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Thursday, 2015/08/20 | 08:23:59

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) released the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) Reports on Agricultural Biotechnology for several countries. Here are the some highlights of the reports:

Wednesday, 2015/08/19 | 08:21:32

The CPF 2012- 2016 takes a results-based approach that builds on FAO’s comparative strengths and partnerships at national and international levels, with the aim of increasing the impact and effectiveness of FAO’s support at the level of policy and strategic dialogue, and enhancing resource mobilization opportunities for this purpose.

Tuesday, 2015/08/18 | 07:45:25

In India, zinc (Zn) is now considered as fourth most important yield limiting nutrient in agricultural crops. Zn deficiency in Indian soils is likely to increase from 49 to 63% by 2025. India is leading in groundnut acreage but behind the China in production due to less productivity. Apart from raindependant cultivation and mineral nutrition play a vital role in groundnut productivity. Among the nutrients, Zn deficiency cause yield loss to the maximum of 40% in groundnut.

Monday, 2015/08/17 | 08:57:52

The answers to these will be discussed by Robert S. Zeigler, director general of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), when he addresses delegates to the smarter food production session of the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health (Forum 2015) on 26 August at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila.

Sunday, 2015/08/16 | 13:48:05

In an exclusive interview, renowned agricultural scientist and geneticist Professor MS Swaminathan, Father of Green Revolution in India, has shared his views on stalled field trials of GM crops and the current scenario of agriculture in India. Stressing the need for GM crops in the country, Professor Swaminathan said, "GM technology helps us to produce varieties which are climate-smart. Green Revolution involves the use of new plant architecture."

Saturday, 2015/08/15 | 05:42:17

Scientists from Belarus who visited the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) have expressed keen interest to build agricultural machinery plants in Pakistan. Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Skiandar Hayat khan Bosan presided the meeting on July 30, 2015, attended by the delegation from Belarus and scientists from PARC

Friday, 2015/08/14 | 08:04:05

New research led by Michigan State University (MSU) and the Van Andel Research Institute has revealed the molecular secrets of plants' defense mechanisms at the atomic level. The study focuses on the plant hormone jasmonate and its interaction with three key plant proteins, MYC, JAZ, and MED25. Jasmonate plays a crucial role in regulating defenses when plants come under attacks from pests or pathogens, but takes a significant amount of energy to produce, severely affecting plant growth.

Thursday, 2015/08/13 | 09:15:07

Ten Kenyan parliamentarians drawn from various house committees have assured scientists of their support in biotech research. They said this after touring various agri-biotechnology research facilities during a biotechnology travelling workshop in Nairobi organized by ISAAA AfriCenter, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) together with Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and the National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) with partners.

Wednesday, 2015/08/12 | 07:58:14

The University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Agriculture (UPLB-CA) held an orientation for UPLB-CA freshmen and their parents on Sunday, 2 August 2015. This included a guided tour of the IRRI headquarters (HQ) facilities, which was made possible through partnership efforts led by the newly appointed UPLB-CA dean, Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, and IRRI Deputy Director General for Communication and Partnerships, Dr. Bruce J. Tolentino.

 

Tuesday, 2015/08/11 | 08:37:59

You may have come across recent reports on a retraction of a journal article on Golden Rice. This is not a new issue. While IRRI was not involved with the study, the Institute is committed to making sure the research continues because of the Golden Rice project’s crucial humanitarian purpose. Bob Zeigler posted a blog on this topic almost two years ago. The points Bob made about the retracted article are just as valid now:

 

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