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  • Secrets of successful breeding revealed in Potato Breeding Manual

    The Potato Breeding Manual was presented during the Potato Europe Exhibition in Emmeloord, the Netherlands, on 11 September. The book was handed over to Kees van Arendonk, chair of the Dutch Potato Organisation (NAO) an is available in English and Dutch. In this manual the secrets of successful potato breeding are revealed. This book aims not only at potato breeders. It is a source of inspiration ...

  • Farmers fund research to breed gluten-free wheat

    Kansas farmers are paying for genetic research to figure out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat. The hard science is aimed at developing new varieties of wheat at a time when the gluten-free industry is worth nearly a billion dollars a year in the U.S. alone. The Kansas Wheat Commission is spending $200,000 for the first two years of the project, which is meant to identify ...


    By Associated Press

  • Breeding poultry with improved natural resistance

    Is it possible to improve the natural immunity of poultry through breeding? Selection of poultry with high levels of natural antibodies, will increase animal welfare , reduce antibiotic usage and increase profit. Wageningen UR researcher Tom Berghof stands on the threshold of this process. “Thanks to DNA markers we will in future be capable of selecting animals with high levels of natural ...

  • Breeding more uniform Nile Tilapia

    For fish farmers, uniformity of growth and body size is one of the key traits to be improved in future breeding programs. In domestic Nile Tilapia size differences among individuals are very large but the genetic background of this variability is almost entirely unknown. In a new study, published by Genetics Selection Evolution, researchers of Wageningen UR found that variability of harvest ...

  • Genome analysis helps in breeding more robust cows

    Genome analysis of 234 bulls has put researchers, including several from Wageningen Livestock Research, on the trail of DNA variants which influence particular characteristics in breeding bulls. For example, two variants have proven responsible for disruptions to the development of embryos and for curly hair, which is disadvantageous because more ticks and parasites occur in curly hair than in ...

  • PhilRice and IRRI Jointly Protect Elite Breeding Lines

    Mutual protection of elite breeding lines marked a renewed collaboration between thePhilippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), signed at the PhilRice headquarters at the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, on 3 April 2014. Elite breeding lines are next-generation rice varieties that contribute to ...

  • Crop breeding gets boost from sweet potatoes

    In Uganda, the sweet potato is a major staple crop. Behind China and Nigeria, Uganda produces the most sweet potatoes in the world. Nationwide, families grow the crop to feed themselves, their livestock and to use as a source of income. Small scale agricultural operations use a large number of sweet potato varieties in their planting. These varieties are steadily being lost due to weevils, sweet ...

  • STW-Breed4Food Partnership for sustainable livestock breeding

    Technology Foundation STW and the business consortium Breed4Food have launched an ambitious new research programme that links many scientific disciplines with livestock breeding. The aim of the programme – known as the STW-Breed4Food Partnership – is to acquire new insights into sustainability, animal health and welfare and to improve efficiency. STW and the ...

  • International crop breeding programme needed for African farming

    Climate change poses a large threat to African agriculture, but there is little research on how to respond. A recent study indicates that traditional adaptation methods are not enough and international collaboration is needed in 'planned adaptation' by collecting and conserving certain crops for the future. A large proportion of the African population - mainly the poor - depend on agriculture for ...

  • Participatory breeding program assists organic tomato growers

    Organic tomato production is growing rapidly in Midwestern states in the US, as evidenced by a USDA study that found certified organic tomato production increased more than 277% in the region from 2007-2011. The authors of a report in the September 2015 issue of HortScience say that to keep up with high consumer demand, organic tomato growers need to identify cultivars that are well-adapted to ...

  • Biological pest control via nematode ‘breeding’ and smart fungi

    The European project BIOCOMES brings together companies and research institutes that are looking to bring new means of biological pest control to the market as a way for the EU to stimulate integrated pest management (IPM). “After two years, we are now halfway through the project and have already made some concrete achievements,” says BIOCOMES coordinator Jürgen Köhl, ...

  • New App Involves Farmers in Investment Decisions in Rice Breeding

    Investment Game Application (IGA), a new tablet app, helps farmers in South and Southeast Asia participate in an “investment market” for public rice breeding. By playing IGA, farmers reveal their preferences for the rice breeding products they most urgently need in order to improve their livelihoods. The app also helps them prioritize the traits they want in their rice varieties ...

  • ESA is recruiting a Technical Manager “Plant Breeding and Variety Registration”

    ESA European Seed Association (www.euroseeds.eu ) is recruiting a Technical Manager “Plant Breeding and Variety Registration” to work full time at the ESA General Secretariat’s office in Brussels, Belgium Job description: The Technical Manager “Plant Breeding and Variety Registration” will ...

  • 28 new rice varieties released in 2014 as scientists ensure responsive breeding for the future

    The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and its partners released at least twenty-eight new rice varieties to governments of eight countries in Asia and Africa in 2014. These newly-released varieties possess high-yielding and stress-tolerance traits that can help farmers overcome challenges, such as the negative effects of climate change, in their rice growing ecosystems. Some of the ...

  • Animal reproduction research to transform industry

    Being able to produce more animals of the desirable sex to re-stock the herd, pond or sea cage has been a long-held goal of industry, as have cost effective and welfare-friendly ways to control unwanted animal pregnancies. Thanks to new research being undertaken by an international partnership led by CSIRO, these goals are set to become reality. According to CSIRO’s Food Futures Flagship ...

  • Boost for high rainfall zone wheat research

    Research into developing more productive wheat varieties in Australia has been given a major boost following an equity investment in HRZ Wheats Pty Ltd by one of the nation's leading agricultural disease and pest control companies, Dow AgroSciences Australia Ltd. Established in 2003 specifically to develop hardy, high-rainfall-zone (HRZ) wheat varieties, HRZ Wheats’ other equity ...

  • Wheat Initiative launches its Strategic Research Agenda

    To meet the expected 60% raise in demand for wheat by 2050, coordination of research and significant investments are needed to increase wheat sustainable production globally. The Wheat Initiative presented today its Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) to the G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists gathered in Turkey. Wheat is a staple food worldwide and provides 20% of all calories ...

  • DAFWA researcher wins Seed of Light award

    The winner of the 2014 Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) western region Seed of Light award is Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) research officer Ben Biddulph. The presentation of the award – made annually to someone who makes a significant contribution to communicating the outcomes of grains research – took place today at Perth’s Agribusiness Crop ...

  • China's Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Research Report

    With the development of China’s economy and the government’s high attention to agriculture in preferential policies, price support, grain subsidy and other aspects, the agriculture rapidly develops in general.  As for farming industry, the grain output of China increased for consecutive seven years from 2005 to 2011. In 2011, the grain sowing area and output of China all ...


  • New Greenhouses Boost Research, Competitive Edge

    The new Williams Hall greenhouse complex on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Wooster campus is much more than a replacement for the greenhouse lost to a tornado almost five years ago: It’s a state-of-the-art facility that will help advance plant research and strengthen Ohio agriculture. The original Williams Hall greenhouse complex was leveled by a September ...


    By Ohio State University

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