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Food Crop Success Or Failure And The Impacts Of Climate Change
2013-07-23 04:17:21

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In light of growing concern over the potential impact of climate change on the global agricultural industry, scientists are searching for new ways to help ensure global access to some of the most important food crops. In one such study, Toshichika Iizumi of the National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences in Tsukuba, Japan and an international team of colleagues report they have discovered a way to use climate data to help...

Crop Wild Relative Inventory Completed In For North America
2013-04-30 06:11:47

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The world of agricultural science came out with some surprising news on Monday. An international consortium of scientists and researchers funded by the Global Crop Diversity Trust of Rome, Italy, announced findings that have gone against what was long held as an agricultural truth. The US is, contrary to long held belief, a fairly robust reservoir of plant diversity, especially among globally important food crops such as the...

2012-05-31 11:35:01

New edge of extinction research is creating a revival of conservation and interest in what these old plants mean to the future A botanist brings a species of alfalfa from Siberia, to the United States. His hope? The plant survives, and leads to a new winter-hardy alfalfa. But what also happened during this time in the late 1800's, isn't just a story of legend and lore. The truth of the matter is creating a current revival in both interest and conservation of what's now called a crop's...

2012-01-23 10:32:28

Following a Japan-UK research collaboration, a new method for marker assisted breeding is being used to slash the time it takes to isolate new traits such as salt tolerance. Details of the new method, called MutMap, will be published in Nature Biotechnology on Sunday so they can be used by scientists and breeders worldwide to dramatically accelerate crop breeding. "The beauty of the new method is its simplicity," said Professor Sophien Kamoun, co-author on the paper and Head of The...

2011-12-08 16:27:50

Maize farmers in South Africa and soybean growers in China can see 'climate analogues' for 2030 in present-day South America and other places With climate change posing a threat to food production around the world, scientists are developing a form of virtual time travel that can offer farmers in many countries a glimpse of their future by identifying regions where growing conditions today match those that will exist 20 years from now, according to a new report from the CGIAR Research...

2011-11-02 21:59:26

The conventional wisdom that says the 20th century was a disaster for crop diversity is nothing more than a myth, according to a forthcoming study by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law. Law professor Paul Heald says overall varietal diversity of the $20 billion market for vegetable crops and apples in the U.S. actually has increased over the past 100 years, a finding that should change the highly politicized debate over intellectual property policy. “The...

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2011-07-13 12:08:58

Growth of cropland, loss of natural habitat to blame The continued growth of cropland and loss of natural habitat have increasingly simplified agricultural landscapes in the Midwest. In a study supported in part by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in Michigan--one of 26 such NSF LTER sites around the world--scientists concluded that this simplification is associated with increased crop pest abundance and insecticide...

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2011-07-12 14:12:28

Growth of cropland, loss of natural habitat to blame The continued growth of cropland and loss of natural habitat have increasingly simplified agricultural landscapes in the Midwest. In a study supported in part by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in Michigan--one of 26 such NSF LTER sites around the world--scientists concluded that this simplification is associated with increased crop pest abundance and insecticide...


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