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2014-07-23 23:07:39

Gutterson joins Pioneer from Mendel Biotechnology DES MOINES, Iowa (PRWEB) July 23, 2014 DuPont Pioneer announced today that Neal Gutterson, Ph.D., will join the business as vice president of Agricultural Biotechnology (ABT), effective July 21, 2014. Gutterson joins Pioneer from Mendel Biotechnology where he served most recently as president, chief executive officer and board member. “Neal brings extensive biotechnology and business leadership in the seed and crop protection industry to...

2012-10-09 13:10:06

Researchers call for more research but comprehensive 12-country analysis suggests hungry region produces only 10% of possible wheat yield; could become more self-sufficient in wheat production as hedge against rising expensive imports In releasing the first ever comprehensive report on sub-Saharan Africa's economic and biological potential for producing wheat, scientists said today that the region's farmers may be growing only 10 to 25 percent of the production the research suggests is...

2012-08-31 13:46:18

Experts at Beijing meeting report progress in preparing farmers to resist Ug99; Warn that vast wheat-growing regions of N. Africa, Central Asia remain at-risk The world's top wheat experts today reported a breakthrough in their ability to track Ug99 and related strains of a deadly and rapidly mutating wheat pathogen called stem rust that threatens wheat fields from East Africa to South Asia. With data submitted by farmers and scientists from fields and laboratories, the creators of the...

2011-10-24 23:07:45

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have identified a number of stem rust-resistant wheat varieties and are retesting them to verify their resistance. Stem rust occurs worldwide wherever wheat is grown. Over a large area, losses from stem rust can be severe, ranging from 50 to 70 percent, and individual fields can be destroyed. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant pathologist Mike Bonman at the agency's Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Unit in Aberdeen,...

2011-04-20 15:08:33

Researchers meeting at a scientific conference in Aleppo this week reported that aggressive new strains of wheat rust diseases "“ called stem rust and stripe rust "“ have decimated up to 40% of farmers' wheat fields in recent harvests. Areas affected are North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucuses, including Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan, Morocco, Ethiopia, and Kenya. "These epidemics increase the price of food and pose a real threat to rural...

2011-03-14 13:46:10

A hidden trove of historical crop yield data from Africa shows that corn "“ long believed to tolerate hot temperatures "“ is a likely victim of global warming. Stanford agricultural scientist David Lobell and researchers at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) report in the inaugural issue of Nature Climate Change next week that a clear negative effect of warming on maize "“ or corn "“ production was evident in experimental crop trial data...

2010-10-14 13:04:46

If successful, water-efficient maize for Africa would be available royalty-free to the region where over 300 million people depend on a crop routinely crippled by droughts Crop specialists in Kenya and Uganda have laid the groundwork for confined field trials to commence later this year for new varieties of maize genetically modified to survive recurrent droughts that threaten over 300 million Africans for whom maize is life, according to a speech given today by the head of the African...

2010-10-14 12:00:00

Speaking at the World Food Prize, Raikes says, "What's required of us is our unfailing commitment to the cause of agricultural development." DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today called on governments, donors, researchers, farmers' groups, and others to remain committed to the cause of agricultural development as climate change, water scarcity, and economic conditions create new challenges for the world's...

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2010-05-26 13:13:47

Gathered in St. Petersburg, world's top wheat experts report progress toward replacing 5 percent of vulnerable fields in nations at risk; effort called vital for preventing hunger Four new mutations of Ug99, a strain of a deadly wheat pathogen known as stem rust, have overcome existing sources of genetic resistance developed to safeguard the world's wheat crop. Leading wheat experts from Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, who are in St. Petersburg, Russia for a global wheat...

2010-04-06 00:00:00

BASEL, Switzerland, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Syngenta announced today that it has entered into a public-private partnership with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) to focus on the development and advancement of technology in wheat, the most internationally traded food crop and the single largest food import in developing countries. The agreement will entail joint research and development in the areas of native and GM traits, hybrid wheat and the...


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toccata
  • 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.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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