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Brazilian import-export company expands corn exports to Middle East:.

Brazilian import-export company expands corn exports to Middle East:. | MAIZE | Scoop.it

RIO DE JANEIRO (Brazil) - BrazArtis, an import-export company based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is set to expand its soybean and corn exports to the Middle East, an endeavour that is aligned with the growing Brazilian grain harvest and exports.

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Further Dismissal of GM Corn Study | The Scientist Magazine®

Further Dismissal of GM Corn Study | The Scientist Magazine® | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A handful of French science academies and government agencies add to a growing chorus of doubts that genetically modified corn causes tumors and early death in rats.
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Mexico looks beyond the United States for corn imports

Mexico's 270,000-tonne purchase of non-U.S. corn announced this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) may signal the start of a trend away from its traditional near-total dependence on American producers, market watchers said.
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Russia Suspends Import of Monsanto Corn on Health Concerns

Russia has temporarily suspended the import and sales of Monsanto Co.’s genetically-modified NK 603 corn until the country gets further information on the safety of the products, the consumer safety watchdog said.
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KENYA: Scientists search for maize that requires less water

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Every time there is rainfall shortage in the highlands of Sub-Sahara Africa, one of the first casualties is the maize crop. It wilts and dries up.

Indeed, in Kenya’s Central and Rift Valley highlands, the adequacy of rainfall or lack of it is often known by monitoring the growth pattern of the maize crop, the predominant food crop grown in these regions.

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Plant breeders say new drought-hardy corn testing well in U.S.

* Developers of drought-hardy corn see broad expansion* More research needed on high heat impact on plants* Results still early, but encouraging, developers say.

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Scientists grow drug for rare disease in corn

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have grown a drug to treat a rare genetic disease inside corn plants, potentially offering a cheaper way to manufacture a treatment that currently costs hundreds of thousands...
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US: By the numbers: Today's drought vs. the Dust Bowl era

US: By the numbers: Today's drought vs. the Dust Bowl era | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The impact of the drought currently gripping the United States is real and tangible, as millions can attest. But the depth of the pain still falls short of that experienced by many in the Great Plains and beyond during the so-called Dust Bowl era of the 1930s.

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US: Drought-resistant corn shows promise under real-life conditions

US: Drought-resistant corn shows promise under real-life conditions | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Mike Cyrulik's decision to experiment with a new breed of Syngenta corn, designed to withstand drought by the company's scientists in North Carolina, turned out to be fortuitous.
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India: Meet Farmer Chengal Reddy: He wants us to give up the fear of GM crops

The parliamentary committee report on genetically modified (GM) organisms is an attempt to give a quiet burial to biotechnology in India. On behalf of the farmers of India, let me say that this...
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Paraguay bets on genetically modified soy, corn

Aug 20 (Reuters) - Paraguay will approve Monsanto's genetically modified Roundup Ready 2 soybean seeds before the end of this year along with new corn technology aimed at improving the country's competitiveness as a grains exporter, a state official said.

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US: Corn varieties engineered to withstand drought offer hope

Since the 1920s, crop scientists have focused on breeding improved strains to provide ever bigger yields. In the past decade, the emphasis has been on developing crops that can also withstand extreme weather events.
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Maize situation in South Africa - continue exporting or keep for own market?

Maize situation in South Africa - continue exporting or keep for own market? | MAIZE | Scoop.it
South Africa could face a maize shortage soon and might have to import the grain at a time of growing global scarcity.

Wessel Lemmer, an economist at Grain SA, said if maize exports continued at the current rate, it might be necessary to import the grain for both feed and food by the end of April next year.

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Mexican stock exchange launches first corn futures contracts

Government and securities industry officials oversaw trading of the first futures contract for corn on the Mexican Stock Exchange Representatives of the Agriculture Secretariat, Finance Secretariat, Bank of Mexico and the exchange witnessed the...
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South African Farmers to Plant 2.74 Million Hectares Corn in Season

Farmers in South Africa, the continent’s largest corn producer, are expected to plant 1.3 percent more of the grain this season, the nation’s Crop Estimates Committee announced.
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Nigeria: Freedom At Last for Farmers

Also known as the violet vampire because of the beautiful violet flowers it produces, the Striga weed mostly affects cereals such as maize and legumes such as cowpea grown in the region. Farmers regularly lose 40 to 100 percent of their crops, with total losses amounting to about billion of Naira every year , and that affect the livelihoods of many farmers in the region.

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Flanders Institute for Biotechnology exceptionally sceptical about the Seralini research

Flanders Institute for Biotechnology exceptionally sceptical about the Seralini research | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) has reacted very sceptically to the 'alarming' results of a health study into the consequences of genetically modified maize.
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As corn withers, biotech companies focus on drought-tolerant crops

As corn withers, biotech companies focus on drought-tolerant crops | MAIZE | Scoop.it
WOODLAND, Calif. — The worst U.S. drought in half a century is withering the nation’s corn crop, but it’s a fertile opportunity for makers of genetically modified crops.Agricultural biotechnology companies have been pouring hundreds of millions of...
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Compound Found in Purple Corn May Aid in Developing Future Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes, Kidney Disease

A compound found in purple corn, a relative of the widely known blue corn, may help in developing therapies aimed at Type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.
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Ghana: Sada Introduces Hybrid Maize Variety

Farmers in the West Gonja District have expressed gratitude to the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) for introducing a new hybrid maize variety which the farmers said was a novelty likely to improve their income.

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Argentina to increase corn exports after poor US harvest: FAO - Oil | Platts News Article & Story

Argentina to increase corn exports after poor US harvest: FAO - read this Platts news article and other stories in oil by clicking here. Also discover Platts energy information products related to oil.
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African farmers to access drought resistant maize variety next year - Globaltimes.cn

African farmers to access drought resistant maize variety next year - Globaltimes.cn | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Maize farmers in Africa who have made perennial losses in the past from drought and pests are likely to start making profits, thanks to a research partnership that included national research institutes.
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Tanzania: Weeds Strangling Maize Production

Morogoro — Witch weeds have been listed as the major problem to agriculture sector in the country affecting over 1.7 million tonnes of maize valued at 356 million dollars per year. This was revealed yesterday by the Director of TANSEED International Limited, Mr Isaka Mashauri.

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China's maize crop affected by pests

China's maize crop affected by pests | MAIZE | Scoop.it
China's corn output is forecast to fall below earlier expectations due to a pest infestation—another spur for global prices already soaring over drought in major producer countries.
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Illinois Researcher Confirms Rootworm Resistance To MON Corn Trait

New tests confirm that damage last year to some corn fields in western Illinois was caused by rootworms that have developed resistance to a Monsanto Co. (MON) genetically modified trait, a University of Illinois researcher said.
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