Jianquan Liu and colleagues report the draft genome sequence of the domestic yak, Bos grunniens. Their comparative analyses with low-altitude cattle provide insights into high-altitude adaptation in the yak.
Food and the city offers practical lessons and inspiration to both would-be practitioners of urban agriculture and for policymakers and planners confronted by rapid urbanisation and the challenge of food supply to inner-city millions, who are now...
…is off and running in Copenhagen The Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC) will convene expertise in the fields of biodiversity informatics, genomics, earth observation, natural history collections, biodiversity research and policy...
This JRC Scientific and Technical report provides proceedings of the “International workshop on socio-economic impacts of genetically modified (GM) crops” which was co-organised by JRC-IPTS and FAO in Seville on 23-24 November 2011. JRC-IPTS has been requested to review for policy makers the main findings of scientists active in this field world-wide in cooperation with FAO. The objective of this workshop, which was directed at socio-economic experts from the Competent Authorities of the EU Member States and staff from the EC, was to start the technical discussions between the Member States and the Commission to define factors and indicators allowing a proper capture of the impacts of GMOs in the EU. The workshop covered the following topics: Session 1: Adoption of GM crop varieties and socio-economic impacts on farmers Session 2: Aggregated and global impacts of GM technology in agriculture Session 3: Economics of segregation/coexistence of supply chains Session 4: Socio economic impacts of GM crops: examples of use in decision-making Session 5: Economic compensation, liability issues and institutional framework influencing adoption of GM crops Session 6: Research on consumer attitudes, direct/indirect impacts of GM crops on consumers including health issues Session 7: Looking forward: New GM crops in the pipeline and their possible economic and social impacts
A team of scientists led by Dr. Xiaohong Wu of Peking University has recently dated sediment layers containing pottery fragments in Xianrendong Cave in China and found them to be approximately 20,000 years old, predating the earliest known pottery dates by about 2,000 years, and predating the advent of agriculture by about 10,000 years. The finding refutes the long-held view that pottery production coincided with the beginning of agriculture.
We really enjoyed working with Mike Lean, Professor of Nutrition, on the "Plants, Food and Human Health" article (http://www.plantcell.org/site/teachingtools/TTPB21.xhtml). He spends much of his time on the diabetes ward, and has a very real concern for the prevention of chronic diseases!
As you know, nutrition education only goes so far, so his approach is to nutritionally balance the food people want to eat. And if you eat your pizza with a side order of broccoli, even better.
A fresh blight is poised to hit Afghanistan's poppy fields this year, driving up opium prices and threatening to fuel a shift to potentially lethal heroin substitutes like "krokodil", the U.N. drugs watchdog said on Tuesday.
Going organic in agriculture: Will consumers support farmers?Daily News & AnalysisHow can we sustain agro-biodiversity and incentivise majority of organic producers, in the process helping ourselves through better health and quality of life?
“WEALTH is not without its advantages,” John Kenneth Galbraith once wrote, “and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.” Despite the obvious advantages of wealth, nations do a poor job of keeping count of their own. They may boast about their abundant natural resources, their skilled workforce and their world-class infrastructure. But there is no widely recognised, monetary measure that sums up this stock of natural, human and physical assets.
Erna Bennett (5 August 1925–3 January 2012) Content Type Journal ArticleCategory ObituaryPages 1-4DOI 10.1007/s10722-012-9872-0Authors Peter Hanelt, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), 06466 Gatersleben, GermanyHelmut...
GrrlScientist: A new study shows that increasing carbon dioxide levels favour trees over grass, suggesting that large regions of Africa's savannas may be forests by the end of this century (RT @KewGIS: Trees, grass and gas: the battle for dominance...
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