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AHDB call for applications for Postgraduate Studentship projects

For full details, please visit the following page of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) website - and the text below was also taken from this website: http://www.ahdb.org.uk/vacancies/PhDStudentships.aspx   Applications are now being sought from universities and research institutes for the AHDB studentship programme for projects starting in...
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The plant gene that acts as first line of defense against pest is identified.

Most plants on their surface have hairs named as Trichomes. In these trichomes is where plants synthesize and store or secrete a diverse set of specialized metabolites. Trichomes of some plants, especially within the Solanaceae, secrete beneficial sugars called acyl sugars that can account for up to 20% of the leaf dry weight. The role of acyl sugars in defense against insect herbivores and...
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New Biological Control of insect crop pest supports global food security.

Collaborative research study between Lancaster University, University of Greenwich and Tanzania (EcoAgriConsult Ltd.) find new biopesticide to control armyworms and other insect crop pests around the globe. Wolbachia are common vertically transmitted endosymbiotic bacteria found in < 70% of insect species. This intra-cellular bacterium has taken centre-stage recently because...
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Bt-cotton helps to Increase Biodiversity.

Last months several publications had shown how the use of Bt-crops do not harm the species that interact with them, but a new study demonstrate that its ecological effects are extended since they can promote biocontrol services in agricultural landscapes. This month Nature had published a report from Chinese researches where they demonstrate that the use for the last 16 years of...
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