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Genes used to extend banana lifespan

April 18th, 2016 / Reuters.com

Dr. Haya Friedman, a researcher at Israel’s Volcani Institute, also known as the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), told Reuters that the genetically-altered bananas can stay fresh for at least double the time of normal bananas. “You can see here that these are bananas that we changed the expression of the …

Biotechnology can play big role in Great Green Wall Initiative

April 18th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom

Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed has assured that Nigeria was ready to deploy biotechnology to boost the economy of the country. She said this while answering questions by Journalists shortly the members of the Programme Committee of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) in Africa paid her courtesy visit …

Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Initiative: maize varieties and traits in 13 countries

April 18th, 2016 / Agrilinks.com

Invaluable infographics from the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) initiative on increasing maize productivity and resilience during times of drought in 13 African countries. They highlight the different improved maize varieties released under DTMA, along with other valuable information for each variety including maturity range; colour; owner (seed company/distributor); …

Will severe droughts in Africa open door for imports, acceptance of GM crops?

April 18th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A scorching drought has enveloped southern Africa prompting a significant decline in food production. The World Food Program (WFP) said as many as 49 million people in southern Africa could be affected. The drought is being blamed on the longest El Nino weather pattern in thirty-five years. But a huge …

Scientist discovers drought tolerance-enhancing fungi in yam

April 6th, 2016 / This Day, Nigeria

A soil scientist, Nkiruka Odoh, has discovered the use of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF), a natural-occurring soil organism to enhance drought tolerance of yams in the face of climate change. Read …

GM crops can thrive as climate warms

April 6th, 2016 / Eco-Business, Singapore

Genetically engineering photosynthesis in plants could take advantage of rising global temperatures and increased levels of carbon dioxide, US scientists say. They believe this could achieve much higher yields on the same amount of land and help to stave off the prospect of widespread hunger as human populations increase. …

Working to feed the world

April 5th, 2016 / Arizona State University, US

An Arizona State University researcher has figured out a way to modify crops that causes them to use less water and fertilizer but grow more food, an exciting development as food security becomes a critical concern as the world’s population expands. Roberto Gaxiola, an associate professor with the School of …

What is maize lethal necrosis

April 5th, 2016 / B4FA

New information from B4FA on this new, devastating disease in East Africa that leads to severe production losses and, in many cases, complete crop failure. The disease prevents the plants from growing tall, causes yellowing and death of the leaves, and stops the ears from growing and setting seeds. Infected …

Project helps African farmers address stresses in maize farming

March 29th, 2016 / Commodities and Fair Trade News,

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and its partners have unveiled a new project – Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) – to diminish devastating environmental effects in maize production that occur simultaneously across many regions in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The new project will develop new improved varieties …

Science meets farming to reveal Africa’s best bean

March 28th, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

Around 23 million tonnes of beans are grown globally for trade and local consumption every year. Across the world, millions of farmers depend on one or more of the 40,000 known bean varieties. But beans are a fragile crop. They need lots of water and stable temperatures to grow. A …