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An overview of agriculture, nutrition and fortification, supplementation and biofortification

September 24th, 2018 / Agriculture & Food Security

Alan Dubock writes:
The worlds growing population and limited land resources require high intensity of food production. Human nutrition needs both macronutrients and micronutrients. One way of providing micronutrients in staple crops of the poor is biofortification, through plant breeding. All methods of plant breeding are acceptable and safe, and …

Africa: Continent of challenge and opportunity

September 21st, 2018 / The Star, Kenya

LIAM CONDON, Member of the Board of Management and President of the Crop Science Division at Bayer AG writes:
I have a passion for learning about different cultures and languages. This probably comes from the fact that I grew up in Ireland, an island separated from continental Europe, so I always …

GMOs are not agriculture’s future – biotech Is

September 7th, 2018 / Scientific American

… agriculture needs to adapt. The only question is how can we move forward in a way that does not repeat the mistakes of the GMO (genetically modified organism) era? The answer lies in newer technologies that allow us to responsibly develop crops that never integrate non-native elements into a …

“Learn from our (South African) biotech example”

September 6th, 2018 / Alliance for Science, US

South Africa is urging other African countries to learn from its latest strategy and adopt more holistic policies around biotechnology.
Ben Durham, chief director in charge of bio-innovation at South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, said biotechnology adoption works better when it is clearly integrated into various aspects of a …

Tanzania eyes new tech to fight aflatoxins

September 5th, 2018 / AllAfrica

Tanzania will soon join other African countries in rolling out new technology that will contain cancer-causing aflatoxins.
Known as Aflasafe TZ, the technology can reduce the poisonous chemical’s contamination in food by 80 to 90 per cent.
Reduction of food and animal feed contamination by the poisonous aflatoxins will make the human …

Genes from Dead Sea to produce more drought-tolerant crops

September 5th, 2018 / Israel21c

PlantArcBio aims to make the world’s critical crops able to thrive on less water by adding specific genes found in desert regions. Read …

Breakthrough to combat devastating grape disease

September 4th, 2018 / Technology Networks

A new discovery by Washington State University scientists could help grape growers roll back a devastating virus that withers vines and shrivels harvests.
Named for how it curls the leaves of infected plants, grapevine leafroll disease costs growers millions of dollars in lost vines and productivity. Until now, no one has …

Artemisinin – the malaria treatment that could help prevent 400,000 deaths a year

September 4th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Malaria is a tremendous world health problem, affecting the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the developing (and industrialized) world. One of the most effective therapies is derived from a natural compound produced in the plant Artemisia annua. In this podcast Dr. Ian Graham from the University of …

Insect threats to food security

September 3rd, 2018 / Science, US

Globally, one out of nine people suffers from chronic hunger, and undernourishment is growing. Global average surface temperatures are also rising and are projected to increase by 2° to 5°C this century, with negative impacts on agricultural production. Even today, despite substantial plant protection efforts, about one-third of crops are …

Cowpea: A food and animal feed crop

August 31st, 2018 / Open Access Government

“Cowpea is a food and animal feed crop grown in the semi-arid tropics particularly the savannahs of West Africa but also other parts of Africa, Asia and the Americas. It originated in Southern Africa and the cultivated form was domesticated in West Africa.
“While it is a very important crop in …