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Canola genome sequence reveals evolutionary 'love triangle'

Canola genome sequence reveals evolutionary 'love triangle' | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Scientists recently published the genome of Brassica napus -- commonly known as canola -- in the journal Science. Their discovery paves the way for improved versions of the plant, which is used widely in farming and industry.
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Wild gene allows tomatoes to grow and fruit around the clock | Horticulture Week

Wild gene allows tomatoes to grow and fruit around the clock | Horticulture Week | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Dutch researchers have discovered a gene which enables tomato plants to photosynthesise and grow for 24 hours a day, leading to a 20 per cent increase in yield
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Here’s a magical tree that produces 40 different types of fruit - The Times of India

Here’s a magical tree that produces 40 different types of fruit - The Times of India | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken.
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Slimy toxic algae will hit Lake Erie again this summer

Slimy toxic algae will hit Lake Erie again this summer | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
It's a beach bummer: NOAA forecasts tons of toxic algae will overtake Lake Erie's waters by late summer
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Growing more rice 'unviable' in water-short Pakistan

Growing more rice 'unviable' in water-short Pakistan | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Extreme weather means cotton farmers are turning to rice – but that won’t last as water runs short, experts predict
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FreshFruitPortal.com » Australian researchers develop intelligent ‘Ladybird’ farm robot

FreshFruitPortal.com » Australian researchers develop intelligent ‘Ladybird’ farm robot | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it

Researchers from the University of Sydney have developed a prototype robot that aims to advance agriculture robotics technology and provide new and important information to growers.

The robot, dubbed ‘Ladybird’ due its spotty red and black appearance, comes from a collaboration with Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) and Ausveg, and is capable of driving around the farm and conducting autonomous tasks. 

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Can We Grow More Food on Less Land? -- Sustainable Intensification Needs to Continue For Trend to Last

Can We Grow More Food on Less Land?  -- Sustainable Intensification Needs to Continue For Trend to Last | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it

The widespread assumption among many environmentalists that agriculture is chewing up more and more habitat at a faster rate each year is simply not correct. While the global food supply per person has increased over the last 15 years, we have simultaneously decreased the total amount of land we’re using to produce it. That’s not to say that all forms of agricultural intensification have been sustainable, and we ought to ensure existing farmland capable of high yields will keep being farmed, rather than converted to other uses. As we improve our metrics of agricultural sustainability, it should be increasingly possible to track how sustainable this intensification actually is.

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Sun Black: the new black tomato

Sun Black: the new black tomato | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Italian researches from School of advanced studies Sant'Anna, University of Pisa, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and University of Tuscia have launched a brand new tomato, being part of the "Tom – Anto" research project
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Drought may be taking toll on bees in Sonoma

Drought may be taking toll on bees in Sonoma | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Shelley Arrowsmith has nearly 1 million honey bees — imports from Europe — spread out among 15 hives on her Sonoma property. On Saturday, the self-professed bee-lover and a team of volunteers searched for other types of bees, some of the 1,600 species that are native to California.
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Report: Firms must push farmers to minimize environmental impact

Report: Firms must push farmers to minimize environmental impact | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
DES MOINES, Iowa — Some big food makers are getting serious about making sure farmers grow crops in ways that minimize damage to water, soil and the environment, according to
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Silicon Valley Bets on the Farm

Startups are cashing in on the increasing connection between agriculture and technology.
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Genome could unlock eucalyptus potential for paper, fuel and fiber

Genome could unlock eucalyptus potential for paper, fuel and fiber | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
From antiseptic oils to the construction of didgeridoos, the traditional Australian Aboriginal wind instrument, the eucalyptus tree serves myriad purposes, accounting for its status as one of the world's most widely planted hardwood trees. Its prodigious growth habit has caught the eyes of researchers ...
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Kenya leads in flower exports, says AfDB - HortiBiz

Kenya leads in flower exports, says AfDB - HortiBiz | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it

Kenya is now a lead exporter of cut flowers to the European Union with a market share of about 38 percent, African Development Bank (AfDB) annual report for 2013 that was released recently reveals

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West Side grower’s struggle to find water for his trees appears to be paying off this year | Tree Nuts content from Western Farm Press

West Side grower’s struggle to find water for his trees appears to be paying off this year | Tree Nuts content from Western Farm Press | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Owner Mark Borba planned to ship his first loads to the huller the second week of the month. He was cautiously optimistic about how his crop would shell out.
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Rising Heat Wilts Wheat Crop

Rising Heat Wilts Wheat Crop | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Satellite imaging reveals the need to change farming in South Asia as higher average temperatures hit
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Russia: Rich consumers eat more fruit and vegetables

Russia: Rich consumers eat more fruit and vegetables | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
FreshPlaza is the number one portal for the fresh produce industry, offering Although Russia has very high agricultural potential, with 8% of the world’s arable land, local production of fruit and vegetables remains small. The production landscape is fragmented, and modern mechanisation, agricultural techniques, seeds and storage facilities are lacking both the infrastructure and mentality inherited from Soviet times. Low production output results in Russia being a net fruit and vegetable importer. This is mentioned in a report from PMA. the latest news, job advertisements, pricewatch, and photo albums
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Adapting to climate change through land and water management in Eastern Africa. Results of pilot projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania

Adapting to climate change through land and water management in Eastern Africa. Results of pilot projects in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
The Eastern African region (which includes Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania) is highly vulnerable to climate change and several of its major sectors (notably agriculture) that significantly contribute to the sub-region’s economies are at risk. About 80% of the population in East Africa depend on agriculture, which contributes to 40% of the sub-region’s GDP. Climate change will significantly affect the agricultural sector in ways that without adaptation will ultimately reduce yields of subsistence crops, cash crops and the livestock sector. Areas already facing water scarcity are predicted to become drier and thereby cause associated disputes and conflicts. The Eastern African highlands are also vulnerable to a range of climate-sensitive diseases including malaria, dengue fever, meningitis and rift valley fever-whose increased incidence and spread is driven by climate variability and will affect livelihoods.
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FreshFruitPortal.com » Ecuadorian banana growers gear up for El Niño

FreshFruitPortal.com » Ecuadorian banana growers gear up for El Niño | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
An Ecuadorian banana industry rep discusses El Niño, drug inspections and shipping delays to China.
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Symposium at Agricenter focuses on use of drones in agriculture

Symposium at Agricenter focuses on use of drones in agriculture | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- New technology has farmers buzzing. Drones now have a place down on the farm. More than 200 folks got a firsthand look at how drones can help with crop quality and yield at the in...
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State-of-the-art technology to provide East Africa’s small-scale farmers access to agricultural and financial markets

State-of-the-art technology to provide East Africa’s small-scale farmers access to agricultural and financial markets | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Last Thursday, A new commodities exchange that launched in Kigali, Rwanda, with the aim of using state-of-the-art technology to provide East Africa’s small-scale farmers access to agricultural and financial markets
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The Next Breadbasket

The Next Breadbasket | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Can Africa's fertile farmland feed the world?
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Prospects for Grain Farm Incomes in 2014 | farmdocdaily.illinois.edu

Average grain farm incomes in 2014 likely will be much lower than 2013 incomes. Corn prices near $4.20 per bushel combined with above average yields could result in average incomes on grain farms in Illinois around $45,000 per farm, slightly below the average for the years from 1996 through 2005. A scenario that would result in average incomes near $134,000 per farm, the 2013 level of average income, would be above average yields combined with corn prices near $4.80 per bushel. This is a large range ($45,000 to $134,000), and it represents the likely range of average grain farm incomes over the next several years, with lower incomes possible if low commodity prices occur.
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Climate threat to America's 'king corn'

Climate threat to America's 'king corn' | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
Heatwaves and water shortages could devastate US farmlands devoted to corn crop, report warns
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Evolutionary Map Could Help Farmers Eliminate Fertilizer

Evolutionary Map Could Help Farmers Eliminate Fertilizer | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
New research offers hope for prodding corn, wheat, and rice into a partnership with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
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AckerbauHalle's curator insight, June 15, 4:17 AM

Da ist es wieder - Stickstofffixierung bei Weizen. 

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NASA Goddard to Bring Satellite Data to African Agriculture

NASA Goddard to Bring Satellite Data to African Agriculture | Agriculture news & innovations | Scoop.it
From hundreds of miles in orbit, NASA satellites can measure how much rain falls in Niger or detect plant health in Mali. But on the ground, many African farmers and food distributors don't have good information about the growing conditions a few dozen miles down the road.
A new program is bringing together scientists in two branches of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., as well as an African non-profit organization in order to get relevant satellite data in the hands – and cell phones – of people who could use it the most. The program, funded by the Advanced Collaborative Connections for Earth Systems Science program, will build on two technologies developed at Goddard to help scientists collect and track data, called LabNotes and FieldNotes.
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