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New proprietary stevia leaf has twenty times more sugar-like steviol glycosides than other varieties

In Malaysia, PureCircle announced the successful production of the first stevia leaf extract from the new, proprietary stevia leaf – StarLeaf stevia.  StarLeaf stevia contains over twenty times more sugar-like steviol glycoside content compared to standard stevia leaf varieties. The extract from this non-GMO proprietary leaf variety provides beverage and food developers a plant-based, zero-calorie [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+08:00June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Could the palm oil industry’s most productive seeds end deforestation?

Golden Agri-Resources has unveiled the palm oil industry’s most productive seeds, which promise to deliver three times the yield of the industry average. The company says its ‘breakthrough’ seeds could help an unsustainable industry bring an end to deforestation. Singapore-listed palm oil giant Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) on Monday announced that it has developed the industry’s most productive seeds. [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+08:00May 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

BoI approves coco exporter’s P321-M Palawan project

THE Board of Investments (BoI) gave the go-signal for Lionheart GPPAC Farmers Corp.’s application as a new export producer of coconut products, making it eligible for various incentives. In a statement on Monday, the BoI announced the approval of Lionheart’s application as a new export producer of virgin coconut oil, coconut flour and tender green [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+08:00March 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nutrient-rich tender coconut water is now available in powder form.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, FEBRUARY 17:   Nutrient-rich tender coconut water is now available in powder form in delightful packs, thanks to pioneering work by a Kerala-based start-up. NaturUp Consumer Products of Chalakudy in Thrissur district uses modern spray drying technology to remove the water/moisture from the nut to generate a stable powder, said Antony S Pathadan, NaturUp promoter, [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+08:00February 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Green Warriors & Lionheart Agrotech Joint Efforts Pay Off

16th July, 2006. Starting a new project is always a challenge. Beginning from scratch with zero infrastructure and an untrained workforce takes a lot of energy. Building the fences, tracks, gardens and buildings takes time, as all have to be done as a training project to give the workers skills, as they learn on the [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+08:00July 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The race to create super-crops

Jonathan Lynch likes to look beneath the surface. In his quest to breed better crops, the plant physiologist spends a lot of time digging up roots to work out what makes some varieties extremely good at extracting nutrients from the ground. Lynch wants to use this knowledge to develop plants with extra-efficient roots — crops [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+08:00May 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Automated farming: good news for food security, bad news for job security?

Around the world, but especially in the developing world, food and farming systems continue to rely on 20th century technology. But this is changing. The same information technologies that brought us the internet and transformations in medicine are now revolutionising farming. It’s a new era for agriculture and it’s taking off in at least two [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+08:00April 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

University of Copenhagen have discovered reverse photosynthesis

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a natural process they describe as reverse photosynthesis. In the process, the energy in solar rays breaks down, rather than builds plant material, as is the case with photosynthesis. The sunlight is collected by chlorophyll, the same molecule as used in photosynthesis. Combined with a specific enzyme [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:48:20+08:00April 5th, 2016|Copenhagen, Uncategorized, University|0 Comments

Radio rhinos: Scientists tag coconut rhinoceros beetles

Coconut rhinoceros beetles were first discovered on Guam in 2007. Adults kill palms when they bore into crowns to feed on sap. Rhino beetle larvae feed only on dead plant material at breeding sites and they do no damage. In order to eradicate rhino beetles, all breeding sites must be found and destroyed. Four dogs [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+08:00February 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments