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Journalists encouraged to do quality reportage on science and technology

The media fraternity has been urged to develop interest and exhibit professionalism in Science and Technology reporting.   This would not only demystify the issues that border on the subject but will also go a long way to cure the cynicism and mistrust between scientists and journalists.   The call came when the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology...

No nod to commercial release of GM Mustard

NEW DELHI:  A committee under Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has turned down commercial release of genetically modified mustard developed by Delhi University’s Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants on grounds that more field trials are needed to ascertain its impact on honey bees, soil microbial diversity and honey.   The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee...

Tanzania: New Sunflower Seeds Improve Yields

Dar es Salaam — Efforts are being made to address challenges in sunflower farming and marketing.   Already Agricultural Markets Development Trust (AMDT) has been established as a long-term facility to tackle such hurdles.   It has partnered with seed companies to conduct field trials for high-yielding and pest-resistant sunflower varieties.   This is aimed at providing better seeds and...

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New Breeding Technologies Successful To Grow Salt Resistant Crops

  ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Mar, 2018 ):Prof Mark Tester, a world renowned authority on Food security on Thursday said new technologies of breeding crops would be helpful to convert any crop become salt resistant to control scarcity of food globally.   "Through this new technique any crop would be made salt resistant through...

Potato power: Student wins $250,000 prize for blight solution that could save billions

(CNN)New York student Benjamin "Benjy" Firester has won one of the United States' top young science prizes for his research on the devastating microorganism which caused the Irish Potato Famine, devising a computer model that could prevent it causing billions of dollars in lost crops every year.   The 18-year-old senior at Hunter College High School beat 1,800...

Land plants arose earlier than thought—and may have had a bigger impact on the evolution of animals

We have land plants to thank for the oxygen we breathe. And now we have a better idea of when they took to land in the first place. While the oldest known fossils of land plants are 420 million years old, researchers have now determined that pond scum first made landfall almost 100 million...

Hope for farmers battling armyworm

Elizabeth Nduku, a smallholder maize farmer in Lukenya area of Kangundo, is dejected. Her crop is worse off than the previous seasons.   This is because other than the usual drought that normally devastates the crops, a new threat has come into the picture: fall armyworm.   For close to 10 years that she has been practicing subsistence maize...

Growing New Forests Using Drought-Resistant Jojoba

Improvements to jojoba proliferation and breeding methods could lead to the reforestation of deserts in Egypt.   AsianScientist (Oct. 24, 2017) - The drought-resistant jojoba plant could play a big role in desert afforestation, according to a study by researchers from Osaka University.   In afforestation projects, emphasis has been put on planting trees. As a result, fast-growing...

Ugandans to eat GMO potatoes in 2020

Scientists have said the first batch of locally grown genetically modified potatoes will be on sale in Ugandan markets in 2020.   Dr Alex Barekye, the director of Kachwekano Zonal Agriculture Research Institute in the western district of Rubanda, said agricultural biotechnology research on potatoes is underway to create a genetically modified variety that will be resistant to...

Nigeria Prepares For Commercialisation Of BT Cowpea, Cotton

The National Agriculture Seed Council (NASC) has commenced sensitisation of Nigerian seed companies in preparation for the commercialisation of Genetically Modified Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cowpea and cotton by 2018.   A sensitisation workshop organised in partnership with an association that represents private seed companies in Africa, the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) with support from Seed Enterprises Entrepreneur...

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