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2010-12-10 14:28:20

Global field expeditions aim to help farmers adapt to climate change by securing valuable genetic traits of key food crops The Global Crop Diversity Trust today announced a major global search to systematically find, gather, catalogue, use, and save the wild relatives of wheat, rice, beans, potato, barley, lentils, chickpea, and other essential food crops, in order to help protect global food supplies against the imminent threat of climate change, and strengthen future food security. The...

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2010-05-20 11:08:50

Scientists in Brazil are reporting for the first time that coffee beans contain proteins that can kill insects and might be developed into new insecticides for protecting food crops against destructive pests. Their study, which suggests a new use for one of the most important tropical crops in the world, appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication. Peas, beans and some other plant seeds contain proteins, called globulins, which ward off insects. Coffee...

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2010-03-31 13:33:49

Scientists in Brazil are reporting for the first time that coffee beans contain proteins that can kill insects and might be developed into new insecticides for protecting food crops against destructive pests. Their study, which suggests a new use for one of the most important tropical crops in the world, appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication. Peas, beans and some other plant seeds contain proteins, called globulins, which ward off insects. Coffee...

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2009-10-22 14:43:05

Carbon emissions caused by the displacement of food crops and pastures may be twice as much as those from lands devoted to biofuels production A report examining the impact of a global biofuels program on greenhouse gas emissions during the 21st century has found that carbon loss stemming from the displacement of food crops and pastures for biofuels crops may be twice as much as the CO2 emissions from land dedicated to biofuels production. The study, led by Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)...

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...

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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...

2008-08-20 18:00:46

By DON BROWNLOW AS "a former scientific officer", John Urquhart (Voice of the North, August 16) can be assumed to know the difference between the production of biofuels from food crops and the use of biomass in energy production. His letter confuses these issues. Firstly, "soaring energy prices" will not be helped by wind turbine arrays. Indeed, the Renewables Obligation subsidy, and the costs of strengthening and extending the electricity grid to cope with erratic and unpredictable...

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2007-10-28 09:57:48

UNITED NATIONS -- A U.N. expert on Friday called the growing practice of converting food crops into biofuel "a crime against humanity," saying it is creating food shortages and price jumps that cause millions of poor people to go hungry. Jean Ziegler, who has been the United Nations' independent expert on the right to food since the position was established in 2000, called for a five-year moratorium on biofuel production to halt what he called a growing "catastrophe" for the poor. Scientific...


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2011-01-05 13:12:16

Alfalfa mosaic virus, or AMV, is a worldwide phytopathogen that can cause necrosis and yellow mosaics on a variety of plant species. It is the only Alfamovirus of the Bromoviradae family. Weimer J.L. was the first to report AMV in Alfalfa, in 1931. Aphids, seeds, and pollen were the main transmitters of the virus. The virion has a coat protein but no envelope. AMV is a multipartite virus and is composed of 4 particles with a diameter of 18 nm. AMV's genetic material consists of 3 linear...

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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
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