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
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
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
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
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
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....