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  • Breeders and soil scientists join training fellowship on sustainable rice production systems in the midst of climate change

    IRRI Training Center, in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), conducted a Regional group fellowship on phenotyping and integrated plant mutation breeding with best fit soil and water management practices for climate change adaptation from 01 to 25 July at IRRI Headquarters. The knowledge gained from the fellowship can help rice workers in creating sustainable rice ...

  • Biological control of plant bugs in greenhouses

    How can we biologically control the European tarnished plant bug and other plant bugs in the greenhouse? Wageningen UR, Entocare biocontrol CV and breeders have been working on a solution for many years. While a trap with pheromone attractant appears to be a good way, initial results show that the trap requires further optimisation to not only attract bugs but capture them as well. The right ...

  • Plant bank to preserve biodiversity of Pacific crops

    The giant swamp taro, the orange-fleshed Fe'i banana and a coconut that grows to half a metre in length are among the native crop species to be saved in a major project that has begun across small islands in the Pacific. The Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) is coordinating the project in which 1,000 unique varieties of staple fruit and vegetables from 7,500 Pacific islands are being ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • FAO launches new standards for plant genebanks

    A new FAO publication is aimed at improving conservation of food crops, many of which are crucial to the world’s food and nutrition security.  The publication, Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, outlines voluntary, international standards for the many repositories – ...

  • Q&A: A plant lab in the palm of your hand

    PhotosynQ, a project based at the University of Michigan in the United States, aims to help plant scientists around the world gather data through a cheap hand-held device called MultispeQ for scanning plant material.  By connecting the device to a smartphone, researchers can use it to collect information about how efficiently a plant photosynthesises, for example, as well ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Some but not all plants can defend themselves against disease on saline soil

    Some plants with resistance against a specific disease are also able to defend themselves effectively when they are stressed due to, for example, drought or saline soil. At the same time, the resistance of other plants no longer functions in these very same conditions. Although this had been assumed for some time, Wageningen scientist Christos Kissoudis is the first person to show why. As a ...

  • New plant varieties developed to thrive despite climate change

    Nuclear technology is helping scientists unmask the hidden potential in plants, allowing plant breeders to develop new crop varieties that can withstand external stress such as drought, often brought about by climate change. Experts believe that climate change will affect the suitability of land for different types of crops, livestock, fish and pasture. It will also have an impact on the health ...

  • TruLite LED Releases Updated Spectral Output For Their LED Plant Grow Lights

    TruLite LED has officially released their latest update and adjustment to spectral output for their LED plant grow lights. Through continuous research and development of their solid state chip configuration, yields just keep getting better. The use of specific colors in very precise wavelengths in their grow lights is important as research continues. These tweaks are done ...


    By TruLite Industries

  • Federal antitrust lawsuit alleges chicken prices fixed

    Last week in Chicago, Maplevale Farms, a New York-based foodservice distribution company, filed a class action lawsuit accusing 14 poultry processors of illegally manipulating poultry supplies to maintain high prices since 2008. According to the lawsuit, broilers account for 98 percent of all chicken meat sold in the United States, and the named defendants, Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s ...

  • Rubisco activase best clue for better photosynthesis in fluctuating light

    Scientists and plant breeders who are aiming to improve food production by improving photosynthesis in crop plants, would make a good choice if they chose to change the composition and concentration of the protein Rubisco activase. In conditions where light intensity changes often and strongly, Rubisco activase is an important limiting factor in boosting the photosynthesis process when light ...

  • New button mushroom varieties need better protection

    A working group has recently been formed to work on a better protection of button mushroom varieties. It’s activities are firstly directed to generate consensus among the spawn/breeding companies to consider using fertile single spore cultures to improve strains as the generation of EDV’s. For this reason the working group has generated a position paper. The group consists of ...

  • Disease-resistant wheat varieties debut in Kenya

    A multinational effort supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency and FAO marked a key milestone this week when a Kenyan university debuted two new varieties of disease-resistant wheat to the nation's farmers. Over the past two days, thousands of Kenyan farmers have visited Eldoret University in western Kenya for a two-day agriculture fair highlighting the latest farming technologies. ...

  • How to prevent the Xanthomonas bacterium from spreading

    Growers of strawberries and strawberry planting material are terrified of the quarantine organism Xanthomonas fragariae. If the bacterium is found, the affected parcel of land has to be partially or even fully cleared. Commissioned by trade association Plantum and the Strawberry Research Foundation, Wageningen UR performed research into how the pathogen is spread in order to prevent spreading. ...

  • Wild Tomato Species Focus of Antioxidant Study

    Tomatoes are known to be rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, lycopene, β-carotene, and phenolics. Antioxidants, substances capable of delaying or inhibiting oxidation processes caused by free radicals, are of interest to consumers for their health-related contributions, and to plant breeders for their ability to provide plants with natural resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. While ...

  • LED lamp to make strawberries tastier and healthier

    Who doesn’t love strawberries? What the Dutch call ‘summer kings’ look enticing, have a delicious taste and contain lots of vitamin C. Scientists at Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture in Bleiswijk think that they can make the taste even better, the levels of antioxidants even higher and, especially, more constant. The trick? Exposing strawberries in a greenhouse to LED lamps. ...

  • MARVIN™ technology saves agriculture & horticulture time and money

    Four hundred thousand seedlings, nearly half of what a plant grower of, say, young tomato plants, produces in one season; this is the amount that sorting machines with the MARVIN technology can process in a single day. They rapidly make 3D models of the plants and accurately evaluate their size and features in milliseconds. “The information can be automatically recorded in a database and ...

  • Tianli Agritech Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

    Tianli Agritech, Inc. (NASDAQ: OINK), a leading producer of breeder and market hogs headquartered in Wuhan City, China, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. First Quarter Highlights: -- Revenue increased to $5.9 million, up 32% from $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2010, reflecting higher pricing and an increase in the number ...


    By Marketwire

  • Sayonara, kudzu bug?

    Adam Bray has spent a lot of time with kudzu bugs. “At night I would see them crawling when I closed my eyes,” he jokes. The kudzu bug originated in east Asia and India and showed up in Georgia, Bray’s home state, in 2009. And like its viney plant namesake, the kudzu bug has earned a negative reputation. “Everybody in Georgia knows about the kudzu bug,” Bray says. ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Healthier processed food? Essence of strawberry could be the key

     University of Florida scientists believe they have pinpointed the exact compounds in strawberries that give the fruit its delightfully unique flavor – findings that will allow UF breeders to create more flavorful varieties even faster. What’s more, the researchers believe that eventually, those naturally occurring compounds will be used to make processed foods taste ...

  • Scientists find four-leaf clover gene

    Ending a period of “bad luck” for clover researchers, scientists report finding the gene that turns ordinary three-leaf clovers into the coveted four-leaf types. Masked by the three-leaf gene and strongly influenced by environmental condition, molecular markers now make it possible to detect the presence of the gene for four-leaves and for breeders to work with it. The results of the ...

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