Agriculture

Farming crucial for threatened species in developing world

Greatest benefit comes from local communities practising traditional agriculture with low ecological impactA number of threatened species in the developing world are entirely dependent on human agriculture for their survival, according to new research by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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The rise of the lowly malunggay

malunggayWhat was once considered as a poor man’s vegetable is now being groomed as a high value crop in the Philippines.

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Indian “dirt" scientist wins international service award

Soil expert and agronomist Dr. Ladha from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)Soil expert and agronomist Dr. Ladha from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has received the 2011 International Service in Agronomy Award from the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) for his work in research, training, and extension – especially in South Asia.

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New genome sequence to boost vital agricultural crops


New genome sequence could improve important agricultural cropsAn international team of scientists, funded in the UK by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has sequenced the genome of a Chinese cabbage variety of a plant called Brassica rapa, a close relative of oilseed rape.

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Biotech crops surge over 1billion hectares

In 2010, just 15 years after the first biotech crops were commercialized, farmers in 29 countries planted and produced biotech crops on 148 million hectares In 2010, just 15 years after the first biotech crops were commercialized, farmers in 29 countries planted and produced biotech crops on 148 million hectares (366 million acres), according to a report published earlier this year by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA).

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