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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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Food prices held steady in August

FAO-riceThe FAO Food Price Index, a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities, averaged 213 points in August 2012, unchanged from July

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Climate change could severely impact Asia’s wheat and maize yield in 2020s

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Climate change is expected to have a serious impact on Asia's wheat and maize production as early as the 2020s – with a potentially devastating effect on food security, a report warns.

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New monitoring system to track wheat fungus in 27 countries

Stem rustWheat experts have reported a breakthrough in their ability to track the crop fungus Ug99 and related strains of mutating wheat pathogen ‘stem rust’ that threatens wheat fields from East Africa to South Asia

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Small-scale irrigation schemes' fillip to food security

Farmers-asiaAs food prices escalate globally, a new study finds that small-scale irrigation schemes can protect millions of farmers from food insecurity and climate risks in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

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