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2009-10-30 06:35:00

Amidst growing concerns of global food shortages, scientists continue to push the frontiers of genetically modified foods in an attempt to head off the looming crisis.  Some of their efforts, however "” such as attempts to test a new variety of GM corn in Mexico "” are clashing with millennia-old cultural traditions seeking to preserve the original form of the ancient staple food. A number of pre-colonial Indian religions even believed that human life first sprang forth from...

2009-10-28 14:15:07

An analysis of three and half decades of maize research in African farming communities finds big benefits. A multi-country study, in Agricultural Economics, reports the significant role international maize research plays in reducing poverty. It finds that since the mid-1990s, more than one million people per year have escaped poverty through the adoption of new maize varieties. Key economic benefits from maize research are primarily the result of the productivity gains farmers experience...

2009-07-31 08:01:21

-Scientists are racing to arm Afghanistan against a new invader-a deadly, airborne wheat rust disease that threatens wheat production and food security in this war-torn nation and the region that stretches east across neighboring Pakistan and into India.Known as "Ug99", this deadly new virulent race of wheat stem rust has thus far been found in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan, and has more recently spread into Asia, to Yemen and now Iran. "It is only a matter of time before it reaches...

2009-03-25 12:00:00

Monsanto Collaborates with Texas AgriLife Research and Texas A&M, Honors World's Pre-Eminent Rice and Wheat Researchers Global Research Program to Ignite Further Public Sector Research in Important Crops ST. LOUIS, March 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) today announced a $10 million grant to establish Monsanto's Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program, which will help identify and support young scientists interested in improving research and production...

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...

2008-04-24 17:00:11

Scientists are pondering a new "green revolution," half a century after the first one, to solve a growing food shortage that has reached crisis proportions in some countries. American consumers are experiencing the trickle-down effects of the lack of food. People in Haiti, Mexico, Guinea, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, Uzbekistan, Yemen and other countries have taken to the streets in recent weeks and months to protest the rising costs of food. An official with the World Food...

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2008-03-12 15:05:00

A wheat disease that could destroy most of the world's main wheat crops could strike south Asia's vast wheat fields two years earlier than research had suggested, leaving millions to starve. The fungus, called Ug99, has spread from Africa to Iran, and may already be in Pakistan. If so, this is extremely bad news, as Pakistan is not only critically reliant on its wheat crop, it is also the gateway to the Asian breadbasket, including the vital Punjab region.Scientists met this week in Syria to...

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2008-01-23 09:35:00

Seeds Contributed by Global Network of Agricultural Research Centers Considered "Crown Jewels" of Crop Diversity MEXICO CITY -- At the end of January, more than 200,000 crop varieties from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East"”drawn from vast seed collections maintained by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)"”will be shipped to a remote island near the Arctic Circle, where they will be stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV), a...

2006-02-08 14:15:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Wild grasses that survive well in hot, dry places are helping create new drought-resistant wheat varieties, a science magazine said on Wednesday. Scientists at the International Wheat and Maize Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico have cross-bred "synthetic wheats" created from emmer wheat and goat grass with conventional wheat to create varieties with up to 50 percent higher yields in drought conditions. The technique was originally developed 15 years ago and is now...

2005-09-08 11:45:57

By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - A resilient new strain of wheat fungus from east Africa is threatening to spread to the Middle East, Asia and the Americas and bring catastrophic crop damage, scientists said on Thursday. Researchers said the new Ug99 form of stem rust could be spread by the wind and attacked many varieties of spring and winter wheat that were resistant to other strains of the fungus. The strain could easily spread from Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, which were...