natural fiber crop News

  • Cotton’s global genetic resources

    A multinational collaborative effort among cotton scientists produced a report on the status of the global cotton genetic resources. According to the report, cotton production relies primarily on two species, with 48 other species catalogued in the various seed collections that have largely been poorly characterized and under-utilized in crop improvement efforts. Based on the findings of this ...

  • CropLife Asia & Regional Plant Science Industry Celebrate Earth Day

    Nearly 400,000 plant species provide our planet with the nutritious food, fiber, fresh air, and medicine we need to survive, but it is estimated that roughly one-fifth of those are at risk of extinction due to environmental threats. On this 47th anniversary of Earth Day, CropLife Asia and the region's plant science industry have joined together to celebrate the agricultural innovations that have ...


    By CropLife Asia

  • Is biomass production profitable?

    Cellulosic ethanol has emerged as a leading candidate biofuel that could contribute significantly to meeting U.S. liquid fuel demand while reducing net greenhouse gas emissions. Feasibility of large-scale cellulosic ethanol production depends not only on the development of cost effective processing methods, but also on the availability of large quantities of cellulosic biomass for conversion to ...

  • Pollinators vital to our food supply under threat

    A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food supplies, according to the first global assessment of pollinators. However, the assessment, a two-year study conducted and released today by the Intergovernmental ...

  • Syngenta in cellulosic fuel collaboration to increase ethanol plant productivity

    Collaboration to use new process to make cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber Technology to be marketed in combination with Enogen corn Ethanol yield per bushel of corn expected to increase substantially Syngenta announced today an agreement with Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies, LLC to license its ACE (Adding Cellulosic Ethanol) technology, a new process for ethanol ...


    By Syngenta

  • USDA program promotes products such as plant-based bottles

    A program designed to promote ethanol and biodiesel fuels will be expanded to companies using plant-based plastic, rubber and fiber in manufacturing products such as bottles and packaging, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. The USDA is proposing in a new agency rule to add manufacturers of these plant-based products to a loan guarantee program that has provided more than $844 ...


    By Associated Press

  • Double A's 'Paper from KHAN-NA' Program Wins Asian CSR Awards 2011 for Poverty Alleviation

    Paper from KHAN-NA, a unique sustainable tree farming program of Thailand-based premium quality paper maker Double A (www.DoubleAPaper.com), emerged as the winner in the Poverty Alleviation category of the 9th Asian Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards, Asia's premiere awards program in corporate social responsibility."We are deeply honoured and grateful for being considered as one of the ...


    By Japan Corporate News - JCN

  • Volatile Cotton Sector Struggles to Balance Cost and Benefits

    Growing cotton provides livelihoods for an estimated 100 million households in as many as 85 countries. But adverse global market conditions and reliance on large doses of water, fertilizer, and pesticides impose considerable social and environmental costs, writes Michael Renner, senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute, in the Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online article ( ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • World Soil Day hails symbiotic role of pulses to boost sustainable agriculture

    Soil and pulses can make major contributions to the challenge of feeding the world's growing population and combating climate change, especially when deployed together, according to Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life, a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization released on  ...

  • USDA Announces $14 Million in Grants Supporting Economic Growth for Rural Communities

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced nearly $14 million in grants to support four programs to increase prosperity in rural America through research, education, and extension programs focused on promoting rural community development, economic growth, and sustainability. "Nearly 60 million Americans live in rural areas, and ...

  • The 2012 LIFE+ projects

    Austria 4 projects (14.5 million) LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 3.6 million) LIFE-URBANLAKE (Stadt Wien – Magistratsabteilung 45 – Wiener Gewässer): This project intends to define strategies to reduce the vulnerability of the “Alte Donau” from effects of climate ...

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