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
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
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
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...