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Newton Fund call for collaborative research proposals in rice research

The Newton Fund is an initiative intended to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies. It will deliver £375M of funding over the course of five years.   Newton Fund UK-China-Philippines-Thailand-Vietnam call for collaborative research proposals in rice research Deadline for applications: Thursday...
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The Good, the Bad and the (B)ugly - Agri-Tech East Pollinator event on fungi and slugs, 7 Jul 2015, Norwich

Agri-Tech East Pollinator: The Good, the Bad and the (B)ugly 7 July 2015,  Centrum, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UG In this Agri-Tech East Pollinator event we’ll be exploring the split personalities of fungi. Some cause devastating crop diseases (such as the late blight of potatoes, responsible for the Irish Potato Famine), while others help boost plant growth and have...
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Aggressive plant fungus could pose threat to wheat production in UK

The spread of exotic and aggressive strains of a plant fungus is presenting a serious threat to wheat production in the UK, according to research published in Genome Biology . The research uses a new surveillance technique that could be applied internationally to respond to the spread of a wide variety of plant diseases. Wheat is a critical staple and provides 20% of the calories and...
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Breeding invertebrates for next generation biocontrol

Bingo! No, I haven’t just won a prize (unfortunately), but I have just read about a new international research network with the memorable acronym BINGO, standing for Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation biocontrol. The BINGO Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) has been awarded €3.3m from the EU Horizon 2020 programme to bring together researchers from 9 European countries...
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Smart farming technique to boost yields and cut fertiliser pollution

Researchers at Lancaster Univerisity are using X-rays to help farmers increase yields and cut water pollution following an unexpected discovery in a pea and bean crop. Plant and soil scientists hope to combine two new technologies to provide a rapid "same day" measurement of soil phosphorus availability, enabling farmers and growers to make more informed decisions about fertiliser...
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Fighting malnutrition with a ‘stronger’ chickpea

Micronutrient malnutrition affects more than 2 billion people. Researchers working at the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan are seeking long term solutions to help to alleviate the increasing micronutrient malnutrition problem by enriching food grains with essential micronutrients through breeding and appropriate management practices, collectively known as...
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Future air quality could put plants at risk

By combining projections of climate change, emissions reductions and changes in land use across the USA, an international research team estimate that by 2050, cumulative exposure to ozone during the summer will be high enough to damage vegetation. Although the research findings - published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions - focus on the impact in the USA, they...
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Boosting global corn yields depends on improving nutrient balance

Ensuring that corn absorbs the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is crucial to increasing global yields, a Purdue and Kansas State University study finds. A review of data from more than 150 studies from the U.S. and other regions showed that high yields were linked to production systems in which corn plants took up key nutrients at specific ratios - nitrogen and...
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Field study shows why food quality will suffer with rising CO2

For the first time, a field test has demonstrated that elevated levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants' assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the nutritional quality of food crops is at risk as climate change intensifies. Findings from this wheat field-test study, led by a UC Davis plant scientist, will be reported online April 6 in the journal Nature Climate...
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New study highlights key role soil structure plays in water uptake by crops

The increased global consumption of food means that there is an increasing yield gap between crop production and crop usage. To help tackle this issue, a team of scientists from the University of Southampton has used advanced mathematical modelling techniques to understand the precise role soil structure plays in water uptake. Modelling of flow in soil and uptake of water by plants is...
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Zinc sulphate & sugar alcohol zinc sprays improve apple quality

Zinc plays a key role in essential functions such as carbohydrate metabolism, photosynthesis, and sugar and starch synthesis in plants. Apples, one of the world's most popular fruit, tends to be highly susceptible to zinc deficiency. A new study published in HortTechnology has recommended new protocols for using zinc sprays at critical stages on apple trees in order to enhance...
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Why crop rotation works

New research led by scientists at the BBSRC-funded John Innes Centre could help explain the dramatic effect on soil health and yield of crop rotation. Crop rotation has been used since Roman times to improve plant nutrition and to control the spread of disease. A new study to be published in Nature's 'The ISME Journal' reveals the profound effect it has on enriching soil with bacteria,...
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UK’s Agricultural Resilience Strengthened by New Initiative in York

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) and the University of York have announced a new joint venture: an Initiative in Agrifood Resilience. This announcement was made on the same day as the Government launched its new UK Agricultural Technologies Strategy , which sets out how investment will back the technologies of the future allowing our agricultural industries to grow and...
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