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New analyses of cassava brown streak virus genome sequences may hasten dev of disease-free cassava

October 9th, 2015 / PLOS One

Cassava brown streak disease is caused by two devastating viruses, Cassava brown streak virus and Ugandan cassava brown streak virus, which frequently infecting one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most important staple food crops. In this new research, 12 new whole genomes were uncovered, doubling the genomic sequences available in the public …

How supercomputers and plant genetics will provide farmers better seeds

October 5th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project

As genomic sequencing has decreased in price, the amount of data available to researchers has grown exponentially. More and more scientists are turning to computational tools to help organize and analyze the genetic data, which could someday be key to feeding a growing world.Read …

Biotech strategies to enhance plants’ natural response to drought

October 2nd, 2015 / ISB News Report, US

How do plants deal with flood and drought? They cope by triggering different strategies. Water deficit and water excess are major factors affecting plants yield worldwide. To cope with such factors, plants trigger physiological and biochemical changes allowing them to survive for a limited period of time. See …

Stakeholders from Africa visit Bt cotton fields in India

October 2nd, 2015 / ISAAA, US

Delegates from 29 East and South African cotton growing countries participate in a week long study tour to Bt cotton fields in India from September 27 to October 2, 2015. The “Seeing is believing” study tour is being conducted by the South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), New Delhi, in …

3,000 rice genomes data free on Amazon Web Services cloud

October 2nd, 2015 / ISAAA, US

The International Rice Research Institute announced that the 3,000 Rice Genomes Project (3K RGP) has successfully sequenced 3,024 rice varieties from 89 countries. This big data is a massive source of information for understanding the natural genetic variation in rice and for discovery of novel genes linked to economically …

Scientists advocate agricultural biotechnology for sustainable growth

September 30th, 2015 / Voice of Nigeria

Agricultural experts in Nigeria have identified farming as a major source of boosting the country’s economy and saving it from the overdependence on petroleum and petroleum products. Scientists have pointed out that the application of Agricultural biotechnology or Genetical Modification (GM) into Nigeria’s farming system will not only boost …

China funding agriculture research lab in Kenya

September 30th, 2015 / African Farming, UK

The Chinese government is funding a laboratory at a Kenyan university that will train students and conduct agricultural research. The lab will come up in Egerton University which has its main campus in Njoro in south-western Kenya. A crop molecular laboratory is under construction in the campus, in collaboration …

Sustainability science needs South-South collaboration

September 30th, 2015 / SciDev.net, Uk

Poor countries produce only 2 per cent of publications in sustainability science. Collaborations are dominated by rich countries with few South-South links. To improve, poor nations need more stable policies and better communicated science See …

WFP to help Uganda tackle post-harvest losses

September 28th, 2015 / The Observer, Uganda

World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Uganda to tackle post-harvest handling losses and widen the market for the farmers’ produce. The MoU is intended to support government in finding solutions to strengthen agriculture, which has been …

Ghana: Rice farmers urged to adopt nursing and transplanting methods for rice cultivation

September 28th, 2015 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: small holder farmers in rice production in the northern region have been advised to adopt nursing and transplanting of rice cultivation to avoid over crowding and also increase crop yield on their farms. The Project Manager under Integrated Agricultural Productivity Improvement and Marketing Project, …

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