Thursday, November 15, 2012

Food Crops News 134

Food Crops News 134 update new global food crops from 13 Nov. 2012 to 14 Nov. 2012
A rainy month in Haiti causes widespread death, loss of homes and crop damage
Fox News

The World Food Program estimates that more than 1.5 million people are now
at risk of malnutrition because they were either displaced or lost crops,
forcing Haitians to rely heavily on more-expensive imports. "This means
massive inflation, hunger for a ...
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Farm bill is more than subsidies and food stamps

These tomato and salvia plants are growing in bio-renewable pots in a
greenhouse at Iowa State University, which received a grant through the
Farm Bill to study replacements for petroleum-based plastic pots. Listen.
Beyond subsidies and food stamps, ...
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German rapeseed sowings for 2013 crop up
Business Recorder (blog)

About 75 percent of Germany's rapeseed crop is used for biodiesel
feedstock, the remaining 25 percent as food. The EU Commission announced a
major policy shift in September, saying it planned to limit food crop-based
biofuels to 5 percent of ...
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North Korean food production rising

ROME, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- U.N. agencies said production of staple food crops
in North Korea is on the rise, though millions of people remain at risk of
malnourishment. A joint assessment from the Food and Agriculture
Organization and the World Food ...
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Monsanto and Genetically Engineered Food: Playing Roulette With Our Health

JS: In Europe, people are far more aware of the risks of genetically
engineered foods and crops. In fact in 1999, after a gag order was lifted
on a scientist who had been working on safety studies concerning GMOs, more
than 700 articles were written in ...
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Hopedale library holds lecture on bionutrients and food choices
Milford Daily News

"Every apple has less nutrients in it than it had 10 years ago," said Dan
Kittredge of the Bionutrient Food Association, a nonprofit organization
that works with farmers to educate them on growing better crops. Consumers
not only need to eat more to ...
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Southampton to help develop new crops for water-stressed environments
Scientist Live

The research is bringing together academics, crop breeders and commercial
partners with the single focus of developing new plants for this future
climate. The project is concerned with non-food crops for energy use –
poplar, miscanthus and giant reed ...
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UN: Without Adequate Help, 1.5 Million in Haiti at Risk of Food Insecurity in 2013
Caribbean Journal

“Without immediate cash contributions, the situation of these rural food
households will continue deteriorating until the next main crop in
mid-2013.” The WFP said it had distributed food to 14,000 people a week
after Sandy hit the country, and will ...
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Vitamin A-rich millet to be developed by researchers
Daily Monitor

Packaging staple food crops like millet with essential nutrients is a
low-cost sustainable way to combating malnutrition and related deficiencies
especially among those that are most vulnerable like children and women.
File Photo. By Lominda Afedraru ...
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UK, IRRI, BMGF Allot $14M for Further Research on C4 Rice

Crop Biotech Update  The government of the United Kingdom, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have put $14 million to further support the C4 Rice project in the next three years. The IRRI-led project aims to develop C4 Rice, a rice variety with a built-in fuel injector to better convert sunlight into grain, potentially resulting in up to 50% higher production, while using less water and nutrients. C4 rice, if successfully developed, has the potential to produce 50% more grain with less water and nutrients which would contribute to future food security. 

The researchers have already identified crucial genes needed to assemble C4 photosynthesis in rice, defined the basic elements required for functional C4 photosynthesis, and successfully introduced 10 out of the 13 genes needed for C4 rice.  For the second phase of the project, the team aims to produce C4 rice prototypes for testing. 

This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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Articles in the November 7, 2012 Issue of Crop Biotech Update

IFAD's New Program Aims at Smallholder Farmers' Adaptation to Climate Change 
UK, IRRI, BMGF Allot $14M for Further Research on C4 Rice 

Study Details Essential Role of Trust in Agricultural Biotech Partnerships 
Zimbabwe to Start Growing Drought-tolerant Maize Soon 
African Stakeholders Tour Bt Cotton Fields in Burkina Faso 
OFAB Africa Launches Burkina Faso Chapter 
Scientists Develop Witchweed Resistant Maize Variety 

Disease-causing Mechanism of Cochliobolus victoriae Fungus in Plants 
Scientists Find Aphid Resistance in Black Raspberry 
Friendly Fungus Tapped to Induce Pest Resistance in Beans, Cassava 

Asia and the Pacific
Press Freedom and Biotech Policy on News Coverage of GM Crops 
Mitsubishi Funds Bioenergy Research in Sarawak Algae 
Vietnam to Grow More Corn Including GM 
New Rice Varieties to Increase Upland Farmers' Yield in the Philippines 

Plants Recognize Pathogenic and Beneficial Microorganisms 
Scientists Reveal Process in Plants-Soil Microbes Interaction 
Parent Plants Provide Antibodies to Offspring, Research Finds 
Biologists Discover Process Affecting Fruit Ripening in Crops 

Comparison of Agrobacterium tumefaciens Strains for the Genetic Transformation of Tomato 
Increasing Lactostatin in Biotech Rice Using Soybean Protein as Carrier 

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