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Wednesday, 2014/07/16 | 07:55:24

Scientists from the University of Adelaide in Australia have identified the genes in wheat that control tolerance to boron toxicity, a significant yield-limiting soil condition around the globe. Project leader Dr. Tim Sutton said "About 35% of the world's seven billion people depend on wheat for survival.

Tuesday, 2014/07/15 | 07:59:20

Jane Karuku, president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) believes that encouraging more people into agriculture can help increase productivity of African farmers. Karuku said that young people do not like agriculture because it is hard and treacherous. But according to her, "there is new demand now for mechanization, making agriculture sexy."

Monday, 2014/07/14 | 08:19:47

USAID Bangladesh organized a special Journalist Roundtable about Bt brinjal in Bangladesh on July 8, 2014 at Dhaka following up on an earlier event on food safety. The theme of the discussion was Bt Brinjal: The Myths and Realities.

Sunday, 2014/07/13 | 12:40:14

Biologists at University of California San Diego have discovered a new genetic pathway in plants made up of four genes from three gene families that control the density of breathing pores, or stomata, in plant leaves in response to elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. Led by Julian Schroeder, the team sought to understand the fundamental mechanisms and genes by which CO2 represses stomatal pore development.

Sunday, 2014/07/13 | 12:38:12

Namibia is on the road towards strengthening its goals of enhanced control of food safety, plant and animal pests and diseases threatening agricultural productivity. This follows the newly launched partnership between the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Saturday, 2014/07/12 | 08:30:03

Speaking before the Maui County Council committee last week, Environmental Protection Agency officials stated that there are no health problems linked with consumption of biotech papaya rainbow.  A proposal to ban the biotech crop has been submitted to the committee and is currently under review. According to EPA biotech special assistant, Chris Wozniak, there is no difference between eating rainbow papaya and a papaya with virus, which commonly happens.

Friday, 2014/07/11 | 08:21:29

Biotechnology has the potential to help improve soil health, according to David Montgomery, author of Dirt, The Erosion of Civilizations and a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He said this during the World Congress on Conservation Agriculture held on June 22-25, 2014 in Indiana, USA. He explained that biotech can help improve soil health, but it is not happening yet. "But I would basically argue that if we reframed how we evaluate agriculture to be towards building soil and building soil fertility, then the degree to which anything, GMO products included, could work towards that goal should be considered," he said.

Friday, 2014/07/11 | 08:17:55

Scientists from the University of Adelaide in Australia have identified the genes in wheat that control tolerance to boron toxicity, a significant yield-limiting soil condition around the globe. Project leader Dr. Tim Sutton said "About 35% of the world's seven billion people depend on wheat for survival.

Thursday, 2014/07/10 | 07:55:45

The Gambian governor of Lower River Region (LRR), Salifu Puye, hailed the media practitioners as powerful catalysts in agricultural development. He stressed the significant function of the media in influencing favorable changes in agriculture by promoting best agricultural practices, agricultural technologies, and fostering positive attitudes and perceptions that can lead to an effective farming community.

Wednesday, 2014/07/09 | 08:00:32

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) released the results of their study on the attitudes of Australians towards science and technology.

 

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