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Kenya: Drought tolerant maize to turn arid regions into bread basket

Kenya: Drought tolerant maize to turn arid regions into bread basket | MAIZE | Scoop.it

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A new drought tolerant maize variety at the trial phase in Kenya’s arid lower eastern province heralds some respite to the country’s food security challenges that have worsened due to climate change.

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Researchers look at small RNA pathways in maize tassels

Researchers look at small RNA pathways in maize tassels | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Delaware and other institutions across the country have been awarded a four-year, $6.5 million National Science Foundation grant to analyze developmental events in maize anthers and tassels, the male reproductive organs that produce pollen.
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Zimbabwe maize production up 46 percent

Zimbabwe maize production up 46 percent | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Bulawayo ‑ Zimbabwe’s 2013/14 season maize yield has increase 46 percent owing to Government Input Support programme and heavy rains received in most parts of the country, the country’s President Robert Mugabe has said.

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India: Punjab approves five maize dryer units

India: Punjab approves five maize dryer units | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The Punjab government has approved the proposed installation of five more maize dryer units, to promote maize as an alternative crop for paddy and to check the depletion and contamination of groundwater.The initiative may encourage farmers to bring more area under maize

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US: Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes

US: Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Studies warn that climate change will threaten corn production in coming decades. Meanwhile, farmers are experimenting with new planting methods in hopes of slowing soil erosion from torrential rains.
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China’s Drought to Shrink Corn Harvest First Time Since 2009

China’s Drought to Shrink Corn Harvest First Time Since 2009 | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Corn output in China may drop for the first time in five years because of drought in the North China Plain, the country’s second-biggest producing region, according to Shanghai JC Intelligence Co.
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Sri Lanka: Maize Cultivation to be expanded

Sri Lanka: Maize Cultivation to be expanded | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The Ministry of Agricultural has decided to cultivate maize on 1,000 acres at the Nikaweratiya - Kobeigane Divisional Secretariat area and farmers are...
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EFSA rejects French move to ban GM crop in Europe

EFSA rejects French move to ban GM crop in Europe | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said French documentation supporting the country's attempt to ban Monsanto's MON810 genetically modified maize in Europe contains no new information or scientific basis to support such a ban.
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Tanzania: New hybrid maize varieties: Where farmers' hopes rest

Tanzania: New hybrid maize varieties: Where farmers' hopes rest | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Plumes of bellowing voices filled Mvomero sky over the weekend as farmers who participated in the on-farm demonstration of the new hybrid maize varieties celebrated following the new harvest that had doubled production.

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Climate Change May Reduce Corn, Wheat Crop Yields

Climate Change May Reduce Corn, Wheat Crop Yields | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Rising temperatures caused by climate change increase the odds that corn and wheat yields will slow even as global demand for the crops for food and fuel increases in the next 10 to 20 years, according to a study published in Environmental Research Letters.

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South Africa Close to Starting Yellow-Corn Exports to China

South Africa Close to Starting Yellow-Corn Exports to China | MAIZE | Scoop.it
South Africa, the continent’s biggest corn producer, is close to starting its first exports of the yellow variety of the grain to China, according to the biggest organization representing local farmers of the crop.
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Philippines: UP scientists develop new white corn variety to feed poor Filipino children

Philippines: UP scientists develop new white corn variety to feed poor Filipino children | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A group of scientists at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños has developed for local breeding a nutrient-rich white corn variety that can help...
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Nigeria Releases First Generation Of Herbicide-resistant Hybrids

Nigeria Releases First Generation Of Herbicide-resistant Hybrids | MAIZE | Scoop.it

THE Nigerian National Variety Release Committee (NVRC) has released the first generation of maize hybrids, resistant to Metsulfuron Methyl (MSM) herbicide, and also endowed with resistance to the parasitic weed, Striga Hermonthica.

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India: Delayed monsoon may hit maize crop

India: Delayed monsoon may hit maize crop | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The delayed monsoon this year is likely to hit the sowing of maize, an important kharif crop, across India.Maize is primarily grown in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra during the kharif season and in Bihar during the rabi

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China pulls plug on genetically modified rice and corn

China pulls plug on genetically modified rice and corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it

China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn. The permits, to grow two varieties of GM rice and one transgenic corn strain, expired on 17 August. The reasoning behind the move is not clear, and it has raised questions about the future of related research in China.

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India: Delayed, below-par monsoon to hit corn output, exports

India: Delayed, below-par monsoon to hit corn output, exports | MAIZE | Scoop.it
GOLEGAON India (Reuters) - The late arrival of monsoon rains in India this year has forced Ramesh Shakharam Ghonghe to delay corn sowing by a month on his land in Maharashtra, a hold-up that threatens
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China Is Rejecting GMO Corn with Unapproved Gene

China Is Rejecting GMO Corn with Unapproved Gene | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A rejection of US grain in China has serious consequences here on home turf, as the country is one of the top importers of US corn,.
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US: Shifting Climate Has North Dakota Farmers Swapping Wheat For Corn

US: Shifting Climate Has North Dakota Farmers Swapping Wheat For Corn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Projections suggest that climate change will hurt agriculture in most parts of the world. But some areas of the U.S. could actually see a benefit as corn production moves farther north.
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Kenya: FAO to train farmers to tackle lethal maize disease

Kenya: FAO to train farmers to tackle lethal maize disease | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Thursday it plans to train more than 6, 000 farmers in Kenya to help tackle the re-emergence of the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) which threatens maize yields across the country.

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Kenya: KARI raises alarm over lethal maize disease

Kenya: KARI raises alarm over lethal maize disease | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The Kenya Agriculture Research Institute (KARI) has raised an alert over re-emergence of the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) in the country.
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When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions

When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions | MAIZE | Scoop.it
China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that's not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.
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As India consumes more and more maize, search on for better varieties

As India consumes more and more maize, search on for better varieties | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Scientists are trying to develop heat stress resilient, high-yielding and nutritionally enriched maize varieties to face the challenges of global warming
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GM maize splits Mexico

GM maize splits Mexico | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The Mexican scientific community has been torn apart by a legal battle over transgenic maize (corn). Almost a year after activists challenged scientists’ right to plant experimental genetically modified (GM) varieties of the crop that is a staple and symbol of Mexico, maize research is still being stymied by a legal stalemate.



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India: Institute for maize research may be a pipe dream for Punjab

India: Institute for maize research may be a pipe dream for Punjab | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Govt of Punjab, last year got nod from Union Ministry of Agriculture to set up DMR in the state to develop hybrid and high yielding varieties of maize
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India: Healthy prospects for maize

India: Healthy prospects for maize | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Maize is among the few success stories in the recent farm history of India. The cereal is so versatile that it lends itself to multiple uses — food, feed, fuel and ferment. As a cereal, maize is used as ingredient in food preparation; it is feed for poultry and livestock; it is feedstock for biofuel (ethanol); it is used as raw material in distilleries; and for starch production because of its high starch content (60 per cent).

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Namibia: Maize Production Doubles After Drought

Namibia: Maize Production Doubles After Drought | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Last year's debilitating drought may have left its scars on the Namibian agricultural landscape, but millers have bounced back strongly to post impressive production results.
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