday, 2014/04/29 | 08:45:25

24 April 2014, Rome - Despite the continued importance of multinational companies in the global trade of bananas, their involvement in banana production has fallen dramatically over the past three decades, shifting their sphere of action to favor other areas in the sector and opening the door to opportunities for other companies.

Monday, 2014/04/28 | 07:55:32

24 April 2014, Rome/Vienna - Scientists have cracked the genetic code of the bloodsucking tsetse fly, prompting hope that the breakthrough will help future efforts to control one of the most devastating livestock diseases in sub-Saharan Africa spread by the insect.
 

Sunday, 2014/04/27 | 06:54:49

Researchers at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) in Norwich, together with structural biologist Bostjan Kobe in Brisbane, have made a major advance in understanding plant disease resistance. TSL Professor Jonathan Jones (figure) said that they are aware that proteins called RRS1 and RPS4 help recognize specific molecules from pathogenic bacteria, and then use this recognition as a cue to activate defense.

Saturday, 2014/04/26 | 08:38:01

AfricaRice Center (AfricaRice) has launched a project that will identify and harness high-value genes from African rice, Oryza glaberrima. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the project "Rapid mobilization of alleles for rice cultivar improvement in sub-Saharan Africa" will develop new rice varieties that can cope with the increasing challenges of drought, flooding, and soil-related constraints such as iron toxicity. AfricaRice's collection of more than 2,000 samples of this native African rice species will be used in the project.

Friday, 2014/04/25 | 08:00:14

An international team of experts reported in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that ferns got their gene for sensing light from another plant called hornwort through horizontal gene transfer. According to the researchers, ferns encountered an evolutionary burst about 100 years ago and thus 80 percent of present fern species can be traced to that occurrence.

Thursday, 2014/04/24 | 08:21:44

BioVision Alexandria was held on 8 April 2014 in Alexandria, Egypt organized by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and World Life Sciences Forum to provide a platform for exchange of information and dialogue so as to explore the different ways in which life sciences can help meet the challenges facing us in the 21st century.

Wednesday, 2014/04/23 | 08:13:17

22 April 2014, The Hague/Rome – Urgent coordinated action is needed to restore the health of the world’s oceans and secure the long-term well-being and food security of a growing global population. That is a key message of an international summit that opens today in The Hague, the Netherlands.
 

Tuesday, 2014/04/22 | 04:46:29

16 Apr 2014 - The mission for an end to hunger in the world’s most populous region has received a boost, with member countries responding positively to a call by FAO for a “massive effort” to end hunger in Asia and the Pacific.

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