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Discovery may benefit farmers worldwide

September 28th, 2016 / Phys.org

University of Guelph plant scientists have shown for the first time how an ancient crop teams up with a beneficial microbe to protect against a devastating fungal infection, a discovery that may benefit millions of subsistence farmers and livestock in developing countries.
The M6 microbe lives in the roots of finger …

International research makes breakthrough on highly drought-resistant rice and wheat

July 25th, 2016 / Science Daily, US

International research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough that could lead to the development of next-generation drought-proof crops. See …

Researchers identify critical factors in maize and wheat drought vulnerability

June 2nd, 2016 / ISAAA, US

A team of researchers from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis led by Lixin Wang has identified critical information about the environmental variables and agronomic factors that determine the vulnerability of maize and wheat production to drought.Read …

Global wheat breeding returns billions in benefits but stable financing remains elusive

April 29th, 2016 / World Bank, US

For 45 years, world-class scientists from two research centers of CGIAR – the world’s only global research system that focuses on the crops of most importance to poor farmers in developing countries – have battled the odds to provide wheat and nourish the world’s growing population. Their innovations have …

Business opportunity: Africa needs more wheat growers

April 23rd, 2016 / Afkinsider, US

African countries spends nearly $15 billion annually importing wheat to meet their domestic demand as local producers cannot match the requirement, experts attending a four day agriculture research conference have said. According to a 2012 research report by non-profit International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, sub-Saharan Africa only produce 10 …

Scientists aim to adapt wheat to a warmer climate with less water

March 26th, 2016 / CIMMYT, Mexico

Scientists battling to increase wheat production by more than 60 percent over the next 35 years to meet projected demand are optimistic that they have begun to unravel the genetic mysteries that will lead to a more productive plant. A recent study conducted at 26 international sites with a new …

New genetic advancements in wheat aimed at enhancing yield

February 26th, 2016 / ISAAA

Researchers from Texas A&M AgriLife Research Dr. Shuyu Liu are about to close the knowledge gap on the location of key traits in the wheat genome and how to access them. The study included three wheat populations from two popular AgriLife Research cultivars, TAM 111 and TAM 112, and other …

Fungus-resistant wheat varieties released, farmers to get seed

February 6th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) is to make available a couple of disease-resistant wheat varieties to farmers for the next planting season. The three recently released varieties are resistant to UG99 stem rust virus and were developed by Buginyanya Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute …

Scientists sequence bread wheat genome

January 14th, 2016 / ISAAA

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) reported that the whole genome assembly of bread wheat, the most widely grown cereal globally, has been completed. The project consisted of producing a whole genome assembly of the bread wheat variety Chinese Spring based on Illumina short sequence reads assembled with NRGene’s …

Weed that invades farms could poison people

January 4th, 2016 / The Citizen, Tanzania

A weed which has invaded wheat farms in Hanang District, Manyara region is poisonous to people, a former employee of the defunct National Milling Corporation (NMC) has said. “When it is in big quantity in a wheat consignment, it is dangerous as people used feel dizzy and vomited after consuming …