Jul 08

Genomic project discovers new tomato genes

Molecular biologist James Giovannoni of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant, Soil and Nutrition Research Laboratory in Ithaca, New York, studies how fruit ripening is controlled genetically in tomatoes. | USDA photo Previously unknown genes, in

Jul 05

Gene editing expands soybean planting in China

Chinese agricultural scientists using gene-editing technology have created new soybean mutants, which could lead to soybean crops in much warmer climates including South China and countries near the Equator. To create the soybean mutants, research teams

Jul 04

China imports its first rice from US ever

After decades chasing the enormous China market, a sale of U.S. rice was confirmed here last week. "This sale marks a turning point for the U.S. rice industry and its relationship with China as it is the first ever of U.S. rice to a private importer and

Jul 03

Kerala agriculture varisty develops new seed tech for ginger

The Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) has come up with a seed production technology to address the scarcity of quality ginger seed rhizomes. The high price and non-availability of seed materials have been hampering ginger production in Kerala and neig

Jul 02

India pushes for tobacco exports to China

India has made a strong pitch for the export of its high quality and organically-cultivated tobacco to China, home to 350 million smokers, the world's largest. A delegation of Indian Tobacco Board (ITB) led by its Chairperson K Sunitha held talks with Zh

Jul 01

Disease resistant cotton varieties developed by Pakistani scientists

Director Cotton Dr Saghir Ahmed Tuesday said agriculture scientists had developed low water consuming and disease resistant cotton varieties. Addressing the Cotton Research and Development Board meeting, Dr Sagir said research on weeds resistant varietie

Jun 28

USDA/APHIS identifies type of GMO wheat

USDA has confirmed the presence of Monsanto’s MON 71800 variety in the genetically modified volunteer wheat plants recently discovered in Eastern Washington. MON 71800 is known by the trade name Roundup Ready wheat. It was previously found in an Oregon

Jun 27

CIMMYT global partnership fights mutating wheat rust

Stem rust, which occurs mainly in warm and humid conditions, is a serious biotic threat to wheat that can destroy healthy plants just a few weeks before harvest, resulting in huge yield losses to farmers. Along with leaf rust and stripe rust, it is the am

Jun 26

Using machine learning to predict metabolic pathways in tomatoes

Understanding the steps in metabolic pathways is important for understanding health and disease, whether in people or plants. But figuring out these biochemical pathways is difficult and time consuming. So why not have a machine do it?   Scientists at UC

Jun 25

Rains slows corn harvest and winter wheat planting in Argentina

Recent rains have slowed the harvest of soybeans and corn in Argentina as well as the planting of the winter wheat crop. According to the Grain Exchange of Buenos Aires, the 2018/19 soybean crop is 99.1% harvested with 150,000 hectares left to harvest in