Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:58 - - Plants in South Africa’s Western Cape area have tremendous variation in their sensitivity to drought. A. Betzelberger Globally, droughts have had a negative impact on many plant species. This has led to much higher rates of mortality than usual. Understanding how different species are likely to respond to drought is crucial to accurately predicting the impact of future climate change on plant communities. It can be extremely challenging to find meaningful ways to describe plants' many different types of responses to drought, particularly in biodiverse areas. Scientists... Read More
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:39 - - FILE - Lab at the National Agricultural Research Organization grows disease-resistant genetically modified bananas, Uganda, Sept. 13, 2013. (Hilary Heuler for VOA) Anita Powell October 28, 2015 1:59 PM JOHANNESBURG —  The worldwide banana crop is under serious threat as a deadly fungus has rampaged its way through banana farms, landing recently in Africa. The latest carnage has been seen in Mozambique, which recently reported a new outbreak of the deadly TR4 strain of Panama Disease. This is not just an agricultural threat, but an economic one: Officials in Mozambique... Read More
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:28 - - The European Union's stringent laws on maximum residue levels could threaten agricultural exports from Kenya and Uganda. Maximum residue levels (MRLs) are the upper legal levels of pesticide residues in food or feed. MRLs are meant to ensure the lowest possible consumer exposure. In 2010 the EU became jittery about MRLs in Kenya's fresh produce, although the country earned Ksh43.5 billion ($427 million) from horticulture exports to the EU in 2012. Since 2000, Uganda's exports of organic produce have risen both in volume and in value. Between 2004 and 2012, earnings from organic... Read More
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:25 - -   PRESS RELEASE Rome — 2016 will promote protein power, health benefits of dried legumes Pulses, including all kinds of dried beans and peas, are a cheap, delicious and highly nutritious source of protein and vital micronutrients that can greatly benefit people's health and livelihoods, particularly in developing countries -- that was the UN's message at the launch of the International Year of Pulses 2016 today. "Pulses are important food crops for the food security of large proportions of populations, particularly in Latin America, Africa and Asia, where pulses are part... Read More
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 06:39 - - Golden rice: the greatest GM breakthrough we’ve never had. Reuters/Erik de Castro When I think about the opportunity we have missed with GE foods, I think of Flavr Savr tomatoes. I would have loved to try one: sweet, juicy, beautifully red and yet crunchy, great for a salad with mozzarella, basil and olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. If only I could buy them in the supermarket. But as one of the first GE products to be licensed, it was withdrawn in 1997. Why did it fail? Instead of putting any emphasis on the benefits to the consumer, much of it was turned into tomato puree,... Read More

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