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Zambia: Maize shortages - FRA’s failure

Zambia: Maize shortages - FRA’s failure | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Judging by the just-ended mealie meal and maize bran shortages in a country that recorded a maize bumper harvest during the last farming season, it can be said that the frustration most affected Zambian citizens feel is a direct result of FRA’s failure across the country.
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Bt corn losing against corn earworm, Carolinas field study shows

Bt corn losing against corn earworm, Carolinas field study shows | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A new study from North Carolina State University and Clemson University finds that the toxin in a widely used genetically modified crop is having little impact on corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea) – which is consistent with predictions made 20 years ago. The study may be a signal to pay closer attention to warning signs about the development of resistance in agricultural pests to GM crops.
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Genetic, evolutionary and plant breeding insights from the domestication of maize

Genetic, evolutionary and plant breeding insights from the domestication of maize | MAIZE | Scoop.it

"The natural history of maize began nine thousand years ago when Mexican farmers started to collect the seeds of the wild grass, teosinte. Invaluable as a food source, maize permeated Mexican culture and religion. Its domestication eventually led to its adoption as a model organism, aided in large part by its large chromosomes, ease of pollination and growing agricultural importance. Genome comparisons between varieties of maize, teosinte and other grasses are beginning to identify the genes responsible for the domestication of modern maize and are also providing ideas for the breeding of more hardy varieties."


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AckerbauHalle's curator insight, April 2, 3:08 AM

Great paper on the evolution of maize

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EPA proposing limits on planting of GMO corn

EPA proposing limits on planting of GMO corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it

In an effort to combat pest resistance in corn crops around the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing restrictions on the amount of corn containing the Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) trait that farmers are allowed to plant.

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Bangladesh: Maize farming makes Rajshahi growers happy

Bangladesh: Maize farming makes Rajshahi growers happy | MAIZE | Scoop.it
By dint of its gradually increasing demand and lucrative market price, scores of growers have become happy over maize farming both in rainy and winter seasons in Rajshahi region, especially Barind tract and Chalan Beel areas.
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Germany: Synbreed project bridges the gap between animal and plant breeding

Germany: Synbreed project bridges the gap between animal and plant breeding | MAIZE | Scoop.it
From healthier cattle to corn that is better adapted to climate change, the Synbreed project has made major breakthroughs in animal and plant breeding. The methods used are based on DNA analysis, which allows scientists to identify characteristics in animals and plants that are particularly advantageous ...
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US: NCGA's 2015 'World of Corn' report details corn crop statistics

US: NCGA's 2015 'World of Corn' report details corn crop statistics | MAIZE | Scoop.it
2015 World of Corn report from the National Corn Growers Association is a statistical look at the domestic and global corn industry
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George Beadle, The Mystery of Maize (1972)

George Beadle, The Mystery of Maize (1972) | MAIZE | Scoop.it

This is a wonderful article by George Beadle on the origins of maize, from the 1972 Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin.
https://archive.org/stream/bulletin43fiel#page/n211/mode/2up
Thanks to Jeffrey Ross-Ibara for sharing the link!


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Hot dry conditions to affect South Africa's maize crop

Hot dry conditions to affect South Africa's maize crop | MAIZE | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A quarter of South Africa's maize crop could be ruined, as extreme heat and dry conditions sweep through its corn-producing regions, industry experts said on Thursday.
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Indian corn farmers pin hopes on local poultry feed demand

Indian corn farmers pin hopes on local poultry feed demand | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Indian corn producers, after scoring virtually no major export deal for months, are counting on local chicken farms to absorb millions of tonnes of the grain as poultry output heads for yet another record year.
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Namibia: Bleak outlook for maize 2015: Total harvest could be less than 35 000 tonnes

Namibia: Bleak outlook for maize 2015: Total harvest could be less than 35 000 tonnes | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Namibian rain-fed producers countrywide have warned of a dismal total maize production of less than 35 000 tonnes this year due to the erratic rainfall since November last year.

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Corn Farming Boosts The Global Carbon Cycle

Corn Farming Boosts The Global Carbon Cycle | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Scientists have noticed a change in the atmosphere. Plants are taking in more carbon dioxide during the growing season and giving off more carbon in the fall and winter. Recent research shows the massive corn crop in the Corn Belt may be contributing to that deeper breath.
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US: Ethanol industry gets its own biotech corn

US: Ethanol industry gets its own biotech corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it

US: Some ethanol makers are cheering a new biotech corn engineered strictly to produce biofuel

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Ghana: MOFA recommends new maize varieties

Ghana: MOFA recommends new maize varieties | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has recommended two new hybrid maize seeds suitable for improved yields and productivity.
It said the Abontem and Omankwa, varieties of seeds have high disease resistance, and favourable for all weather patterns.

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Zambia: Investing in Infrastructure Critical to Advancing Food Security in Zambia

Zambia: Investing in Infrastructure Critical to Advancing Food Security in Zambia | MAIZE | Scoop.it

DuPont Pioneer, one of the world’s leading agricultural businesses, today opened a new seed warehouse and office facility in Zambia that will increase maize storage capacity and meet farmer demand for both local and export markets to Kenya, Tanzania and other markets in Africa.

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US$4m USAID maize project to improve productivity in Ghana

US$4m USAID maize project to improve productivity in Ghana | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a $4 million maize project aimed at improving productivity of small-holder maize farmers in Ghana.

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US: Method to find bad mutations may improve maize crops

US: Method to find bad mutations may improve maize crops | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Cornell researchers have developed a way to predict bad mutations in the maize genome, addressing a major challenge for breeders trying to grow better crops and feed rising populations. The researchers found regions of the genome that were riddled with such unwanted DNA. 
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Disease hits Kenya maize expectations

Disease hits Kenya maize expectations | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Kenya’s maize growing areas registered a 10% decline during the long rains season of March to May as Maize Lethal Necrotic Disease (MLND) affected the crop, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture said last week.

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New research characterizes novel aspects of maize reproduction

New research characterizes novel aspects of maize reproduction | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Male reproductive organ development in maize involves a complex array of ribonucleic acid molecules (RNAs) with potentially diverse activities in gene regulation, demonstrated by new research from the University of Delaware and Stanford University. 
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Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn

Where did corn come from? Genetic and archeological data point to what may seem like an unlikely ancestor. Discover the secret of corn in this HHMI BioInteractive video.


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Steve Marek's curator insight, April 1, 1:09 PM

great video!

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USA (Cornell University): Faculty members combat crop molds in kids’ diets

USA (Cornell University): Faculty members combat crop molds in kids’ diets | MAIZE | Scoop.it

New studies show that corn and peanuts, common foods in the African diet, often contain harmful mycotoxins produced by molds. Cornell faculty members are working to eliminate these, and other toxins.

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US abandons forecast of soaring China corn imports

US abandons forecast of soaring China corn imports | MAIZE | Scoop.it
US officials abandoned expectations of a sharp increase in Chinese corn imports which have been a mainstay of grain bulls for years, noting strong domestic supplies and competition from other grains.
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Kenya: Good News for Maize Farmers As Striga Weed Kept At Bay

Kenya: Good News for Maize Farmers As Striga Weed Kept At Bay | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Johnstone Onyango was used to buying maize from Uganda due to the low production in his three-acre piece of land.

The 35-year-old maize farmer in Lwanya location, Matayos sub county, Busia county, says he could only get 20 tins of maize after toiling hard only for his crops to be infested by the striga weed.

Onyango, a member of Imbako group, says the situation has however changed, thanks to the StrigaAway maize control technology.
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Burkina Faso launches high-yielding maize varieties promotion project

Burkina Faso launches high-yielding maize varieties promotion project | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Burkina Faso has just launched promotion of a high-yielding maize varieties project, thanks to funding amounting to 1.1 billion CFA francs by the West African Economic and Monetary Union WAEMU), the Burkinabe Ministry for Scientific Research told APA.
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UW botanist harnesses the grid to illuminate crop growth

UW botanist harnesses the grid to illuminate crop growth | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Corn tassels and leaves are backlit by the sun at UW-Madison’s West Madison Agricultural Research Station. Botany Professor Edgar Spalding is using new technology to better quantify the complex process of corn growth.

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Iowa State University research: G-quadruplexes in corn genome may control stress response

Iowa State University research: G-quadruplexes in corn genome may control stress response | MAIZE | Scoop.it
AMES, Iowa – A research team including Iowa State University and United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) personnel has identified genetic structures in corn that may shed light on how crops respond to floods and other environmental stresses.
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