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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+00:00May 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00February 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Asian nations get sweet on soda taxes

Some of Asia’s biggest soda-guzzling nations are preparing to impose taxes on fizzy drinks, following similar moves in France, certain US states and Mexico. The $560bn global soda industry has come under attack worldwide as doctors and policymakers fret about the mounting toll — on health as well as government coffers — of obesity and [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+00:00February 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past

When Mark Anson came home with his hair on fire after a seminar on the seemingly soporific topic of soil health, his younger brother, Doug, was skeptical. What had Mark lit up was cover crops: fields of non-cash crops like hairy vetch and cereal rye that act on soil like a nourishing facial after the [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+00:00February 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The coconut (the fruit of the palm Cocos nucifera) is the Swiss Army knife of the plant kingdom; in one neat package it provides a high-calorie food, potable water, fiber that can be spun into rope, and a hard shell that can be turned into charcoal. What’s more, until it is needed for some other purpose it serves as a handy flotation device.

No wonder people from ancient Austronesians to Captain Bligh pitched a few coconuts aboard before setting sail. (The mutiny of the Bounty is supposed to have been triggered by Bligh's harsh punishment of the theft of coconuts from the ship's store.) So extensively is the history of the coconut interwoven with the history of people [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+00:00February 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hybrids in the Coconut Industry Road Map

Hybrids in the Coconut Industry Road Map by Dr. Emil Javier October 24, 2015 ‘There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?’ – Robert Kennedy Even as the Supreme Court deliberates on the injunction against the Executive Orders [...]

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

Hybrids to get coconut industry modernization going.

The most immediate threat to the Philippine coconut industry is declining raw material supply. Almost all coconut oil mills are running below operating capacity and the prices of whole nuts, grated fresh coconut and buko in local markets are literally going through roof, all clear indications of dwindling supply. Strong typhoons like Yolanda, Pablo, and [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+00:00January 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DuPont Industrial Biosciences, ADM find “breakthrough process” for a “long-sought molecule”

In Delaware, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland announced a new breakthrough process in producing FDME from fructose, with “the potential to expand the materials landscape in the 21st century with exciting and truly novel, high-performance renewable materials”, the companies said in a joint release. You’ll love it. You’ll need it. You’ll want it. [...]

By |2019-12-08T11:43:35+00:00January 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments