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  • Sowing the seeds of stable agriculture

    In a country with a precarious history of food insecurity, one award-winning research institution is driving change in Senegal by focusing on training farmers and helping them to diversify their ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Global Seeds Industry

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Seeds Industry ...


    By ReportLinker

  • The ethics of the Svalbard global seed vault

    When the Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened in Norway in February 2008, it was hailed as a 'Noah's Ark' for protecting biodiversity for future generations. But critics are concerned about the possibility of large corporations exploiting small seed banks' collections deposited at the vault. Seed banks ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Global wild seed hunt begins

    An international project to collect seeds from the wild relatives of 23 of the world's major food crops including maize, rice, wheat and potato, has received its first funding. Last week (10 December) Norway, home to the world's largest seed bank, in Svalbard in the Arctic, pledged US$50 million towards ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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

  • Seeds last much longer without oxygen

    If seed breeding companies, gene banks and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on Spitsbergen should store plant seeds under oxygen-poor conditions, it would be possible to store them for much longer while still maintaining their germination capacity. This is indicated by research carried out by seed physiologists from Wageningen UR and seed experts from the Centre for Genetic Resources, the ...

  • The value of seed harboured in Mediterranean temporary ponds

    Temporary ponds and their varying water levels provide the conditions for valuable wildlife habitat. A study in Crete, conducted under the LIFE-Nature project1 Actions for the Conservation of Mediterranean Temporary Ponds in Crete, has demonstrated these ponds contain varied collections of seeds and that these ‘seed banks’ could play an important role in vegetation recovery after ...

  • The value of seed harboured in Mediterranean temporary ponds

    Temporary ponds and their varying water levels provide the conditions for valuable wildlife habitat. A study in Crete, conducted under the LIFE-Nature project1 Actions for the Conservation of Mediterranean Temporary Ponds in Crete, has demonstrated these ponds contain varied collections of seeds and that these ‘seed banks’ could play an important role in vegetation recovery after ...

  • A worldwide network of seed information is taking root

    As an increasingly bloody civil war raged around them, a team of scientists in the Syrian capital Aleppo quietly packaged and shipped a series of nondescript cardboard boxes to an island not far from the North Pole. The boxes bore no sign of the conflict that had surrounded them or the precious material ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Global map of seeds, food and biodiversity launched

    A recently launched (15 October) website aims to provide news and resources on crop seeds and biodiversity threats for researchers, policymakers, educators and farmers. The site’s interactive map presents more than 375 case studies from around ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Bayer CropScience to acquire the seed business of Granar S.A.

    Bayer CropScience announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the seed business of Granar S.A., based in Encarnacion, Paraguay. The private company, founded in 2001, specializes in the breeding, production and marketing especially of improved soybean seeds adapted to the growing conditions that prevail in subtropical regions. Granar S.A. has a strong presence in Paraguay and ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Genetic makeup of thousands of rice varieties placed in global seed data pool

    Genome sequences of more than 3,000 rice varieties have been placed with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) by the world's leading rice research institute in a move boosting plans to set up a global data exchange system for crop genetic resources. The Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Treaty (ITPGRFA) made ...

  • Ancient crops preserved for future generations in Arctic seed vault

    Varieties of one of the world's most important staple crops will be stored for perpetuity deep in the Arctic ice today. José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is joining scientific experts and delegations from Peru, Costa Rica and Norway to witness a ceremony here this afternoon that will help to preserve these ...

  • Merry Christmas and a successful New Year!

    Learning is a life-long process, but in some countries not everybody achieves the minimal education to cope with the challenges of daily life. Being able to read, write and calculate budgets provides individuals with the opportunity to understand the instructions for using seed and fertilizers, avoid signing misleading contracts with money-lenders, and to open a bank account. According ...


    By thinkstep

  • Climate study predicts outbreaks of disease spread by rodents

    Global warming could be partly to blame for increases in some human and animal viral infections. A new Belgian study investigates the link between climate change and the recent increase in the human disease, nephropathia epidemica (NE), spread by rodents. The authors predict that NE could become a highly endemic disease in Belgium and neighbouring countries. 'Vector-borne' infections are ...

  • Bharat Renewable Energy Forms Alliance With SG Biofuels to Deploy Jatropha Hybrids for Biodiesel in India

    Bharat Renewable Energy Ltd (BREL), a joint-venture of Bharat Petroleum, India's second largest petroleum company, has initiated a program with SG Biofuels (SGB) to develop and deploy elite hybrids of Jatropha for the production of biodiesel in India. The program's ...


    By SGB, Inc.

  • ARS plant collections help safeguard crops

    In the months ahead, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists plan to collect walnuts from Kyrgyzstan, grasses from Russia, and carrots and sunflowers from fields across the Southeastern United States in efforts that will enhance one of the nation's most effective tools for protecting the food supply. Researchers will make the trips to collect plants with useful ...

  • International Women’s Day: Celebrating the Power of Women to Nourish the Planet

    On Thursday, we join millions of individuals and organizations around the world in observing International Women’s Day, a global celebration and recognition of women’s achievements. Women have proven to be a powerful force in the fight against global hunger and poverty, especially in agriculture. Worldwide roughly 1.6 billion women rely on farming for their livelihoods, and female ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Food security in East Africa gets research boost

    A consortium of East African institutes is researching new seed varieties better suited to dry areas to combat the effects of climate change in the region. The partnership, comprising seven universities and institutes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, will also disseminate technical ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Exploration urged to discover new rice species

    More exploration is needed to discover new wild varieties of rice, before they are lost to science forever, heard the 7th International Rice Genetics Symposium held this week (5-8 November) in Manila, the Philippines. There are still many unexplored places and a danger of losing undiscovered rice species that “might be very important for future rice” breakthroughs, said Robert Henry, ...


    By SciDev.Net

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