LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
Scientists warn disease threatens some of Scotland’s favourite potatoes
Scotland’s favourite potatoes are under threat as experts warn Maris Piper and King Edward potatoes could soon be impossible to grow.
As sugar demand falls, gene editing could ‘reinvent’ sugarcane as green energy
Sugar has long been a source of energy for people, but now scientists believe they are close to unlocking its DNA secrets and harnessing its potential as a green fuel.
Disappearing rice fields threaten more global warming
All over China, a huge change has been taking place without any of us noticing. Rice paddies have been (and are being) converted at an astonishing rate into aquaculture ponds to produce more protein for the worlds growing populations. This change risks creating an unexpected impact on global warming.
Virus lurking inside banana genome has been destroyed with CRISPR
An Australian team has already genetically engineered the Cavendish banana variety to make it resistant by adding a gene from a wild banana.
ASF: impact on Chinese meat consumption
AHDB Pork established that the volume of pig meat that could relatively easily be shipped to China falls short of the supply gap likely to open up this year. The organisation is now discussing how Chinese consumption of pork and other meats may be affected as a result.
Rapid gene cloning technique to transform crop disease protection
Researchers have pioneered a new method which allows them to rapidly recruit disease resistance genes from wild plants and transfer them into domestic crops.
£1m study into dairy herd lameness
Scottish researchers are leading a £1 million study to find out the causes of lameness in dairy cows.
The three-year study will be led by Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC, working with Liverpool University and the Royal Veterinary College in London.
New title featured in PrecisionAg.com
Dr Paul Miller's study, “Spray technologies in precision agriculture,” has been featured in PrecisionAg.com
Dr. Miller's study is in our recently released title, 'Precision Agriculture for Sustainability', which is edited by Dr John Stafford.
Our title, 'Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas', has been featured in an article in Fresh Plaza.
The article interviews contributing author, Frits Popma, discussing his expertise and the chapter he wrote for our book.
Researchers developing potatoes resistant to disease and climate change
Scientists from the International Potato Center (CIP) are using wild potatoes to develop climate-resilient varieties. These potatoes are tolerant to heat and drought and resistant to late blight and bacterial wilt, the most important diseases of the tuber.
Scientists use gene editing to save cocoa plants
With the effects of climate change and cocoa’s susceptibility to diseases, a world without chocolate could become a reality unless measures are taken now, according to scientists at the University of California.
New egg centre opens combining production and research
The first centre of its kind has been opened in the United Kingdom, combining commercial egg production with research and education.
Key gene find could enable development of disease-resistant crops
Discovery of a gene that helps plants control their response to disease could aid efforts to develop crops that are resistant to infection, research suggests.
Mango peel could help clean up oil contamination, research finds
University of South Australia researcher Biruck Desalegn Yirsaw has proven an extract of the fruit’s peel can be used to “synthesise” the material that can break down contaminated soil.
Virus-resistant pigs to vastly improve global animal health
Researchers at the University of Missouri have successfully produced a litter of pigs that are genetically resistant to a deadly porcine virus.
Antibiotic-free treatment of dairy cows underway
Researchers at PanaMast are developing breakthrough technology for the dairy industry that's effective against all tested bacteria.
Pioneering biologists create a new crop through genome editing
For the first time, researchers from Brazil, the U.S. and Germany have created a new crop from a wild plant within a single generation using CRISPR-Cas9, a modern genome editing process.
Blue-green algae promises to boost food crop yields
Scientists at ANU have engineered tiny carbon-capturing engines from blue-green algae into plants, in a breakthrough that promises to help boost the yields of important food crops such as wheat, cowpeas and cassava.
Scientists develop way of saving Britain's disappearing chalk grasslands
A three-year experiment by ecologists on Salisbury Plain, home of Britain's iconic Stonehenge, has found a new method of saving Britain's iconic grasslands from disappearing.
Pests to eat more crops in warmer world
Researchers at the University of Washington have predicted that insects will be at the heart of worldwide crop losses as the climate warms up.
Agriculture gearing up for 'fourth industrial revolution'
The agricultural industry is gearing up for the "fourth industrial revolution", where machines will be replacing humans in "thinking" as well as "doing" roles.
Scientists identify TR4-resistant bananas
Scientists at Wageningen University & Research have revealed they are closer than ever to developing fruit that is immune to TR4, a strain of the fungal disease fusarium wilt.
There are many 'ifs,' but the discovery of corn that fertilizes itself could transform agriculture
A group of researchers in the USA believe a variety of corn grown in South Mexico could ultimately transform the way the largest crop in America and the world is grown.
China steps up surveillance after African swine fever outbreaks
The Chinese authorities are undertaking a major surveillance programme following the confirmation of two African swine fever (ASF) cases in different parts of the country.
The wheat code is finally cracked
Today in the international journal Science, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) published a detailed description of the genome of bread wheat, the world's most widely cultivated crop.
Smart farms powered by new technologies to boost global dairy output
The application of new technology has transformed dairy farms into smart farms, giving the dairy sector a much needed boost.
Key gene to accelerate sugarcane growth is identified
Researchers have developed a sugarcane line with the ScGAI gene expression silenced. The modification resulted in an adequate phenotype for use in 2G ethanol production, featuring a bigger culm and more biomass.
Newcastle Disease threat raised to ‘medium’
Government officials have raised the risk level for Newcastle Disease in the UK to ‘medium’ following more confirmed cases of the virus on the European continent.