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£13m 'Engineering for Agrifood' Funding Competition – Two successful Consortia Building Workshops

The Technology Strategy Board and partners are offering up to £13m for businesses to develop engineering solutions across the agri-food supply chain. Project proposals must be business-led and collaborative. The focus of the competition will be to attract business-led projects which will: Enhance efficiency in use of resources in crop, livestock (including aquaculture) and food...
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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 3 genes responsible for rice sterility are identified.

A new study from two universities of China showed that a system of three genes prevents hybrid rice from reproducing or the inability of hybrid rice to pass their genes on to the next generation. The model presented suggests how much hybrid sterility is maintained across rice species and it may lead to a genetic improvement of rice as food stock. When two different species mate, like...
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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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Increasing pest storehouse among cash crops increases pest defence.

Agricultural Research Service’s – ARS - Researchers Use "Banker Plants" to Help Battle Whitefly Pests . ARS is USDA's principal intramural scientific research agency, and this research supports the USDA priority of promoting international food security. Entomologists at ARS showed how the use of ‘banker plants’ improves the effectiveness of...
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The identification of 5 new Plant Activator Compounds will help to protect crops without decreasing yield.

Like animals, plants activate their innate immune system upon recognition of pathogens. Plant activators, compounds that activate a plant's immune system in response to invasion by pathogens, play a crucial role in crop survival by triggering a range of immune responses. Their advantage compared to pesticides is that Plant Activators aren’t pathogen specific. Yet, they have a key...
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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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