Latest Crop diversity Stories

2009-02-25 17:50:00

Many experts say the world is running out of time to develop new seed varieties to confront climate change and head off food shortages that could affect billions of people.According to a Reuters report, people in Africa and Asia are most at risk from a lack of climate-proof crops. Scientists in various environmental fields of study will celebrate the first anniversary on Thursday of the opening of a "doomsday" seed vault on the island of Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic.Governments need to...

2009-02-18 12:11:05

Italy's Global Crop Diversity Trust says it has collected about 53,000 seed samples of the 100,000 varieties of food crops it wants to save from extinction. The biological rescue effort is designed to preserve the availability of crop diversity for food security worldwide. It involves food crops from 46 nations and is one of the largest such programs ever undertaken. We are moving quickly to regenerate and preserve seed samples representing thousands of distinct varieties of critical food...

2009-02-15 15:15:00

Push by Global Crop Diversity Trust is rapidly reviving ailing seed samples from 46 countries that could provide genetic traits vital to maintaining global food security Only two years after launching an ambitious effort to save endangered crop species, the Global Crop Diversity Trust announced today it is on track to save from extinction 100,000 different varieties of food crops from 46 countries, making it one of the largest and most successful biological rescue efforts ever undertaken. "We...

2009-01-23 18:44:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Agency for International Development is working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the Cereals Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), a program that will help more than six million small farmers in South Asia achieve significant cereal yield increases over the next ten years. The initiative will work through public and private sector partners in local hubs in South Asia to accelerate the development and uptake...

2009-01-09 15:51:11

U.S. researchers say global warming is likely to result in lower crop yields in the tropics and subtropics. leading to serious food shortages. The food shortages could hurt half of the world's population, said David Battisti, a University of Washington atmospheric sciences professor. The report, published in the journal Science, said higher temperatures in the tropics can be expected to cut yields of the primary food crops, maize and rice, by 20 percent to 40 percent. Rising temperatures also...

2009-01-09 14:40:00

Scientists warn that looming global warming could induce a worldwide food shortage crisis by the next century. Warming could result in a reduction of crop yields in the tropics and subtropics by 2100, said Prof David Battisti of the University of Washington, Seattle. His team used 23 models to predict a future of unprecedented heat."The hottest seasons on record will represent the future norm in many locations," said Battisti, a professor of atmospheric sciences."The stresses on global food...

2008-10-03 08:25:00

Scientists believe they have discovered how to map the genetic code of one of the world's most popular crops: wheat. The development could lead to varieties of wheat that are resistant to disease and drought, during a time when grain prices have reached record highs. On Thursday, French scientists said they had created a map of chromosome 3B, wheat's largest chromosome. They then showed how it would be possible to sequence the crop's genetic code. Scientists hope to have the entire wheat...

2008-09-20 08:05:00

As climate change is credited as one of the main drivers behind soaring food prices, the Global Crop Diversity Trust is undertaking a major effort to search crop collections"”from Azerbaijan to Nigeria"”for the traits that could arm agriculture against the impact of future changes. Traits, such as drought resistance in wheat, or salinity tolerance in potato, will become essential as crops around the world have to adapt to new climate conditions. Climate change is having the most...

2008-04-30 10:25:00

Through IAEA Partnerships, Scientists and Farmers Pioneer Hardier, Healthier WheatHot and barren, Kenya's dry lands have long been unfit for agriculture, at best merely a grazing area for wild animals and livestock.Today, the landscape is more picturesque and productive, lined with golden stalks of wheat yielding precious grain for Kenya's farms and families. The wheat is a new variety, one that is high yielding and resistant to drought. As a result, small farming families are realizing...

2008-02-26 13:10:00

A vault designed to house more than 4 million seed samples from crops around the world drew attention from the global community yesterday.The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was built in 12 months with the repercussions of global climate change in mind. It is said to be able to take on any natural or human disaster. About 300 guests were present at the event. Norwegian Prime Minister Jen Stoltenberg and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai were the first to place seeds in the depository during the...

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