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Saturday, 2013/07/20 | 16:24:03

An international team of researchers working on the project Sc2.0 are working together to build the world's first synthetic version of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome. This global effort when completed, will be the first time scientists are able to build the whole genome of a eukaryotic organism. Different teams from universities in the United Kingdom, United States, China, and India are responsible for building each of the 16 individual yeast chromosomes that will comprise the complete genome.

Friday, 2013/07/19 | 08:16:21

A team of scientists from Wageningen University and Research Center (Wageningen UR) have discovered that the tomato fungus Cladosporium disables plant's ability to sense the fungus attack.

Thursday, 2013/07/18 | 08:29:56

The James Hutton Institute will undertake a three-year research project to build the world's first 'library' of potato mutants which can be used as an information resource for further genetic research and development of valuable strains. The project will be led by Dr. Glenn Bryan, who said "Potato, despite its global importance as a crop, has never been subjected to the same types of mutational analysis as models and other crop plants

Wednesday, 2013/07/17 | 08:12:23

A high-level meeting on eradication of hunger in Africa was attended by International and African leaders in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia from June 30 to July 1, 2013. The meeting, organized by the African Union (AU), the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) among others, has adopted a declaration to end hunger in Africa by 2025.

Monday, 2013/07/15 | 08:08:34

The producer of “Hopper Race”, a documentary film about the rice planthopper problems in Asia,  Ms Juka Kawaai, of TV Environment Japan, received the prestigious Matsukawa Award for Best Short Documentary in the Yufuincho Film Festival, one of the oldest film festival in Japan. The film produced in collaboration with IRRI and ADB captures not only the scientific elements why rice planthopper outbreaks occur but the human aspects of the pest outbreaks.

Sunday, 2013/07/14 | 07:04:40

Pakistan's Minister for National Food Security and Research stressed the need to promote biotechnology to improve agricultural productivity in the country during the launch of ISAAA's Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops 2012 Report in Islamabad. The Minister said that agricultural biotechnology can address the global issue of food insecurity, adding that it is necessary to promote and enhance understanding of biotechnology among Pakistan's farmers.

Friday, 2013/07/12 | 08:10:09

The Lee Foundation, a charitable foundation in Singapore, has donated US$3 million to educate and train a new generation of rice scientists. With the Lee Foundation's support, the scholarship will fund 15-18 PhD scholars for three to four years

Friday, 2013/07/12 | 08:07:13

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made arrangements to establish a biotechnology laboratory in Nigeria to help build capacity in the country's national programs and in the African region as well

Thursday, 2013/07/11 | 08:23:27

Global food security has remained stable during the past year despite the challenges of food price volatility, political unrest, the ongoing European political crisis, and severe drought in the Midwestern U.S. and Eastern Europe. This is according to the 2013 Global Food Security Index (GFSI), released in Santiago, Chile by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Wednesday, 2013/07/10 | 16:11:09

Cacao has been grown in Indonesia for hundreds of years and since the 1980s, grew rapidly to be now the third largest producer in the world with annual production of 550,000 – 570,000 metric tons forecast in the 2012/2013 crop year. Since the early 2000s, there has been an ongoing decline in quality and productivity, which has undermined cacao farm profitability, presenting a substantial risk to the survival of the industry in Indonesia, while global markets are still strong.

 

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