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  • Afghanistan: New Survey Techniques improve Opium Poppy Monitoring

    Accurate monitoring of opium poppy production in Afghanistan – responsible for 90% of the world’s supply of the illegal crop – has become increasingly difficult with rising security concerns, but remote sensing survey techniques developed by Cranfield University have proved critical in providing accurate information to inform UK and international policy and counter-narcotics ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Lack of science means jatropha biofuel `could fail poor`

    Mass planting of jatropha as a biofuel crop could benefit poor areas as well as combating global warming, but only if a number of scientific and production issues are properly addressed, a review has warned. Growing jatropha for biofuel on degraded land unsuitable for food and cash crops could help improve the earnings of small farmers and counter poverty, reports the Food and Agriculture ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • ACWA Commends Findings of New Study on Ag Water Efficiency

    Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Executive Director Timothy Quinn issued the following statement today on a newly released study on agricultural water use efficiency by California State University, Fresno. "This study makes it clear that agricultural water users are on the right track when it comes to managing the water supplies so critical to growing food ...


    By Marketwire

  • Using genetic mapping to save wheat production

    Stem rust disease has the potential to devastate wheat production worldwide. In the 1950s, large epidemics spread across North America and through other parts of the world. Developing a stem rust resistant gene stopped the spread of the disease. In 1999, a new race of stem rust was discovered in Uganda and identified as Ug99. Previously developed stem rust resistant genes are no longer effective ...

  • El Niño lowers early production outlook in Southern Africa

    Crop and livestock production prospects in Southern Africa have been weakened by the El Niño weather phenomenon that has lowered rains and increased temperatures. A reduced agricultural output would follow on last year's disappointing season, which has already contributed to higher food prices and "could acutely impact the food security situation in 2016," according to a special alert ...

  • Rural India left out of S&T system

    Scientific research in India needs to integrate better with rural development issues say Rajeswari S. Raina and Kasturi Mandal. India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised in January 2012 a massive expansion of funding and facilities for Indian science. The 12th Five-Year Plan (2012–2017) pledges inclusive development through scientific knowledge and technological ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Tianli Agritech Begins Developing Its Black Hog Business

    Tianli Agritech, Inc. (NASDAQ: OINK) ("Tianli " or the "Company") a leading producer of breeder hogs and market hogs based in Wuhan City, China, announced today that it has entered into definitive agreements with the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Bureau of Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Hubei Province, the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Bureau of Xianfeng County of Hubei ...


    By Marketwire

  • BioNitrogen Unveils Revolutionary Technology that Transforms Agricultural Waste into High-Quality Urea Fertilizer

    BioNitrogen Corp. (BION) officially launched its commercial website today positioning itself to become a global, mass manufacturer of high-quality, urea fertilizer. Utilizing patent-pending technology, the Company is able to convert biomass waste - from household garbage to plant stalks and husks - into high-nitrogen content, urea fertilizer. Fact: Every year the world consumes 170 million tonnes ...


    By BioNitrogen Corp.

  • 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

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