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  • Genome sequencing could boost African banana production

    The entire genome of the banana plant has been sequenced, offering insights into its genetic evolution that could lead to significant future genetic improvements, the researchers involved have said. The study’s lead researcher, Angelique D'Hont, from the French Agricultural Research Centre for International ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The changing face of global banana trade

    Despite the continued importance of multinational companies in the global trade of bananas, their involvement in banana production has fallen dramatically over the past three decades, shifting their sphere of action to favor other areas in the sector and opening the door to opportunities for other companies. This view of the changing nature of the global ...

  • DNA of banana fungus unravelled for more sustainable banana crops

    An international consortium led by scientists from Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) has unravelled the DNA of Pseudocercospora fijiensis, the fungus that causes the much-feared black Sigatoka disease in bananas. The findings provide leads for increasing the sustainability of banana cultivation, for instance through the development of a resistant banana plant. The results were ...

  • Cultural change in Kenyan banana farming

    Farmers in Nkubu, Meru County, central Kenya, are experimenting with a new banana production method with the help of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the Kaguri Agricultural Training Centre The introduction of laboratory grown tissue culture banana seedlings has significantly boosted the local economy. Such tissue cultures allow ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New $13.8 million project aims to boost banana production in Uganda and Tanzania

    Millions of smallholder banana farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are set to benefit from a new $13.8 million project to develop and distribute higher-yielding, disease-resistant hybrid banana varieties. The effort is being funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Rony Swennen, a ...

  • FAO urges countries to step up action against destructive banana disease

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention of one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt, which recently spread from Asia to Africa and the Middle East, and which has the potential to affect countries in Latin America. The ...

  • Banana compost could boost crop yields, a study finds

    Using old banana trees to make compost may help boost crop yields while cutting down water and fertiliser use, according to an Egyptian researcher. Banana-based fertiliser could cut about 20 per cent of the water used in irrigating maize and lead to better yields and improved soil properties — such as availability of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Fight against Black Sigatoka must continue to save small Caribbean banana farms

    FAO warns that without increased commitment to combat Black Sigatoka Disease, which has ravaged banana and plantain production in the Caribbean, vulnerable people could face food insecurity if the disease situation is allowed to further deteriorate. Black Sigatoka disease is considered one of the most dangerous diseases of banana and plantain. It spread from Asia and reached the Caribbean in ...

  • Improving the productivity of tropical potato cultivation

    Potatoes thrive in tropical highlands. The tubers are healthier than rice, banana or cassava, and can play an important role in food security. Production is, however, often very low due to various diseases and farmers can struggle to generate sufficient added value. This is where Wageningen comes in.Potato specialist Anton Haverkort travels the world giving advice on how to bring cultivation ...

  • Pedro Torres and Horticultorres Introduces New FibreDust Products in Mexico

    In the summer of 2015, Pedro Torres Plaza founded Horticultorres S. de R.L. de C.V., a new company active in the field providing horticultural supplies and consulting to the Mexican greenhouse industry. Before the start of Horticultorres, Torres, an entrepreneur, realized early on that horticulture was his passion. After graduating from ITESM, campus Queretaro as an Agronomist, ...


    By FibreDust LLC

  • Targeting gaps in the food supply chain: going beyond agricultural production to achieve food security

    Agricultural production is only the first step in moving the world’s food from farm to fork, according to Nourishing the Planet, a project of the Worldwatch Institute. The other links in the food chain—harvesting, packaging, storing, transporting, marketing, and selling—ensure that food actually reaches consumers. Inefficiencies in these activities, rather than just low yields ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Uganda starts `historic` trials on GM staple crops

    Ugandan researchers will carry out a series of field trials on some of the major food crops that have been genetically modified (GM), following several recent approvals by the Uganda National Biosafety Committee, despite a lack of clear legislation on commercialising any such products within the country. They will seek to develop both transgenic and conventional maize varieties tolerant to ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Chiquita Brands International, Inc : Chiquita Brands Set to Celebrate Earth Day With Community Outreach

    Chiquita Brands Set to Celebrate Earth Day With Community OutreachEmployees to Volunteer in Local CommunitiesOpportunity to Showcase That Every Day is Earth DayCHARLOTTE, ...


    By Thomson Reuters

  • Climate-smart farming takes root in Kenya

    Like most African countries, Kenya is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. There is growing concern about potential stress on fragile ecosystems and rural communities, especially in the arid and semi-arid agro-ecological zones and some humid highland areas of the country. In keeping with the Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture (SRA) of Kenya 2010-2015 and Kenya's vision 2030, ...

  • U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of EPA Decision on Carbofuran Domestic Tolerances

    The U.S. Supreme Court today denied a petition by FMC Corporation and three national grower groups for review of a lower appellate court ruling which had upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to deny an administrative hearing on the revocation of domestic tolerances for carbofuran.    "We are greatly disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to review the lower ...

  • Let`s add climate knowledge to agroforestry plans

    We need to know more about how smallholder agroforestry can help farmers adapt to climate change, write James Roshetko and Rodel Lasco. Much is known about agroforestry — the mixing of tree species with crops and livestock to enrich farmers' livelihoods. But less is known about how it can help farmers adapt to climate change. This gap in our knowledge is increasingly ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Traditional farming methods in India protect birds

    Under the right conditions, traditional agricultural practices can support significant biodiversity in farmed areas over the long term. A new study shows that arecanut plantations combined with forest areas support bird life. The researchers studied bird communities in arecanut plantations found in southwest India to assess whether biodiversity could be sustained in an agriculturally developed ...

  • BioNovelus Reveals New Green Solution For Food Security at International Agricultural Fair

    With ever increasing interest internationally in organic agriculture, BioNovelus’ (PINKSHEETS: ONOV) booth at Agritrade Expo and Conference which took place March 23 and 24 in Guatemala commanded a lot of attention during the two-day fair. BioNovelus CEO and President, Jean Ekobo, who led the company’s Central American delegation, was not surprised that interest in the company’s ...


    By BioNovelus Inc.

  • Bioconservación at the 1st all Africa Postharvest Congress

    Bioconservación participated from 28th to 31st March, 2017 in the “1st All Africa Post Harvest Congress & Exhibition” which took place in Nairobi (Kenya) and was the first congress on this discipline held on the whole of the continent of Africa. Under the slogan ‘Reducing Food Losses and Waste: Sustainable Solutions for ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Potato battery could help meet rural energy needs

    The holy grail of renewable energy research may lie in the cooking pot, according to scientists. The search for a cheap source of electricity for remote, off-grid communities, has led to batteries that work on freshly boiled potatoes. One slice of potato can generate 20 hours of light, and several slices could provide enough energy to power simple medical equipment and even a low-power ...


    By SciDev.Net

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