181115 Ag startups in Triangle
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Agricultural-focused startups are blossoming in the Triangle

Source: newsobserver.com North Carolina, and the Triangle in particular, has quietly blossomed into a hotbed of startups that are applying cutting-edge technology to agriculture. The state is home to at least 50 entrepreneurial agricultural technology companies, with 28 of those companies based in the Triangle, according to data compiled by …

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041115 GM Foods
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Can SMART biotechnology serve sustainable agriculture?

Source: democratherald.com Wouldn’t it be nice if we could employ biotechnology in agriculture without imposing the risks and provoking the divisiveness that accompany the genetic engineering (GE) of food? What if the “transgenic” GE practice of combining genes from wildly divergent organisms to create what have been dubbed “Frankenfoods” was abandoned, …

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More fish farms needed to make aquaculture sustainable, APEC told

Source: interaksyon.com The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) is putting in place measures to make the world’s fish and marine industry sustainable to help feed a growing global population. Half of the world’s fishery supplies are produced in farms while the other half are still sourced from the sea, Felix …

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Natural fertiliser replaces chemical product; no environmental harm

Source: business-standard.com Agricultural biotechnology company Camson Bio Technologies has discovered a product – natural fertiliser – with capacity to replace existing chemical fertilisers. Discovered in all variants i.e. nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium or NPK, the natural fertiliser is derived from microbial extracts through complete organic means. Thus, natural fertiliser would resolve …

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310715 African Agriculture
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Online database launched to explain sustainable intensification in African agriculture

An guide to sustainable intensification, a practical pathway towards producing more food with less impact on the environment, whilst improving livelihoods and wellbeing has been introduced by Agriculture for Impact, a London-based advocacy initiative based at Imperial College London. The online resource offers policy makers and researchers a balanced and evidence-based breakdown …

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Government intervention in new biotechnical developments often counterproductive

Government guidelines for biotechnology and genetically modified crops often lead to very high investment costs. Source: Wageningen University Reduced levels of product development and concentration in that industry sector then follow, as well as a reordering of research priorities and a tendency for R&D to move to countries where the …

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A farmer fertilizes crops at a rice field at Karang Malang village in Indramayu, Indonesia. Photo:  Antara Foto/Dedhez Anggara
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Back to the future: Scientists want ‘rewilded’ crops to boost agriculture

Important properties of wild plants, including varieties of wheat and rice, have been unintentionally lost during thousands of years of breeding. Scientists should “re-wild” food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study says. Source: …

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Healthier soils will give us – and the planet – a healthier century

The dirt beneath your feet is teeming with life. In any given tablespoon of soil, there may be more than 50 billion microbes – bacteria, fungi, nematodes, mites, and more. Ninety percent of all the organisms on earth live underground. In a handful of healthy soil, there is more biodiversity …

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New wheat breeds can help avert food security disaster

Production must grow 70 percent over 35 years, but wheat breeders involved in the monumental global challenge of ensuring food security for 9.5 billion people by 2050 face enormous hurdles Author: Sanjaya Rajaram Source: CIMMYT Overall, we need to double the amount of food produced to meet demand as population …

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A field of oilseed rape in Perthshire, Scotland. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
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‘Silent revolution’ in biotech farming is overtaking GM, says Greenpeace

The row over genetically modified crops should be a thing of the past because they have failed to live up to their promise, according to Greenpeace, which will publish a report this week highlighting the successes of biotechnology projects it claims are outstripping GM in improving food production around the …

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