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Global Corn Demand Spurs Historic Shift in China

Global Corn Demand Spurs Historic Shift in China | MAIZE | Scoop.it
USGC says U.S. corn producers are poised to take advantage of China's growing corn needs
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China's Farm Policy Hints at New Market Orientation, Maize Reforms

China's Farm Policy Hints at New Market Orientation, Maize Reforms | MAIZE | Scoop.it
China’s farm policy will be “modernised,” the government has said, with a movement towards more market-oriented policies in areas such as the maize sector. However, farm subsidies aimed at narrowing the growing income gap between urban and rural areas are likely to remain a central feature of the Asian country’s agricultural policy, sources said.
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A Chinese Spy Stole Millions in Corn Seeds from Monsanto

A Chinese Spy Stole Millions in Corn Seeds from Monsanto | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A Chinese spy has confessed to stealing $30 million to $40 of proprietary corn seeds three years after his arrest.
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Ban or Not, GMO Corn May Already Be On China’s Table

Ban or Not, GMO Corn May Already Be On China’s Table | MAIZE | Scoop.it
In China, genetically modified food is a hot-button issue, replete with bilateral trade spats and an official ban on the commercial production of GMO grains on home soil. Or at least, there is supposed to be such a ban. An eight-month probe last year by Greenpeace found what it calls large-scale production of GMO corn in the northeastern province of Liaoning, a major breadbasket region, the environmental watchdog said in a report Wednesday. Some 93% of random field samples and 20 of 21 samples from grain markets and supermarkets were found to contain GMO strains that are illegal in China, it said.
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Kenya: Growing Biotech Maize Close to Reality

Kenya: Growing Biotech Maize Close to Reality | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Kenya has taken a key step towards allowing the growing of genetically modified crops on open farms.
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Scientists find the single letter in corn’s DNA that spurred its evolution

Scientists find the single letter in corn’s DNA that spurred its evolution | MAIZE | Scoop.it

About 10,000 years ago, the teosinte plant underwent a mutation that would change the world. The tough greenish husks surrounding its golden grains disappeared, and the plant began its long evolution into what we now call corn.

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As bugs become resistant to Bt maize in South Africa, new practices needed to delay resistence

As bugs become resistant to Bt maize in South Africa, new practices needed to delay resistence | MAIZE | Scoop.it
In the case of maize, the GM crops planted and consumed in South Africa are known as Bt-crops, so named because they contain a protein (Bt) produced by a common soil bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis. The protein is the bacterium’s weapon against hungry bugs; when they digest it, they die.
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China’s Corn Strategy Turns Bear Market on Its Ear

China’s Corn Strategy Turns Bear Market on Its Ear | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A massive rise in corn imports last month is bringing back into the spotlight China’s hunger for the yellow grain and showcasing how Chinese policy-makers successfully overhauled the country’s food supply routes to lessen its dependence on the U.S.
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Corn-ered: America’s native crop almost impossible to avoid at supermarket

Corn-ered: America’s native crop almost impossible to avoid at supermarket | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Less than 10 percent of the corn grown in America is consumed directly. Yet it is in “almost every product in the supermarket today,” having been fed to animals or processed into sweeteners, according to a new book on the history of corn.
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In defense of corn, the world’s most important food crop

In defense of corn, the world’s most important food crop | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Corn has a bad rap. Think of those 90 million U.S. acres growing the stuff, and what comes to mind? Monocrops, perhaps? Cheap meat and processed foods? Ethanol? Subsidies? Polenta might not even make your list.


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During rainy season, Ethiopians delight in corn

During rainy season, Ethiopians delight in corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Ethiopians, rich and poor, traditionally indulge in fresh corn during country’s rainy season By Abebech Hailekal ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Alganesh Alemayehu and Amina Kedir sit on the streets of Addis Ababa fanning small charcoal furnaces on which they grill cobs of corn that they sell to hungry passersby. They keep their furnaces stoked throughout
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As stocks soar, China says to reduce corn acreage in 2016

As stocks soar, China says to reduce corn acreage in 2016 | MAIZE | Scoop.it
China plans to cut corn acreage in 2016 and switch to other crops, the country's agriculture minister said, as Beijing comes under pressure to reduce huge stocks of the grain.
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Kenya: You can’t go wrong with maize, says Kenya Investment Authority

Kenya: You can’t go wrong with maize, says Kenya Investment Authority | MAIZE | Scoop.it
At the beginning of 2014 the Kenyan government officially launched Galana-Kulalu Food Project, one of the largest irrigation undertakings in East Africa. The public-private partnership aims at addressing food insecurity in the region by irrigating one million acres of land to produce maize, sugarcane and meat, alongside other crops, livestock and fish farms.
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India: Take up maize cultivation for diversification: Agri experts

India: Take up maize cultivation for diversification: Agri experts | MAIZE | Scoop.it
As the state's department of agriculture along with Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is trying hard to foster crop diversification, the district agriculture offices (DAO) are on their toes to promote maize cultivation which is yet to receive popularity among Punjab farmers. The maize cultivation, according to experts, offers several benefits to the farmers.
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Nigerian maize price soars, as global prices increase

Nigerian maize price soars, as global prices increase | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The price of Nigerian maize has risen as imports are speculated to have reduced to 200,000 metric tonnes (MT), as a result of global increase in prices of maize.

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Malawi has most expensive maize in Southern Africa

Malawi has most expensive maize in Southern Africa | MAIZE | Scoop.it
50kg bag selling at K15,000 Following a disruption in water cycle which delayed the rains during the current and previous rainy seasons, Malawians should p
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Genetic and Genomic Toolbox of Zea mays

Genetic and Genomic Toolbox of Zea mays | MAIZE | Scoop.it

This is a terrific Open Access reivew An article from March 2015 "Genetics"That" outlines the basics of working with maize and Describes its rich genetic toolbox "- by Natalie J Nannas and Kelly Dawe.


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Kenya: Biotechnology can ensure food security

Kenya: Biotechnology can ensure food security | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Currently, agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy, contributing approximately 25 per cent of GDP, and employing 75 per cent of the national labour force. If it remains chronically inefficient, agriculture cannot modernize.

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US: Clemson scientists stopping small insects from doing big damage to corn

US: Clemson scientists stopping small insects from doing big damage to corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
There are almost 275,000 acres of corn planted in South Carolina, with an economic impact of approximately $130 million. Though this is dwarfed by Midwest states such as Iowa (13.7 million acres, $8.75 billion), it's still a lot of corn - enough, at least, to make a person think S.C. would be a utopia for the insects that like to feast on tasty yellow kernels.
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New Zealand: Long term approach yields results

New Zealand: Long term approach yields results | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A Pirongia farmer's quest to reap the largest yield he can from his feed crops has paid off in satisfaction and silverware, writes Gerald Piddock.

Achieving high yielding feed crops is about taking a long term approach to the soil and the land for Alan Henderson.
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SA’s genetically modified maize: Here's what you should know about it

SA’s genetically modified maize: Here's what you should know about it | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Between 70% and 80% of maize consumed in South Africa is genetically modified, and ours is the only country in the world whose staple is primarily GMO. So what? Three decades after its adoption, GM maize remains contentious. ANDREA TEAGLE takes a look at some of the risks and benefits of South Africa’s beloved mielie today.
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Tiny genetic tweak unlocked corn kernels during domestication

Tiny genetic tweak unlocked corn kernels during domestication | MAIZE | Scoop.it
If not for a single genetic mutation, each kernel on a juicy corn cob would be trapped inside a inedible casing as tough as a walnut shell. The mutation switches one amino acid for another at a specific position in a protein regulating formation of these shells in modern corn's wild ancestor, according to a study published in the July 2015 issue of Genetics, a publication of the Genetics Society of America.
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US: Research evaluates ‘why’ of exceptional corn yields

US: Research evaluates ‘why’ of exceptional corn yields | MAIZE | Scoop.it

US: With research in the past 10 years showing notable exceptions in how well predictions of corn yield potential matched actual yields on northern New York farms, the farmers of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) wanted to learn more about the factors influencing the beyond-expectations success.

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South Africa set to import white maize from Zambia and Mexico

South Africa set to import white maize from Zambia and Mexico | MAIZE | Scoop.it
South Africa will import white maize from Mexico and Zambia in a bid to bulk up waning stocks as a scorching drought curbed domestic output.
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Fearing hunger, Malawi eyes maize from Tanzania, Zambia

Fearing hunger, Malawi eyes maize from Tanzania, Zambia | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Malawi is looking to Tanzania and Zambia for the purchase of 70,000 and 30,000 metric tons of maize, respectively, as the country faces the looming specter of hunger.

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Kenya: Experts on track to create maize varieties to tame virus

Kenya: Experts on track to create maize varieties to tame virus | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Researchers say they are on track to develop disease-resistant maize varieties to help tame a deadly virus.
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