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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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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