China has Stopped Buying all Canadian Canola Seed

Trade tensions with China concerning Canadian canola seed just escalated.Canola seed exporters report that Chinese importers are unwilling to purchase Canadian canola seed at this time, the Canola Council of Canada says. The news comes just weeks after China announced it had revoked the sales licenc

  Marc Zienkiewicz

Source of Citrus’ Sour Taste Identified

A team of researchers, including two from the University of California, Riverside, has identified the genes responsible for the hallmark sour taste of many citrus fruits. Published Feb. 25 in Nature Communications, the research could help plant breeders develop new, sweeter varieties.Modern citrus v

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With Nanotubes, Genetic Engineering in Plants Is Easy-Peasy

Inserting or tweaking genes in plants is more art than science, but a new technique developed by University of California, Berkeley, scientists could make genetically engineering any type of plant — in particular, gene editing with CRISPR-Cas9 — simple and quick.To deliver a gene, the researchers gr

  Marc Zienkiewicz

Natural Trails To Protect Corn

Two natural ways to control a major pest of maize roots are opening up ways to reduce pesticide dependence. A small worm living underground and a bacterium are two remedies that can reduce the impact of an unwanted beetle by 20% to 50%, according to recent field tests conducted by biologists from th

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Harvest Offers International Springboard for UK Agri-Tech

A new trans-Atlantic agreement has been announced between UK membership body Agri-Tech East and Canada’s Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA), promoting mutual opportunities for collaboration as part of an annual trade mission.Agri-Tech East has been chosen by SREDA as its first

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EIPIN Innovation Society Project: Mid-Term Review By The European Commission

All the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), their supervisors, partner organisations and external board advisors involved in the EIPIN Innovation Society, an EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project, met on March 12, 2019 in Brussels for the mid-term review by the European Commission.Together with other

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Sequenced Genome of Ancient Crop Could Raise Yields

An international team has sequenced and mapped the genome of proso millet – a feat essential to raising yields of the drought-resistant crop in the Nebraska Panhandle and semiarid regions where population booms foreshadow food shortages.Because millets can grow amid infertile soils and yield food wi

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S&W Seed Company Expands Sunflower Focus in Europe

S&W Seed Company has announced the appointment of European agricultural executive Ernst Topitschnig to the newly-created role of European vice president of Sales. Topitschnig’s responsibilities will include leading S&W’s sales expansion in the region, with particular responsibility for building S&W’

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For the Big 4, the Revolution is Now

In a tight-knit industry where it often seems like everyone knows everyone else, Wayne Barton and Brent Collins didn’t meet each other until last year, oddly enough. But they’ve had to get acquainted quickly now that they work together as part of the new BASF Canada.A lot of people at the Big 4 ag g

  Marc Zienkiewicz

Finding a Solution for the Control of Chironomids in Rice Cultivation

Rice is one of the most valuable crops in the world. In Western Europe, Spain and Italy are the main producers.Rice producers of these countries face, in some areas, damages from the rice water weevil (aka chironomid). Consuming roots, larvae of chironomids constitute the most damaging pest during t

  Dominique Marquet-Saget

Dutch Apples Transforming The Local Nepalese Economy

Thirty-four years ago, two new apple varieties were successfully introduced to the Mustang Valley in Nepal, brought back by a student who had taken a course in Wageningen. Today, the apple sector there is worth five million euros a year, but it urgently needs revitalising with fresh knowledge and sk

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With Nanotubes, Genetic Engineering In Plants Is Easy-Peasy

Inserting or tweaking genes in plants is more art than science, but a new technique developed by University of California, Berkeley, scientists could make genetically engineering any type of plant–in particular, gene editing with CRISPR-Cas9–simple and quick.To deliver a gene, the researchers graft

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Boost for Australian Grain Industry

New findings from research by La Trobe University and CSIRO made possible with GRDC investment could lead to a significant increase in the Australian wheat crop yield – adding potentially around $1.8 billion to the national economy and improving global food security.Published in Nature Climate Chang

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Identifying the Common Ground for Sustainable Agriculture in Europe

Agriculture is critical to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals. New research from Lund University shows that researchers, policymakers, and farmers in Europe currently have different, often conflicting priorities for sustainable agriculture. The researchers propose a way forward buil

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Alfalfa – Queen of Forage Crops and King of Drought Tolerance

Alfalfa is one of the few perennial (3-5 years) highly drought tolerance forage crops. When the going gets tough for most forages under drought – alfalfa keeps going. 2018 brought strong attention to crops, which keep producing under drought alleviating the economic impact of forage deficit.Extendin

  Klaus K. Nielsen

Breeding A Better Strawberry

Consumers want strawberries to be red, sweet, ripe and juicy, like those fresh picked from a garden. Suppliers want them to be easy to handle and ship, without getting squished. Commercial strawberry growers need their crops to be high-yielding and disease-resistant.An international team of scientis

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How Do I Get Started with Twitter?

We are all aware of the impact social media has on today’s world. It influences our personal lives, but also opens the door to business marketing. Social media is valuable because you get to connect with your customers, bring brand awareness, and increase sales. Twitter in particular delivers outsta

  Zana Relke