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2010-07-12 07:57:53

US seed collection delivers valuable varieties of chili peppers and hundreds of sorghum varieties, an essential 'climate ready' crop A new collection of some of North America's hottest foods"”an eclectic range of New World chili peppers"”were delivered to the cool Arctic Circle environs of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault this week, where their exotic tongue-scorching qualities can be kept safe for centuries. The seeds were delivered to the vault by a seven-person bipartisan...

2010-05-21 10:24:00

BRUSSELS, May 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- - CropLife International Welcomes International Day for Biological Diversity Plant science innovations are key to helping farmers conserve biodiversity while providing a sustainable food supply to meet global demand. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that food production needs to increase by 70% if we are to feed nine billion in 2050. To achieve this, a further 30 million hectares of cropland may be needed...

2010-03-25 12:18:18

Comprehensive assessment to be released at pivotal global meeting addresses challenges of hunger, climate change, food and financial crisis LONDON, UK -- A report to be released at a pivotal global meeting on agriculture finds that transforming the agriculture agenda to meet the challenges of a warmer, environmentally-degraded world of 9 billion people will require changes "as radical as those that occurred during industrial and agricultural revolutions of the 19th and 20th centuries." The...

2010-03-17 12:00:00

WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Studies released today at a symposium today in Washington, D.C. underscored the wide range of benefits modern agriculture has provided to society and emphasized the importance of continued innovation and new technologies to meeting growing global food, feed, fiber and industrial needs. Research presented by a diverse group of experts in agriculture, economics, conservation and food security detailed how technological advancements employed on farms and...

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2010-03-12 06:50:00

The foundation that oversees the Svalbard Global Seed Vault said Thursday that the unique Arctic "doomsday" stockpile of all the world's crop seeds has reached the half-million species mark. The latest additions to the vault are a mold-resistant wild bean from Costa Rica, a vulnerable strawberry from a bear-infested part of Russia's Kuril islands and a host of American soybeans. "Reaching the half-million mark brings mixed emotions," said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop...

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2010-01-25 09:25:26

Diverse biofuel plantings such as native prairie attract more beneficial insects than do single crops such as corn, Michigan State University scientists find. Therefore, biofuel policies should take such added value into account, they urge, based on their pioneering studies of beneficial insects in biofuel crops. Lady beetles, bees and other beneficial insects provide numerous ecosystem services, including controlling pests and pollinating crops. Earlier research by MSU scientists estimated...

2009-11-18 14:17:05

Alarmed by a substantial oversight in the global climate talks leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen next month, more than 60 of the world's most prominent agricultural scientists and leaders underscored how the almost total absence of agriculture in the agreement could lead to widespread famine and food shortages in the years ahead. Signatories of a statement issued by leading thinkers in development include five World Food Prize laureates, former heads of...

2009-10-28 11:03:03

Plant breeding industry stakeholders discuss diverse financial sustainability for a growing industry Worldwide demand for a safe and secure food supply is growing with plant breeding at the forefront of sustainability discussions; however many research programs have seen their funding decrease due to the erosion of traditional public or formula grants. Researchers are now turning to other sources for funding for their domestic and international plant breeding programs. Stakeholders from...

2009-06-17 12:40:25

As rapidly rising temperatures in Africa threaten to scorch local varieties of maize and other food staples, the food security of many Africans will depend on farmers in one country gaining access to climatically suitable varieties now being cultivated in other African nations, and beyond, according to a peer-reviewed study published in Global Environmental Change.But the study, conducted by researchers at Stanford University's Program on Food Security and the Environment and the Rome-based...

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2009-02-26 14:25:20

The "doomsday seed vault" in the Arctic Circle is celebrating its first anniversary with the arrival of nearly 90,000 food crop seed samples, BBC News reported. After the four-ton shipment, more than 20 million seeds are now secure in the frozen repository. The $7 million Svalbard Global Seed Vault was built over 12 months some 426 feet inside a mountain, with the ultimate goal of protecting the world's food crop species against natural and human disasters. The facility opened in February of...


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