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GENE FOR LIMITING ARSENIC ACCUMULATION IN PLANTS REVEALED

Arsenic is a carcinogenic element which makes it dangerous for human health. Plants accumulate this element due to its presence in soil and water. Naturally, plants have the ability to control the level of the accumulated arsenic by converting arsenate to arsenite through chemical reduction occurring in the roots. The arsenite is then transported to the...

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GENES FOR BITTER TASTE OF WILD CUCUMBER REVEALED

  Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and University of California Davis, have identified the genes responsible in the bitter taste in wild cucurbits. The bitter taste observed in wild cucurbits is believed to be a defensive mechanism of the cucurbits against predators, while, in Chinese and Indian medicine, it is believed to be a...

RESEARCHERS IDENTIFY STRATEGIES ON HOW TO SCALE OUT AGRI TECHNOLOGIES

Researchers from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and HarvestPlus convened in Johannesburg, South Africa to identify possible strategies on how to scale out agricultural innovations and create impact at the farm level. They said that application of innovative communication and dissemination approaches such as enabling champions and use of new information and communication tools (ICT)...

HAWAII COUNTY GM CROP BAN ORDINANCE INVALID-FEDERAL JUGDE

A Hawaii County law banning GM crops is invalid, according to the order issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren. He's the same magistrate who is handling the lawsuit against Maui's County's new law banning GM crop cultivation. The Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association, Hawaii Papaya Industry Association, Big Island Banana Growers Association, Hawaii Cattlemen's Council,...

FORMER UP HEAD CITES BIOTECH'S ROLE IN ASEAN INTEGRATION

The Philippines can compete in the world trade for feed corn, according to Dr. Emil Q. Javier, former president of the University of the Philippines. He stressed that "new-found vigor and competitiveness of the yellow corn feed sector" is the country's hope in the intense competition following the Asean market integration. Javier explained that the Philippines...

EFFECT OF OZONE STRESS ON SOYBEAN PRODUCTIVITY

Tropospheric ozone (O3) is a greenhouse gas with concentrations high enough to decrease soybean (Glycine max L. Merr.) productivity by 6% to 16%. In order to understand the mechanisms of yield loss in soybean, University of Illinois' Elizabeth A Ainsworth and her team examined the transcriptome of soybean flower and pod tissues exposed to elevated O3...

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UN FAO CHIEF: WORLD NEEDS 'PARADIGM SHIFT' TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

  United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) Director General José Graziano da Silva is urging support for science-based options to attain global food security. Speaking at the opening of the 24th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) in Rome, da Silva called for a 'paradigm shift' in global attitudes on agriculture, adding that only by...

SEED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN AFRICA

A seed development programme was launched in Kenya to support the advancement of vibrant, market-oriented and diverse seed sector in Africa. The Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD Africa) approach would address the challenges of access to quality seed, which affects agricultural productivity, income and resilience among smallholder farmers.   In the initial phase of the five-year program, ISSD...

XYLAN'S MAJOR PROTEINS DISCOVERED

Researchers from University of Georgia discovered the important proteins in the synthesis of xylan, a sugar found in plant's cell wall and a major component in wood, forage and grain. Previous studies reveal that the lack of xylan in plant's cell wall has resulted to failure of plants to grow normally due to the inability...

BOOK CAPTURES CHINESE PRESIDENT'S VIEWS ON GM

A book highlighting Chinese President Xi Jinping's important remarks on governance from 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has been published by the Central Committee Documents Publishing House on September 25, 2014.   A number of previously unpublished documents from President Xi are featured which includes a talk during the Central Rural Work Conference....

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