Warmer Climate will Dramatically Increase the Volatility of Global Corn Crops

Corn, or maize, is the most widely grown crop in the world. Used in food, cooking oil, industrialized foods, livestock feed and even automobile fuel, the crop is one that both rich and poor people rely upon.Research led by the University of Washington looks at what climate change will mean for globa

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Genetic Control of Wheat Grain Size Under the Microscope

The genetic control of wheat grain size is now better understood, thanks to an AHDB-funded PhD Studentship.Student Jemima Brinton spent three years (2014–17) looking at the genetic control of grain weight, in particular the genes involved in grain length and width.Prior to the study, sections of two

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Farmers Increasingly Relying on Agricultural Contractors, New Research Shows

More farmers are relying on external companies to carry out major work, new research shows.A new study has found agriculture is kept operational through family, permanent-hired, outsourced and seasonal labour.The majority of South West farmers – 87 per cent – now employ contractors – firms or indivi

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Ancient Agricultural Activity Caused Lasting Environmental Changes

Agricultural activity by humans more than 2,000 years ago had a more significant and lasting impact on the environment than previously thought. The finding– discovered by a team of international researchers led by the University of British Columbia– is reported in a new study published 13 June in th

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Lessons in Leadership

Taking on more responsibility and moving into a management role can bring new challenges. Our sister publication Seed World asked three national leaders in the industry to share their philosophy and lessons learned when it comes to leadership.Do a Google search for books on leadership, and you’ll be

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High-Protein Corn Also Resistant To Parasitic Weed

The world produces more corn by weight than any other cereal crop. Corn, also known as maize, is a staple food in many countries. But farmers growing corn face many challenges, such as drought, diseases, and pests.For example, in sub-Saharan Africa, 20 to 80% of corn yields may be lost because of a

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Abroad and Adaptable: Q&A with Ioana Tudor

Ioana Tudor, global head of Seedcare at Syngenta Crop Protection, discusses living abroad and being adaptable to everything a country has to offer. Our sister publication, Seed World, interviewed this interesting woman.Seed World: What’s your favorite movie? Ioana Tudor: One of my favorite movies of

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P3 Generation, Performance in Three Dimensions

More than 10 years ago, Euralis operated a complete reshuffling of the winter oilseed rape (WOSR) breeding program. The goal was to build a new approach focused on hybrids and heterosis maximization strategy. This new strategy combined with the long experience of breeders and the high technology mol

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European and French Studies Disprove Seralini’s GM Maize Claims

Three studies including GRACE and G-TwYST at European level and GMO90+ in France launched by European and French authorities disprove the controversial study on genetically modified (GM) maize by Gilles-Éric Séralini.In September 2012, Gilles-Eric Séralini, a professor at the University of Caen, pub

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How Plants Work on the Inside

Vascular tissue in plants distributes water and nutrients, thereby ensuring constant growth. Each newly developed cell needs to develop into its respective cell type in the vascular tissue. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered how these cells know which cell type the

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Dogs Can Detect Agricultural Diseases Early

A study out of Florida International University evaluates the use of scent-discriminating canines for the detection of laurel wilt-affected wood from avocado trees. Julian Mendel, Kenneth G. Furton, and DeEtta Mills have ferreted out a possible solution to a serious issue in one corner of the hortic

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EU Continues to Top Global Agri-Food Trade

With an agri-food trade value of €255 billion in 2017, the EU confirms for yet another year its position as largest global exporter and importer of agri-food products.EU exports of agri-food products reached €138 billion in 2017, representing an annual increase of 5.1%. With imports at a value of €1

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Organic Insect Deterrent for Agriculture

Traditional insecticides are killers: they not only kill pests, they also endanger bees and other beneficial insects, as well as affecting biodiversity in soils, lakes, rivers and seas. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now developed an alternative: A biodegradable agent that

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Plant Protection Producer Ukravit Opens $7 Million Research Center In Ukraine

Ukravit group of companies, one of the largest producers of plant protection agents and micro-fertilizers in Ukraine, has invested about $7 million in opening the research center “Institute of Plant Health” in Cherkasy.“We’ve invested $7 million in the opening of a research center. It occupies an ar

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DSM and Amulix Collaborate on Bio-Based Seed Coating Solutions

Royal DSM, a global science company active in health, nu­trition and materials, and Amulix, a developer of starch-based solutions for agricultural and industrial applications and daughter company of Dynaplak, announced they will work together under the company name DSM-Amulix to further develop high

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Breeding Better Brazilian Rice

Outside Asia, no other country produces as much rice as does Brazil. It is the ninth largest rice producer in the world. Average annual yields are close to 15 million tons.Rice production in Brazil is a multi-billion-dollar industry. It employs hundreds of thousands of people, directly and indirectl

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Engineered Cotton uses Weed-Suppression Chemical as Nutrient

A newly developed fertilizer system will provide nutrition to engineered cotton crops worldwide and a deadly dose to weeds that are increasingly herbicide resistant, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study.The new system applies phosphite to cotton crops engineered to express a certain gene

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On the Origins of Agriculture, Researchers Uncover New Clues

The invention of agriculture changed humans and the environment forever, and over several thousand years, the practice originated independently in a least a dozen different places. But why did agriculture begin in those places, at those particular times in human history?Using a new methodological ap

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Gene Discovery May Yield Lettuce That Will Sprout in Hot Weather

A team of researchers, led by a University of California, Davis, plant scientist, has identified a lettuce gene and related enzyme that put the brakes on germination during hot weather — a discovery that could lead to lettuces that can sprout year-round, even at high temperatures.The study also incl

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