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Kenya: Kari experts device plan to rid farms of lethal maize disease

Kenya: Kari experts device plan to rid farms of lethal maize disease | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Scientists from the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Kari) have stepped up efforts to find a lasting solution to the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND), even as farmers continue to count losses.
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South Africa: Mycotoxin occurrence in maize milling fractions

South Africa: Mycotoxin occurrence in maize milling fractions | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Researchers in South Africa have investigated the effect of dry milling on the reduction of fumonisins (FB), deoxynivalenol (DON) and zearalenone (ZEA) in maize.
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Rwanda: Maize Disease Leaves Rubavu Farmers Guessing

Rwanda: Maize Disease Leaves Rubavu Farmers Guessing | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Farmers in Rubavu District say they are threatened by a new maize disease (maize chlorotic mottle virus) which has attacked their farms and dried up the corns before harvest period.

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Enslaved to maize: Why we need to re-think Malawi’s agricultural future

Enslaved to maize: Why we need to re-think Malawi’s agricultural future | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Maize is a political crop that has essentially enslaved Malawi as a nation. Despite being the staple diet of millions of ordinary Malawians, maize is not only one of the least nutritious foodstuffs in Malawi, but our blinkered monoculture production of it is both outdated and increasingly expensive.

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Zambia National Farmers’ Union releases projection for 2012/13 maize output

Zambia National Farmers’ Union releases projection for 2012/13 maize output | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Lusaka - Zambia: A crop of maize for a peasant farmer in Chongwe THE Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) has projected that the maize production for the 2012/13 farmi
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Uganda: Researchers tackle new pest challenge in maize breeding

Ugandan scientists who have been conducting research on drought-resistant maize varieties for the last three years, seem to be faced with the challenge of the stem borer, which is destroying farmers’ fields.
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Indonesia: Monsanto touts GM corn to reduce rising imports

Indonesia: Monsanto touts GM corn to reduce rising imports | MAIZE | Scoop.it
All ears: A farmer harvests corn in Malang, East Java. The Agriculture Ministry says the nation imported 780,000 tons of corn in the first quarter of ...
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Bioversity International: Communities saving maize diversity in Guatemala

Bioversity International: Communities saving maize diversity in Guatemala | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The Huehuetenango region, in the Cuchumatanes highlands of Western Guatemala, is an important centre of diversification for maize. While farmers here have inherited a wealth of local varieties from previous generations and traditionally maintain them on farm, changing environmental and social conditions are beginning to have a negative impact on local genetic diversity and food security. Over the past ten years, climate variations and natural disasters have affected maize-based production systems considerably, and smallholder farmers are suffering as a result.

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Nigeria, Benin, Mali, Ghana develop plans for dissemination of drought-tolerant maize

Nigeria, Benin, Mali, Ghana develop plans for dissemination of drought-tolerant maize | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders working under the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) project from Mali, Benin, Ghana, and Nigeria have converged on the campus of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan to develop work plans towards rapid dissemination and adoption of drought-tolerant maize.

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Tropical Agriculture researchers identify early maturing maize lines

Tropical Agriculture researchers identify early maturing maize lines | MAIZE | Scoop.it

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Researchers have identified maize parental lines and hybrids with high levels of drought tolerance that could save farmers in Africa.

The early and the extra-early maturing maize genotypes developed and conserved by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) will help in production of maize, one of the key staples in the continent.

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Kenyan Farmers Battle Striga Weed

Kenyan Farmers Battle Striga Weed | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Dar es Salaam — Thousands of farmers in western Kenya are successfully battling the invasion of a deadly parasitic weed called Striga, dubbed the 'violet vampire' because of its beautiful violet flowers.

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Zimbabwe: Maize Output Revised Downwards

Zimbabwe: Maize Output Revised Downwards | MAIZE | Scoop.it

THE Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union (ZCFU) has revised downwards 2012's maize output to 800 000 metric tonnes from an initial projection of 1,2 million metric tonnes, owing to a dry spell and poor preparation for the season.

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Brazil and EU corn boost global 2012/13 production

Brazil and EU corn boost global 2012/13 production | MAIZE | Scoop.it
World coarse grain production in 2012/13 is forecast up 1.1 million tons this month to 1,124.5 million, with increases for corn more than offsetting reduced prospects for sorghum and barley.
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Zambia: Maize Production Likely to Decrease

Zambia: Maize Production Likely to Decrease | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Zambia’s decision to cut subsidies on maize and remove a fuel subsidy is likely to hamper output of the staple grain, raise prices and dash its goal of becoming a regional breadbasket.

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Parasite-resistant maize developed by Kenyan scientist - SciDev.Net

Parasite-resistant maize developed by Kenyan scientist - SciDev.Net | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A Kenyan researcher is hoping that the deadly cereal parasite Striga weed will be stopped in its tracks by two new maize varieties.
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AgriNews: Nitrogen key to uptake of other corn nutrients study shows

AgriNews: Nitrogen key to uptake of other corn nutrients study shows | MAIZE | Scoop.it

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A historical analysis of corn research shows that new hybrids are taking up more nitrogen than older plant varieties after the crucial flowering stage, a clue as to how plant scientists will need to adapt plants to increase yields.

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India: New hybrid maize seed developed for Gujarat

India: New hybrid maize seed developed for Gujarat | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The variety is rich in Lysine (an essential amino acid) and is touted to be a source of rich protein diet for the tribals, who are its major consumers.
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East African researchers collaborate to fight maize disease

East African researchers collaborate to fight maize disease | MAIZE | Scoop.it

“Last season some portions of my maize crop grew to knee high, the leaves turned yellow and those that grew produced very little grain,” says Wambui. Indeed farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania last year recorded losses of about 50-100percent on their total maize yields following the outbreak of a new maize disease known as Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease –MLND.

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Kenya: Deadly maize disease resurfaces in N. Rift

Kenya: Deadly maize disease resurfaces in N. Rift | MAIZE | Scoop.it
The destructive maize disease has been reported in farms across the North Rift, with agricultural officials warning of poor yields since most farmers failed to heed preventive guidelines.
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Namibia: Maize Yields 11 Tonnes Per Hectare Under Irrigation

Namibia: Maize Yields 11 Tonnes Per Hectare Under Irrigation | MAIZE | Scoop.it

A local crop farmer obtained yields that compare favourably with the most productive areas in eastern South Africa and eastern Zimbabwe where the subcontinent's best maize farmers are located.

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Maize shortage renews GM debate in Zim

Maize shortage renews GM debate in Zim | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A major shortage of maize has sent the price of maize meal, used for porridge and poultry feed, spiralling in Zimbabwe
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Researchers turn corn stover into amylose starch

Researchers turn corn stover into amylose starch | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A team of Virginia Tech researchers have adapted existing technologies to make a new product, transforming cellulose into amylose. One target market for the amylose would be functional foods, said lead researcher Y.H.
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Nitrogen key to uptake of other corn nutrients, study shows

Nitrogen key to uptake of other corn nutrients, study shows | MAIZE | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —A historical analysis of corn research shows that new hybrids are taking up more nitrogen than older plant varieties after the crucial flowering stage, a clue as to how plant scientists will need to adapt plants to increase yields.
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Corn beats rice as top foodstuff in China

Corn beats rice as top foodstuff in China | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Domestic corn production grew 8 per cent to 208 million tonnes, while rice output edged up just 1.6 per cent to 204 million tonnes. -China Daily/ANN
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Kenya: Lethal Maize Disease Signs Scares Nandi Farmers

Kenya: Lethal Maize Disease Signs Scares Nandi Farmers | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Maize Lethal Necrosis disease has affected farms in parts of the Rift Valley. Some farmers in parts of Nandi county have reported that maizeon their farms are turning yellow and drying up two months after they were planted.

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