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B4FA Week in Review – 29 March 2017

March 29th, 2017 / B4FA.org

World Water Day took place on 22 March this year, and while much of its focus is on sanitation, this year’s theme of Wastewater touches on the role of water in agriculture. A piece in BizCommunity “Thinking of wastewater as a resource & not a problem to maximise its potential …

B4FA Week in Review – 22 March 2017

March 22nd, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, maize takes center stage in headlines. First, a story in Newsweek (“A genetically modified corn could stop a deadly fungal poison – if we let it”) recaps last week’s news that scientists at the University of Arizona have developed a strain of genetically modified corn that may prevent …

B4FA Week in Review – 15 March 2017

March 15th, 2017 / B4FA.org

There’s been a report of a breakthrough this week from scientists at the University of Arizona, who are using transgenic maize plants to produce RNA molecules that stop fungi from producing aflatoxin. A report published in Science Advances showed that the transgenic maize infected with the fungus suppressed the toxin …

B4FA Week in Review – 8 March 2017

March 8th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Sorghum features in biotech news this week as in Albuquerque, New Mexico, researchers are reworking a sensing technology that monitors root function to help develop improved sorghum crops. Using a newly modified microneedle-based fluidic sensor – originally developed for national security applications such as detection of chemical agents – scientists …

B4FA Week in Review – 1 March 2017

March 1st, 2017 / B4FA.org

At the top of the news is a UN warning of impending famine in four countries: South Sudan, Somalia, the northeastern part of Nigeria and Yemen – and famine has already been declared in two counties in South Sudan. “We are facing a tragedy; we must avoid it becoming a catastrophe,” says United …