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Research seeks to make maize protein behave like gluten

Research seeks to make maize protein behave like gluten | MAIZE | Scoop.it

CHICAGO — Creating gluten-free products might become less difficult if researchers are able to make another protein work more like wheat gluten. Zein, a protein from maize, shows promise.

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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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Tanzania outlines measures to curb deadly maize disease

Tanzania outlines measures to curb deadly maize disease | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Tanzania on Friday announced measures to scale down the impact of Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND), a viral disease that threatens food security in the East African nation
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Kenya: Scientists make new findings on lethal maize disease

Kenya: Scientists make new findings on lethal maize disease | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Scientists have discovered an interesting development that will help the fight against the lethal maize disease. The maize lethal necrosis disease has been found to remain in the soil after the crop has been harvested and has the ability to pass on the disease to the next maize crop planted in the same field.

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Zambia: West farmers discover ‘gold’ in orange maize

Zambia: West farmers discover ‘gold’ in orange maize | MAIZE | Scoop.it
ONE of the major problems that have plagued small-scale farmers is lack of coordinated marketing for their crop in the maize value chain.
Unpredictable weather patterns and short rainy seasons have contributed to the losses small-scale farmers have recorded in Western Province.
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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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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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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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Zimbabwe seeks $300m to buy maize to avert starvation after another very poor harvest

Zimbabwe seeks $300m to buy maize to avert starvation after another very poor harvest | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Zimbabwe has appealed for $300 million from donors to buy food to avert starvation after another poor harvest.
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Ghana: 50,000 farmers to benefit from US$4m maize project

Ghana: 50,000 farmers to benefit from US$4m maize project | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The USAID has rolled out a US$4million four-year project dubbed “Ghana Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Programme” (GAMSAP), aimed at increasing adoption of hybrid maize seed and related good agronomic practices to boost productivity and profitability among farmers in the Brong Ahafo Region
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Bihar: An unlikely corn revolution

Bihar: An unlikely corn revolution | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Indian Express trace Bihar’s recent emergence as a maize powerhouse with farmers harvesting yields comparable to Midwest US levels.
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Kenya: GM maize seeds will help boost farmers’ output

Kenya: GM maize seeds will help boost farmers’ output | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The push for a sober and science-based discourse on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has been buried under layers of discordant emotions emanating from those for and against the adoption of the technology. In this no give-and-take engagement, the country has lost valuable time and benefits of GMOs products—some of which are the brainchildren of our scientists.
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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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