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Chickpea genome unravelled

Chickpea genome unravelled

The draft genome sequence of chickpea - including the sequencing of 90 cultivated and wild chickpea varieties from ten countries - has been successfully completed by a group of scientists from around the world.

Date published: January 2013

Producing ammonia and phosphates biologically

Producing ammonia and phosphates biologically

A new technology that will replace chemical fertilisers by producing ammonia and phosphates organically is being developed by Ductor Corp., a Finnish biotechnology company.

Date published: January 2013

Competition to design a weather station sensor

Competition to design a weather station sensor

Delft University of Technology and Oregon State University have organised a competition to design a robust and inexpensive sensor that will measure a weather or hydrological variable, such as temperature or wind.

Date published: January 2013

Half of all food produced is wasted

Half of all food produced is wasted

Market and consumer wastage and poor practices in harvesting, storing and transportation mean that 30-50 per cent (or 1.2-2 billion tonnes) of all food produced globally never gets eaten, a report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has revealed.

Date published: January 2013

Zambia takes action to control army worm outbreak

Zambia takes action to control army worm outbreak

The Government of Zambia has responded to a severe outbreak of army worm in maize growing areas, through use of pesticides and distribution of early maturing maize seeds for replanting affected areas.

Date published: January 2013

Myanmar fisheries to get a boost

Myanmar fisheries to get a boost

A US$2 million project to improve rural food security and livelihoods in Myanmar through the development of fisheries and smallscale aquaculture has been launched.

Date published: December 2012

'Big Facts' demonstrate where climate change and agriculture meet

'Big Facts' demonstrate where climate change and agriculture meet

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has launched a set of 'Big Facts' that highlight the complex relationship between agriculture and climate change.

Date published: December 2012

New alliance for research uptake

New alliance for research uptake

The newly formed Association of International Research and Development Centres for Agriculture (AIRCA) will promote the uptake of research by farming communities.

Date published: December 2012

Cassava for the next generation

Cassava for the next generation

The Next Generation Cassava project will build the capacity of cassava breeders to rapidly develop more productive varieties, using genomic selection techniques.

Date published: December 2012

Trade reform can spur African food production

Trade reform can spur African food production

A fragmented regional food market and a lack of clear and predictable trade policies are discouraging investment in African farming and crippling Africa's ability to feed itself, according to a recent report from the World Bank.

Date published: December 2012

 

 

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