Seed Handling Articles

  • How `open source` seed producers from the U.S. to India are changing global food production

    Around the world, plant breeders are resisting what they see as corporate control of the food supply by making seeds available for other breeders to use. Frank Morton has been breeding lettuce since the 1980s. His company offers 114 varieties, among them Outredgeous, which last year became the first plant that ...


    By Ensia

  • The developing world is awash in pesticides. Does it have to be?

    Herbicides, insecticides and fungicides threaten the environment and human health in many parts of the world. But research is pointing to a better approach. In today’s globalized world, it is not inconceivable that one might drink coffee from Colombia in the morning, munch cashews from Vietnam for lunch and gobble grains from Ethiopia for dinner. That we can enjoy these ...


    By Ensia

  • Getting seed to smallholders needs a business approach

    A locally owned, alternative model of supplying affordable seed is working for Africa’s framers, says Joe DeVries. Smallholder farmers in Africa — mostly women — wage silent battles against the elements and other forces beyond their control to feed ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Why Raw material Substitution can harm producers

    The evolution of technologies, high prices, new regulations or high risks on supplies threatens the position of certain raw materials to substitutions. The substitution of one material for another industry takes many forms and can have a significant impact, on both the market and involved companies, said the research firm EY in a recent study on "super cycle" for mining and oil companies. "The ...


    By Stanford Magnets

  • Nonfood Biodiesel Seed Leaflet: Pongamia Pinnata

    Pongamia Pinnata is one of the few nitrogen fixing trees (NFTS) to produce seeds containing 30-42% oil. The seed oil is an important asset of this tree having been used as lamp oil, in soap making, and as a lubricant for thousands of years. It is often planted as an ornamental and shade tree but CJP has honor to establish this untapped resource as alternative source for Bio- Diesel industry of ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Global convergence meets local divergence: intellectual property in Indian seed markets

    International organisations advocate global convergence in intellectual property as a prerequisite for successful innovation strategies. The difficulties of achieving such harmonisation are, however, evident from the attempts of several nations to develop divergent intellectual property systems. This paper explores the causes of institutional divergence and uses intellectual property for seed ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Supplementation of ogi, a maize-based infant weaning food, with African oil bean seed (Pentaclethra macrophylla Benth)

    Maize ogi is a popular starchy porridge in the west coasts of Africa. Although consumed by adults as a breakfast cereal, its main use is as a weaning food for infants. In this study, the quality of ogi from a composite mixture of maize (Zea mays L.) and oil bean seed (Pentaclethra macrophylla Benth) flours was evaluated. Maize was substituted with oil bean seed at ratios of 90:10, 80:20, 70:30 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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    By BioCycle Magazine

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