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China Corn Output Jumps 6.7% to Record in 2011, Survey Shows - Businessweek

China Corn Output Jumps 6.7% to Record in 2011, Survey Shows - Businessweek | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Corn production in China, the world’s largest grower and consumer after the U.S., probably rose 6.7 percent to a record this year as farmers planted more and favorable weather boosted yields, a survey showed.
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'Amazing protein diversity' is discovered in the maize plant

'Amazing protein diversity' is discovered in the maize plant | MAIZE | Scoop.it
New research establishes the amazing diversity of maize -- specifically the variety of proteins that the plant's genes can generate. The finding has great import for agriculture, as maize is one of the world's top-three staple foods, along with rice and wheat accounting for two-thirds of world food consumption.
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SouthAfrica: Weak rand pushes SA corn and wheat to records

SouthAfrica: Weak rand pushes SA corn and wheat to records | MAIZE | Scoop.it
South Africa will be a net importer of corn for the first time since 2008 this year after the worst drought in more than a century.
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China's grain reforms to boost depressed corn processing industry

China's grain reforms to boost depressed corn processing industry | MAIZE | Scoop.it
China's plan to let the market set corn prices is bad news for international grain exporters, but should boost the country's struggling corn processors that use the grain in products ranging from food additives to paper and textiles.
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Record-Low Zimbabwe Corn Crop to Press Drought-Hit South Africa

Record-Low Zimbabwe Corn Crop to Press Drought-Hit South Africa | MAIZE | Scoop.it
South Africa, which is the continent’s biggest corn producer and is suffering the worst drought in memory, may need to help neighboring Zimbabwe with corn supplies as a drought cuts its harvest to the lowest since records started, a grain and oilseed farmers’ body said.
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8A Paul's curator insight, February 25, 11:08 AM

This article is about the drought in Africa. South Africa's food production is decreasing and they need to send out food to the neighboring countries too. Zambia is the same as South Africa because they need to aid Zimbabwe with corns. Zimbabwe is the country with the lowest rainfall in the region. The stocks of Zimbabwe are down too. 

 

This article helped me to understand Africa more about the dependency of the countries in Africa, how they help their neighboring countries and the new knowledge I know is that Zimbabwe got really less rain. I think that Zimbabwe should find a way to stop important corns from neighboring countries and plant their own crops. They can get richer this way and become more independent. 

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Zambia bans maize exports to Zimbabwe

Zambia bans maize exports to Zimbabwe | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Zambian authorities have imposed an export ban on maize meal, leaving Zimbabwean millers struggling to get about 70 000 tons of already-paid-for maize meal from their northern neighbours, a report says.
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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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Extreme Weather May Raise Toxin Levels in Food, Scientists Warn

Extreme Weather May Raise Toxin Levels in Food, Scientists Warn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
U.N. report says wheat and other crops generate potential toxins to protect themselves from intense weather
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The race to create super-crops

The race to create super-crops | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Old-fashioned breeding techniques are bearing more fruit than genetic engineering in developing hyper-efficient plants.
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Kenya Gives Nod to Open-Air Trials of Bt Maize - It Could Be Selling By 2018

Kenya Gives Nod to Open-Air Trials of Bt Maize - It Could Be Selling By 2018 | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Kenya moved closer to commercial cultivation of genetically modified crops after the government approved open-air field trials of GM maize, making it the first East African country and the third in Africa to plant the genetically modified crop.
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USAID-PARC launch bio-fortified maize hybrids programme

USAID-PARC launch bio-fortified maize hybrids programme | MAIZE | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) in collaboration with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched
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Tanzania to begin confined trials of drought, pest resistant GMO maize

Tanzania to begin confined trials of drought, pest resistant GMO maize | MAIZE | Scoop.it
At last Tanzanian scientists have been allowed to release confined field trials of transgenic [maize], marking a new turn is the raging debate over adoption of biotechnology plants.
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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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