Crops

New genome sequence to boost vital agricultural crops


New genome sequence could improve important agricultural cropsAn international team of scientists, funded in the UK by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has sequenced the genome of a Chinese cabbage variety of a plant called Brassica rapa, a close relative of oilseed rape.

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Singapore invests in regional rice security

Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) will invest up to US$8.2 million over five years in a new rice research programSingapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) will invest up to US$8.2 million (SGD$10 million) over five years in a new rice research program to help ensure there is enough rice to meet the future demands of Singapore and the region.

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Genetically-modified plants can bolster global food supply

Genetically-modified plants can bolster global food supplyGenetically-modified plants could bolster global food supply which is being challenged by rapid climatic changes and rising population levels.

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World food prices fall in September

World food prices fall in September: FAOWorld food prices fell 2 per cent in September, reflecting higher grain supplies and weakened demand, according to FAO.

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Biotech crops surge over 1billion hectares

In 2010, just 15 years after the first biotech crops were commercialized, farmers in 29 countries planted and produced biotech crops on 148 million hectares In 2010, just 15 years after the first biotech crops were commercialized, farmers in 29 countries planted and produced biotech crops on 148 million hectares (366 million acres), according to a report published earlier this year by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA).

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