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Wednesday, 2014/09/10 | 08:03:12

8 September 2014, New Delhi, India – Today FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and made a Fellow of India's National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) during his first official mission to the country.
 

Tuesday, 2014/09/09 | 08:05:27

Ebola virus causing hemorrhagic fever is fast spreading in some areas of Africa since December 2013 leading to over 1,000 deaths. Thus, scientists are speeding up the development of drugs and vaccines that could end the outbreak.

Monday, 2014/09/08 | 08:25:05

4 September 2014, Bagdad/Rome - FAO is scaling-up critical food and agriculture assistance to highly vulnerable rural households in Iraq thanks to a generous $14.7 million grant from Saudi Arabia. The donation is part of a $500 million grant that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has provided to support Iraqis affected by the recent crisis.

Sunday, 2014/09/07 | 07:51:47

Spiders produce peptide ω-Hexatoxin-Hv1a (Hvt), a venom toxin with proven insecticidal properties against arthropods belonging to orders Lepidoptera, Diptera, and Orthroptera. The gene coding for Hvt has been transferred into cotton and tobacco to develop plants with resistance to lepidopteran pests. Researchers from National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Pakistan and partners assessed the expression of the ω-HXTX-Hv1a gene in transgenic plants, and the toxicity of plant-expressed and purified Hvt on target lepidopteran insects and on several non-target species.

Friday, 2014/09/05 | 08:10:01

A seminar on socio-economic considerations of agricultural biotechnology was held at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) on August 27, 2014. This event brought together 60 participants from universities, industries, and tri-media to raise awareness on the socio economic consideration of biotechnology in Indonesia based on the Cartagena Protocol on Biodiversity.

Friday, 2014/09/05 | 08:07:28

Plants respond to water loss by boosting calcium levels in their cells. The calcium surge then triggers coping mechanisms to help the plant rebalance its water budget, but the molecular machinery that plants use to send this signal has remained unknown.

Thursday, 2014/09/04 | 08:00:22

Cornell University launched a new initiative aimed at intensifying the voice of science in the agri-biotechnology dialogue. The initiative is called Cornell Alliance for Science. According to Sarah Evanga, Director of the Alliance, the initiative is a "radical collaboration"

Wednesday, 2014/09/03 | 12:01:24

As the gap between rich and poor continues to grow in developing countries, increasing investment in rural people is crucial if we are to eradicate hunger and poverty, explains IFAD's President. To eradicate poverty and hunger, inclusive growth will have to reach the remotest and most marginalized areas− exactly the places where IFAD has a comparative advantage because of its special mandate and 35 years of experience

Tuesday, 2014/09/02 | 11:04:41

Scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, and West Virginia University used a combination of genome-wide selection scans and analyses to elucidate the process involved in genetic variation of poplar populations.

Monday, 2014/09/01 | 05:30:19

The growth of agri-biotechnology has increased Philippines' prospects for increased food and feed exports to regional markets, according to a government official. Dr. Segfredo Serrano, Agriculture Undersecretary  for Policy, Planning, Research & Development and Regulations, said that higher yields for the yellow corn biotech variety "favored the livestock industry and enabled farmers to export corn sillage to South Korea."

 

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