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High Temperatures Affect Male Sterility in Plants

Scientists at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University have identified a protein that is essential for male sterility in plants grown in high temperatures. In human males, temperature affects fertility, and the study reports that it appears to be the same in plants, and that a small change in temperature can...

AATF Receives Feed the Future Funding to Improve Maize Production in East Africa

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has launched a partnership with Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, through a programme funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The grant signed on 3 February 2014 will ensure that AATF and its partners will scale commercialization of StrigAwayTM–a herbicide resistant seed and treatment technology aimed at...

New Process Makes "Biogasoline" from Farm Waste

Chemists at University of California, Davis invented a new process that can make gasoline-like fuels from cellulosic materials such as farm and forestry waste. According to Mark Mascal, lead author of the study, the feedstock for the new process is levulinic acid, which can be produced by chemical processing of materials such as straw, corn...

Regulation of GMOs in India

The Plant Biotechnology Journal publishes a research paper examining the science of regulation of GM crops in India. The research draws a corollary on science, regulation and policy environment that resulted in a phenomenal success of green revolution in India with that of the 21st century gene revolution technologies. The paper thoroughly looks into the process...

CCAFS Releases Downscaled, Ready-to-Use Climate Data

The CGIAR Consortium's Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) has released a downscaled, ready-to-be-used climate data which include around 25 Global Climate Models (GCMs) for four Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP) and four time periods (2030s, 2050s, 2070s and 2080s). The newly-released data corresponds to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) 5th Assessment...

Research Project to Strengthen Agriculture in Angola

Angola, Brazil and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will work together to strengthen food security in the Southern African country by boosting its agricultural and veterinary research. Under a new South-South Cooperation agreement, Angolan researchers will receive technical assistance and short-term training from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), which played a key role in Brazil's...

Wisconsin Researchers Identify Key Pathway for Plant Cell Growth

A research group from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has reported the discovery of a hormone and receptor that control cell expansion in plants. Led by biochemist Mike Sussman, the group describes a signaling pathway that regulates cell expansion in the root cells of Arabidopsis plants. The study describes a hormone secreted by the plant and a...

Canada Shows Interest to Develop Pakistan's Agriculture Sector

Canadian High Commissioner to Islamabad Greg Giokas said that agricultural development could provide Pakistan food security, give jobs to the unemployed and provide a solid base for agricultural exports to the region. The Canadian envoy spoke at the 5th roundtable of the Pakistan Agricultural Coalition (PAC) at the Canadian High Commissioner official residence. It was attended...

Rothamsted Research Submits Application for Field Trial of GM Camelina

Rothamsted Research submitted an application to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to conduct GM field trials that will evaluate the field performance of Camelina plants that accumulate omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) in their seeds. The research scientists have modified Camelina sativa seeds using genes from marine algae, the primary...

Agriculture Stakeholders Meet for Climate-Smart Farming

A group of researchers, climate change experts, and other partners met in Bangkok, Thailand, to discuss where to establish climate-smart villages supported by CGIAR's research program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS). The meeting also discussed the way forward for research activities on the said topic. The plan, to be shaped by CCAFS, is...

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