Study sheds light on stem cell proliferation that may one day boost crop yields

Alex Whitebrook/ August 3, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

A Purdue University study has uncovered mechanisms that lead to stem cell formation and maintenance in plants. The findings may one day allow scientists to manipulate stem cell production to increase biomass that can be used for biofuels or grain yield in plants like corn and soybeans. In findings reported today in the journal Science, Yun Zhou, an assistant professor in

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UNB student’s tech company combats crop waste in Nigeria

Alex Whitebrook/ August 2, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Damilare Odumosu, CEO and founder of All Farmers Online, is studying at the University of New Brunswick for a master’s degree in technology management and entrepreneurship. (Angela Bosse/CBC)When Damilare Odumosu thought of food waste in his home country of Nigeria, he asked what he could do to make things better. The 25-year-old son of a computer programmer decided to use technology to

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Europe’s heat wave hits record highs hurting crops, animals and prompting wildfires

Alex Whitebrook/ August 1, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The sun sets over the Baltic Sea in Heidekate, northern Germany, on Monday. Parts of Europe are enduring a prolonged period of record-setting high temperatures which are causing droughts and suffocating fish. The heat wave gripping large stretches of Europe has already been blamed for deadly forest fires and crop failures. Now freshwater fish could be the next victims. Some

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The Observer view on Europe’s ban on gene-editing crops

Alex Whitebrook/ July 31, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

We live on a planet where human numbers are expected to swell to more than 11 billion by the end of the century. At the same time, global warming is destined to alter our climate dramatically and, in many regions, erode our ability to feed the burgeoning population. Much will depend on our ability to use advanced scientific techniques, responsibly

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How drones can transform agriculture

Alex Whitebrook/ July 31, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Progressive countries have adopted drones – unmanned aircraft that flies autonomously – for precision agriculture with impressive results, but what exactly can a drone do for the agricultural sector in Africa and Kenya, in particular? Farmers need accurate, precise and up-to-date information on plant health and environmental conditions. \ On the most basic level, drones can give farmers a big

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Space-age tech offers timely crop data relief

Alex Whitebrook/ July 30, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

An ambitious collaboration project to harness space technology and bring sustainable productivity to rice and oil palm farmers in Colombia entered a crucial phase this month with the start of technical training workshops in Cali, the country’s second largest city and Pacific gateway. Fewer than one in ten of Colombian farmers currently have access to technical assistance to help them

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Tarsis Technology collaboration with world-leading crop-protection company

Alex Whitebrook/ July 23, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Frontier IP, which specialises in commercialising university intellectual property, is pleased to announce that portfolio company Tarsis Technology (“Tarsis”), a spin out from the University of Cambridge, has entered into a collaboration agreement with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of crop-protection products (the “Company”). The collaboration will research the use of Tarsis’ patent-pending technology to deliver chemical pesticides and

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Five ways technology is changing the wine we drink

Alex Whitebrook/ July 20, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Winemaking can conjure bucolic images of rolling vineyards and bustling cellar doors, but romance is only one side of this major industry which contributes over A$40 billion to the Australia economy every year. Managing pests and diseases, producing a consistent crop and using water efficiently are just some of the challenges Australian winemakers are facing. The wine industry contributes A$40 billion to

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Battle lines drawn as EU court weighs fate of gene-edited crops

Alex Whitebrook/ July 20, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Gene editing in agriculture takes centre stage next Wednesday when Europe’s highest court rules in a case that could determine the fate of the technology that is already making waves in the field of medicine. The European Union has long restricted the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) widely adopted around the world, but there is legal uncertainty as to

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Roots Sustainable shows its diversity as the world turns to AgTech crop solutions

Alex Whitebrook/ July 19, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Special report: The global population is set to hit 9.5 billion by 2050, but with demand for fresh food and water outstripping supplies in several regions even now, technological intervention is a necessity. Demand for fruit and vegetable production is already outstripping supply in 12 US states, while the demand for “locally sourced” food continues to rise among US consumers, reports analyst

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