tropical potato News

  • Improving the productivity of tropical potato cultivation

    Potatoes thrive in tropical highlands. The tubers are healthier than rice, banana or cassava, and can play an important role in food security. Production is, however, often very low due to various diseases and farmers can struggle to generate sufficient added value. This is where Wageningen comes in.Potato specialist Anton Haverkort travels the world giving advice on how to bring cultivation ...

  • Potato and plantain batteries show promise

    A simple battery powered by potatoes may soon become a reality as scientists in developing countries move closer to commercialising their research. The idea of batteries made out of vegetable matter sandwiched between zinc and copper plates is being trialled by several groups around the world, including Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. Suliman Abdalla, professor of physics at King Abdulaziz ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Rising emissions may double sweet potato size

    Rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere caused by human-driven emissions might lead to larger sweet potatoes, a staple food for many African and Asian countries, research reveals. Sweet potatoes could double in size with the increase in CO2 levels currently forecasted for the end of this ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Offering integrated solutions and driving partnerships to promote sustainability in potatoes

    At the 9th World Potato Congress, Bayer CropScience is showcasing its latest innovations and contributions for sustainable potato production. Under the theme ‘Innovating Together for Sustainable Potatoes’ experts from the company will present recent product novelties and new approaches that underline the role of Bayer CropScience as the innovation leader in its field. The 9th World ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Potato battery could help meet rural energy needs

    The holy grail of renewable energy research may lie in the cooking pot, according to scientists. The search for a cheap source of electricity for remote, off-grid communities, has led to batteries that work on freshly boiled potatoes. One slice of potato can generate 20 hours of light, and several slices could provide enough energy to power simple medical equipment and even a low-power ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • UF/IFAS study: Sweet potato crop shows promise as feed and fuel

    As some Florida growers try to find new crops and the demand for biofuel stock increases globally, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have found that sweet potato vines, usually thrown out during harvest, can serve well as livestock feed while the roots are an ideal source for biofuel. This could be a key finding for the agriculture industry in Florida ...

  • Sub-Saharan Africa news in brief: 9–22 September 2010

    Below is a round up of news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 9–22 September 2010 More seed companies key to Africa's much-awaited Green Revolution Africa needs more seed companies that will "multiply, market, and disseminate improved seed varieties" to enable farmers to increase food production, according to an International Institute of Tropical Agriculture ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Arcadia Biosciences and African Agricultural Technology Foundation collaborate on test planting of nitrogen use efficient rice

    Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural technology company focused on developing technologies and products that benefit the environment and human health, and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) today announced the planting of the first field trial of Nitrogen Use Efficient (NUE) rice in Africa. The NUE rice field trial is the result of more than five years of collaboration ...


    By Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.

  • Farmers` Battle To Cope With Climate Change Could Spark Rural Renewal

    Shifting world agriculture to a "climate-smart" approach will not only help prevent future food security crises but holds the promise of sparking economic and agricultural renewal in rural areas where hunger and poverty are most prevalent, argues a new FAO publication. On the one hand, the magnitude and scope of climate change's impacts on agricultural systems means that boosting rural ...

  • Lima beans domesticated twice

    Lima beans were domesticated at least twice, according to a new genetic diversity study by Colombian scientists. Big seeded varieties known as “Big Lima” were domesticated in the Andean Mountains, while small seeded “Sieva” and “Potato” varieties originated in central-western Mexico. The researchers also discovered a “founder effect,” which is a ...

  • Updated USDA Regulations Effective June 27 Will Help Stem the Tide of Harmful Non-Native Plants and Pests

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalized changes to regulations governing international trade in plants used in gardening and landscape design, which will go into effect on June 27, 2011. The Nature Conservancy has encouraged the USDA to revise these antiquated regulations to improve the ongoing efforts by the Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service ...


    By The Nature Conservancy

  • Science: what has it done for the millennium development goals?

    When the United Nations published the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000, with aspirations including the ending of poverty and hunger; the promotion of gender equality and a reduction in child mortality, there was little mention of science. Yet most people involved in working towards the goals accepted that achieving them would rely on the successful application of science. Now, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 15 Agricultural innovations protecting the environment on earth day

    This Earth Day, Worldwatch’s Nourishing the Planet project highlights 15 sustainable agricultural practices that are protecting the environment while also improving people’s livelihoods. For the last 40 years, Earth Day has been celebrated around the world to call attention to some of our most pressing environmental and social problems, including climate change, biodiversity loss, and ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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