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Agri-food training courses, including Genetics and Genomics in Agriculture

The Advanced Training Partnership for Sustainable and Efficient Food Production is offering several training courses in March 2014: ·  Agriculture and Society  -  looks at the ever-changing dynamics between producers and consumers - 6 th  & 7 th  March at  Bangor University   http://www.atp-pasture.org.uk/en/calendar/agriculture-and-society-workshop...
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'Designer sperm' inserts custom genes into offspring

New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that altering genes in sperm and then inducing fertilization, produces new genes that are present and active in the embryos and inherited to at least the third generation.  The "new genetics" promises to change faulty genes of future generations by introducing new, functioning genes using "designer sperm." A new research report appearing...
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Duck genome provides new insight into fighting bird flu

The duck genome consortium, which includes scientists from China Agricultural University, BGI, University of Edinburgh and other institutes, has completed the genome sequencing and analysis of the duck ( Anas platyrhynchos ), a principal natural host of influenza A viruses. The new H7N9 bird flu strain has killed 36 people and caused $6.5 billion loss to China’s...
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Small but speedy: Short plants live in the evolutionary fast lane

Biologists have known for a long time that some creatures evolve more quickly than others. Exactly why isn't well understood, particularly for plants. But it may be that height plays a role, says Robert Lanfear of Australian National University and the U. S. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. In a study to be published 21 May in the journal   Nature Communications ,...
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Do potatoes grow on vines? A review of the wild relatives of some favorite food plants

A new extensive study offers a complete revision and a new species from the vining Solanum species (the Dulcamaroid clade). The Solanaceae, also called the potato or nightshade family, includes a wide range of flowering plants, some of which are important agricultural crops. Tomatoes, potatoes, aubergines, peppers and wolfberries are all representatives of the family present on many...
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Germination-inhibiting gene identified in lettuce

The cultivated lettuce tends to flower in spring or early summer,and  then drop its seeds which lie dormant on the soil whilst temperatures are high, only germinating once the temperature has dropped. This built-in dormancy protects the young plants from the risk of drying out in hot weather, but is a hindrance to commercial growers in hot regions. In newly published work, a team...
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