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

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.

Soybean growers now have access to a revolutionary biological mode of action to help protect their crop from nematodes – as well as other pests – as part of an agreement announced recently by Bayer CropScience LP and Monsanto Company.

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.

Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) will invest up to US$8.2 million (SGD$10 million) over five years in a new rice research program to help ensure there is enough rice to meet the future demands of Singapore and the region.

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