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(Mediterranean Agricultural Information Network) Fostering cooperation and experience sharing among the national information systems on agricultural (cereals) markets in the Mediterranean. The network of 13 countries is coordinated by CIHEAM, and more specifically by its Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (MAI) of Montpellier.
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MIDDLE EAST: Organic Farming In The Desert

MIDDLE EAST: Organic Farming In The Desert | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
Technology brings a new dimension to the economic viability argument of organic farming in virgin uncontaminated desert dunes, expediting the certification process and enabling entrepreneurs to derive ROI sooner than later.
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Plant Breeding Innovation Benefits the Entire Wheat Supply Chain

Plant Breeding Innovation Benefits the Entire Wheat Supply Chain | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
By Elizabeth Westendorf, USW Assistant Director of Policy This week, Wageningan University —one of the top agricultural universities in the world, located in the Netherlands —issued a press release about their research on using gene editing to produce “gluten safe” wheat so that individuals with Celiac disease can enjoy wheat products. It is possible to …
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Europe’s wheat not bred to withstand climate change

Europe’s wheat not bred to withstand climate change | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

By Arvin Donley (World Grain), 27/12/2018 — A group of European researchers have found that current breeding programs and cultivar selection practices in Europe do not provide the needed resilience to climate change. The authors state in a paper recently published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) that the response diversity of wheat on farmers’ fields in most European countries has worsened in the past 5 to 15 years, depending on the country. Researchers predict that greater variability and extremeness of local weather conditions will lead to...

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Research looks for solution to wheat, barley rust desease

Research looks for solution to wheat, barley rust desease | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

by Annabelle Hutson, Evergreen contributor, 11 October 2018.

Few know that rust does not only develop on metals, but also develops on plants in the form of disease. Stripe rust affects wheat and barley crops causing serious financial loss for farmers. The disease also affects farmers in other parts of the world as well, said Xianming Chen, the head researcher in plant pathology research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and WSU. Stripe rust is the most important disease in wheat throughout the country and worldwide.

Chen said breeders are working toward creating a wheat that is resistant to the disease, resulting in a higher yield of the crop while maintaining the quality of the grain.

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The wheat code is finally cracked

The wheat code is finally cracked | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

By Haley Ahlers, Kansas State University, 16/08/2018

Kansas State University scientists, in collaboration with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC), published today in the international journal Science a detailed description of the complete genome of bread wheat, the world’s most widely-cultivated crop.

This work authored by more than 200 scientists from 73 research institutions in 20 countries will pave the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate challenges, with higher yields, enhanced nutritional quality and improved sustainability.

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Egyptian innovators design truck to tackle wheat losses (Scidev.net)

Egyptian innovators design truck to tackle wheat losses (Scidev.net) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

During the harvesting season in Egypt, it is common to see grains scattered across routes used by transport vehicles. This is due to bumpy roads, too many bags of wheat stacked on these vehicles, or bad packaging.

A truck designed locally to put an end to wheat losses during transport from fields to storage silos is set for testing in Egypt this summer.

According to the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trading, the wheat lost during transport currently amounts to one-sixth of the local harvest, and was almost half three years ago. The country loses 15 per cent of the grain destined for its silos, costing the government about 2 billion Egyptian pounds (approximately US$1.1 million)...

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South Africa's Government has taken steps to increase local wheat production

South Africa's Government has taken steps to increase local wheat production | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

By Bekezela Phakathi (Business Live), 27/02/2019 - Agricultural Research Council is conducting breeding programmes for the grain, MPs told.

High production costs, fluctuating commodity prices, climate change and outbreaks of pests and diseases have caused a significant drop in wheat production in SA.

Wheat is the second-most important grain crop produced in SA after maize. However, local production averages 2.3-million tons, far below the levels of consumption. To meet demand, SA imports about 1.7-million tons of wheat annually.

The department of agriculture, forestry & fisheries is concerned about the low levels of local wheat production.

The department “supports wheat producers with technical advice, which includes [that about] cultivar choice, production site selection, soil preparation, cultivation practices, pest and disease control measures, harvesting, as well as post-harvest practices”, agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana said in a written reply to a question from African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Cheryllyn Dudley.

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Canada to invest USD 39.3 millionin crop research

UkrAgroConsulting, 17/01/2019 - Canada government, with the aim to drive innovation and discovery in wheat, barley, varied field crops and soybeans over the next 5 years, has announced funding of C$39.3 million.
The financial support for the 4 science clusters is part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and comprises industry contributions worth C$28.4 million for a total of C$67.7 million.
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay said, “Demand for our field crops continues to grow and these investments in innovation and research will help in positioning the cultivators to grow top quality products sustainably, while meeting customer demands at home as well as abroad for years to come”.

The Barley Cluster (C$6.3 million) intends to improve output in the science and technology of using barley for food and boost disease resistance. The Barley Council of Canada will lead the cluster.

Brian Otto of Barley Council of Canada said, “Ongoing investment in barley research and innovation to improve varieties, production practices and utilization is very important to the continued sustainability and productivity of the barley value chain”.
On the other hand, the Diverse Field Crop Cluster (C$13.7 million) emphasizes upon - variety development, production agronomy, crop protection and value-added practices to maintain diverse crop growth.

The Ag-West Bio Inc will lead the cluster. Ag-West Bio director of corporate initiatives, Mike Cey said, “Crop diversity is important for keeping Canada’s agricultural ecosystem fit and productive”. He said “The Diverse Field Crops Cluster research will develop these high-potential crops and the markets to go with them. Growers will have more high-value crops to pick from. The Cluster will also deliver economic and environmental benefits for Canada.”
The Wheat Cluster (C$13.9 million) plans to provide higher-yielding wheat varieties to the producers and to build up the next generation of Fusarium Head Blight resistant varieties. Canadian Wheat Research Coalition will lead it.

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The carbon sequestration dilemma in rice soils

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By Pauline Chivenge and Bjoern Ole Sander (Rice Today), 10/12/2018.

Is it possible to sequester carbon in rice soils while reducing greenhouse gas emissions? What are the trade-offs and synergies between soil organic carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions?

Soil organic carbon is an important component of the global carbon cycle as it constitutes the largest pool of terrestrial carbon, which is approximately two and three times that in the atmosphere and vegetation, respectively. Intensive cropping systems are typically depleted of soil organic carbon, containing 25-75% of that in natural ecosystems. Hence, there is vast potential and need to increase storage, i.e., the sequestration of carbon, in these systems through the implementation of best-fit management practices depending on local conditions.

The sequestration of carbon in soils is generally considered a win-win situation because it mitigates greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Additionally, soil organic carbon is a measure of soil quality and gives an indication of sustainability in cropping systems. Soil organic carbon is a major component of soil organic matter, which is important for the supply of plant nutrients.

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Grain and Cereal Crop Market Size Projected to Rise Lucratively during 2018 to 2027 – Tactical Business

Grain and Cereal Crop Market Size Projected to Rise Lucratively during 2018 to 2027 – Tactical Business | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

 

by Abhishek Budholiya (The Tactical Business), 03/10/2018

The global market for grain and cereal crop market has been expanding at a robust rate because of several government initiatives to improve the quality of food products. Not only has the market for grain and cereal crops expanded in size but has also undergone key improvements in the quality of its products. The demand within the global grain and cereal crops has risen on account of the health benefits served by these crops to the masses. Furthermore, several packaged as well as non-packaged food products are now added with processed grains or cereals to enhance the nutritional value of the food. Owing to these reasons, it is safe to estimate that the demand within the global market for grain and cereal crops would increase by leaps and bounds.

 

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Un salon national de l'agriculture et de l'innovation à Tizi-Ouzou

Un salon national de l'agriculture et de l'innovation à Tizi-Ouzou | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Par Maghreb Emergent, 07/08/2018

Un premier salon national de l’agriculture et de l’innovation se tiendra du 1er au 3 octobre prochain dans la wilaya de Tizi-Ouzou, a-t-on appris mardi auprès de la chambre locale d’agriculture (CAW), organisatrice de l’événement.

L’objectif principal visé par ce salon est la modernisation de l’activité agricole et l’amélioration des rendements, grâce à l’innovation et au recours aux nouvelles techniques de production, d’économie des ressources, de management entre autres a indiqué à l’APS, le commissaire de ce salon et membre de la CAW, Abdelghani Benali. L’idée est de créer des passerelles entre les agriculteurs et l’université pour profiter des travaux de recherche de cette institution productrice d’innovation.

Des communications traiteront de thématiques liées à l’économie de l’eau et à l’énergie, le management et les nouvelles méthodes de gestion des exploitations agricoles pour produire plus et à moindre coût et faire des bénéfices pour les producteurs et toute la chaîne de valeur.

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