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2011-04-07 14:08:59

Global partnerships to protect thousands of varieties from threats ranging from climate change to volcanic eruption Crop specialists in Central America announced today that a major rescue effort is underway in one of the heartlands of ancient agriculture to regenerate thousands of unique varieties of coffee, tomatoes, chili peppers, beans and other major crops through a partnership between the Global Crop Diversity Trust and 19 Latin American genebanks. One of the oldest collections targeted...

2010-10-04 22:54:01

A natural variation shows promise for increasing provitamin A in cassava roots using transgenic or conventional methods The roots of cassava (Manihot esculenta) serve as the primary source of carbohydrates in the diets of people in many arid regions of the world, including more than 250 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. Unfortunately the roots of commercial cassava cultivars are quite low in micronutrients, and micronutrient deficiencies are widespread in these regions. In addition to...

2010-09-16 17:03:51

World yam collection in Nigeria provides ultimate rescue for African yam diversity in an initiative to conserve critical crop collections backed by the Global Crop Diversity Trust Farmers and crop scientists worldwide are engaged in an ambitious new effort to add 3,000 yam samples to international genebanks with the aim of saving the diversity of a crop that is consumed by 60 million people on a daily basis in Africa alone, according to an announcement today from the Global Crop Diversity...

2010-07-16 13:49:14

Biological control of a South American insect invader expected to protect the incomes of millions of cassava farmers across Southeast Asia In the start of a carefully crafted emergency campaign to thwart a pest outbreak that is wreaking havoc on Thailand's vital cassava production, agricultural researchers will release a quarter of a million parasitic wasps in the northeastern part of the country. Thailand's cassava industry alone accounts for more than 60 percent of global exports of this...

2010-06-07 13:59:52

Study argues for greater monitoring and management of pathogens that threaten crops in Sub-Saharan Africa The devastating consequences of emerging infectious diseases on crops in developing countries and their economic and social impacts are often underestimated, according to a new study by Maurizio Vurro and his colleagues from the Institute of the Science of Food Production in Italy. The authors call for local governments and international communities to establish better mechanisms for...

2009-12-08 12:42:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Future of starches in China http://www.reportlinker.com/p0166925/Future-of-starches-in-China.html China's output of starch, including native and modified starch, is the second largest in the world. Major varieties of native starch include corn starch, potato starch, cassava starch and wheat starch, while that of modified starch include corn modified starch,...

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2009-11-09 15:34:07

A team of academic, government and industry researchers has completed a first draft of the cassava (Manihot esculenta) genome. The project is an important first step in accelerating the pace of research on this subsistence crop and addressing some of the many limitations that face cassava farmers around the world. Cassava is a root crop that serves as the primary food source for more than 750 million people each day. Although it has many properties that make it an important food across much...

2009-09-22 12:57:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A Colombian group led by Rodrigo Nino, President of Manhattan-based real estate investment firm Prodigy Capital and Frank Kanayet, Executive Chairman of leading energy company GPC Group, will present a commitment by GPC Group to produce renewable energy in Colombia, at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Fifth Annual Meeting today. "It is a significant achievement for a Colombian group to be selected by the Clinton Global Initiative to present its...

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2009-08-22 13:55:00

Columbian scientists have revved up a car that runs on yucca-derived ethanol, which is sparking hopes that the Latin American staple will be transformed into an abundant fuel. Boffins at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) adopted a commercial car to run on hydrated ethanol, based on yucca, which is a carbohydrate-rich plant food that is also known as cassava or manioc. CIAT said that the vehicle has clocked up 435 miles without major hitches. The tuber is most...

2009-06-29 08:32:31

Global food security in a changing climate depends on the nutritional value and yield of staple food crops. Researchers at Monash University in Victoria, Australia have found an increase in toxic compounds, a decrease in protein content and a decreased yield in plants grown under high CO2 and drought conditions.The research, to be presented by Dr Ros Gleadow on 29 June 2009 at the Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting in Glasgow, has shown that the concentration of cyanogenic...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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