Agriculture

FAO Food Price Index up 1.4 per cent in September

Milk-FAOFollowing two months of stability, the FAO Food Price Index rose slightly in September 2012, up 1.4 per cent, or 3 points, from its level in August

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DNA sequencing to create new rice variety with greater health benefits

IRRI-DNADNA techniques are being used to analyse genes in rice in pioneering research which aims to develop a new variety of the grain with greater health benefits

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Global grain production at record high despite extreme climatic events

Maize Plantation-riseGlobal grain production is expected to reach a record high of 2.4bn tonnes in 2012, an increase of one per cent from 2011 levels, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet project

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Thai smallholders show support for sustainable palm oil production

Palm oil-INdonesiaA group of independent smallholders from Thailand are leading the way in sustainable palm oil production by becoming the first in the world to sign up to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

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Underground solution to starving rice plants

Rice gene-IRRIScientists have pinpointed a gene that enables rice plants to produce around 20 per cent more grain by increasing uptake of phosphorus, an important, but limited, plant nutrient

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