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Rice that makes less methane

July 23rd, 2015 / New Scientist, UK

Rice agriculture is responsible for between 7 and 17 per cent of human-induced methane emissions. Sugars produced during photosynthesis leak into the soil, where they are used up by methane-producing soil microorganisms. Chuanxin Sun from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and his colleagues in China and the US have …

Nigeria looking for rice expertise from Thailand

July 21st, 2015 / African Farming, UK

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has invited Thailand’s agribusiness community to invest in rice production and other agricultural sub-sectors in the West African nation.  Read …

Geneticists reveal what makes great rice

July 7th, 2015 / Nature

Breeders in China have discovered the secret for creating rice varieties that could improve breakfast, lunch and dinner for millions of people in Asia. Two teams of molecular geneticists, working independently, have identified a gene that controls both shape and texture and can be selected for without sacrificing the yield …

Nigeria: rice production increases by 140 per cent

June 18th, 2015 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

MD of Niger State Agricultural and Mechanization Development Authority, Baba Kutigi Madugu yesterday said rice yield per hectare has increased in the state by 140 per cent following the introduction of certified seeds. He said farmers now produce six as against two tons in the past. Madugu added that the …

Disease and flood tolerant rice

May 23rd, 2015 / National Geographic, US

Plant pathologist and geneticist at the University of California, Davis, Pamela Ronald’s lab has isolated genes from rice that can resist diseases and tolerate floods. When those genes are inserted into existing rice plants, they help farmers grow high-yield harvests in places where the crop is a vulnerable staple. …

World Bank satisfied with Sierra Leone cassava and rice research

May 15th, 2015 / Concord Times, Sierra Leone

The World Bank Country Team leader for agriculture projects in Sierra Leone, Herdwick Tchala, has said he was impressed with work done by the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI) on new breeds of rice and cassava. Read …

India eases stance on GM crop trials

May 13th, 2015 / Nature, UK

Five years ago, India was a hostile place for researchers testing genetically modified (GM) crops. Its government barred the commercial planting of a transgenic aubergine (a vegetable locally known as brinjal) after protests from anti-GM activists. But under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi India is changing course. In …

Ghana: System Rice intensification Project launched in the Northern Region 15

May 7th, 2015 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: The Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, SARI has introduced a System Rice Intensification project to smallholder farmers in the northern region to improve rice yield in the various rice zones in the country. The initiative is also an attempt to ensure that the country meets its …