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October 22, 2014
Building a bridge from basic botany to applied agriculture
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 20, 2014
One of the planet's leading questions is how to produce enough food to feed the world in an increasingly variable climate. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts that food production must rise 70% over the next 40 years to feed a growing global population, and plants are one major component of the necessary rise in food production. Plants-grains, cereals, fruits, vegetables, and more-feed humans directly and indirectly by supporting livestock. Current research must ta ... read more

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Money grows on trees with great walnuts of China
Grinning with pride, a Chinese farmer held out two precious walnuts - globes so precisely symmetrical that consumers in search of hand massages value them more highly than gold. ... more
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Drop in China, HK demand dries up Bordeaux wine sales
A dramatic decline in demand from China and Hong Kong has dried up sales of France's famous Bordeaux wine, data from the professional association published on Tuesday showed. ... more
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Centuries-old 'Chinese' fishing tradition fades on Indian shores
Tugging ropes and bellowing chants, five men hoist from the water a huge spidery frame gripping a web of fishing net - a centuries-old custom on the southern Indian coast. ... more
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Brazil beef exports soar on Chinese, Russian demand
Brazil beef exports jumped seven percent this year so far, in part due to rising Russian demand as Moscow turned away from US and European sources in retaliation against sanctions, an industry group said Friday. ... more
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Price gap between more and less healthy foods grows
A new study, published in the journal PLOS One, tracked the price of 94 key food and beverage items from 2002 to 2012. Its findings show that more healthy foods were consistently more expensive than ... more
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Automated imaging system looks underground to help improve crops
Plant scientists are working to improve important food crops such as rice, maize, and beans to meet the food needs of a growing world population. However, boosting crop output will require improving ... more
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Malaysia's Sime Darby to acquire PNG palm oil leader
Malaysian palm-oil giant Sime Darby said Thursday it had made an offer to acquire Papua New Guinea's UK-listed New Britain Palm Oil (NBPOL) in a $1.7 billion deal. ... more
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NMSU researchers address water sustainability for viable farming
With a persistent drought, New Mexico is in need of effective water conservation methods that allow farming and ranching to be viable. New Mexico State University has long been an advocate of susta ... more
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New estimates for carbon emissions from cropland expansion in China
The conversion of forests, grasslands, shrublands and wetlands to cropland over the course of three centuries profoundly changed the surface of the Earth and the carbon cycle of the terrestrial ecos ... more
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China food giant buys into Italian olive oil maker
China's state-owned Bright Food said it has agreed to buy a majority stake in Italian olive oil producer Salov as it seeks more targets overseas. ... more
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Costa Rica promises to compensate sickened banana workers
Costa Rica has agreed to pay the medical bills and other compensation for some 12,000 banana workers and their relatives suffering lingering effects of exposure to pesticides in the 1960s and 1970s. ... more
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Study: Genetics drive coffee habits
Caffeine fiends are off the hook. Their espresso dependency isn't entirely voluntary, they were just born that way. And those who get the jitters after half a cup of joe can't help it either. Coffee habits and caffeine tolerance are the product of our genes - specifically eight genes. ... more
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The Shebaa Farms, a tug-of-war Mideast conflict zone
The Shebaa Farms, where the Lebanese militia Hezbollah claimed a Tuesday attack on Israeli forces that slightly wounded two soldiers, is a mountainous sliver of land rich in water resources. ... more
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Natural gene selection can produce orange corn rich in provitamin A for Africa, U.S.
Purdue researchers have identified a set of genes that can be used to naturally boost the provitamin A content of corn kernels, a finding that could help combat vitamin A deficiency in developing co ... more
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Ivory Coast buoyed by record agricultural harvest
Good news is pouring in from plantations in Ivory Coast, the west African country is racking up record harvests for cocoa and cashew nuts of which it is a top global producer. ... more
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No sign of health or nutrition problems from GMO livestock feed
A new scientific review from the University of California, Davis, reports that the performance and health of food-producing animals consuming genetically engineered feed, first introduced 18 years a ... more
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Sri Lanka seeks to trademark cinnamon spice success
Ten years after the Asian tsunami devastated Sarath Kumara's cinnamon plantation in Sri Lanka, forcing him to start over with nothing, the farmer faces a new threat from further afield. ... more
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'Crazy' climate forces Colombian farmers to adapt
Once upon a time, farming was a blissfully low-tech business on Colombia's northern plains. ... more
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China's Ningxia matures as a quality wine producer
Just a few years ago barely anyone had heard of wines from Ningxia in China, but today the region is producing some of the country's best vintages and it doesn't plan on stopping there. ... more
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Can genetic engineering help food crops better tolerate drought?
The staggering growth rate of the global population demands innovative and sustainable solutions to increase food production by as much as 70-100% in the next few decades. In light of environmental ... more
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Guilt-free doughnuts: UN summit hails palm oil pledges
Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme joined a raft of international food companies pledging Tuesday at a UN Summit to stop using palm oil, considered a major contributor to deforestation. ... more
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Biochar alters water flow to improve sand and clay
As more gardeners and farmers add ground charcoal, or biochar, to soil to both boost crop yields and counter global climate change, a new study by researchers at Rice University and Colorado College ... more
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Wasp 'SWAT team' to the rescue of Indonesian cassava crop
An "eco-friendly SWAT team" of 2,000 tiny wasps was released in Indonesia Wednesday to battle bugs threatening to devour cassava crops, a major staple and source of income for millions. ... more
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