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St. Louis Business Journal
“These grants help expand our program by supporting additional interns to engage in an international research environment with a diverse set of research areas,” Hicks said in a statement. “Our program hosts students from universities across the nation to gain hands-on experience in the lab and learn the use of a variety of technologies for research.”
Agricultural experts worry that Africa's soil problems are heading towards a crisis. “The future picture is dire,” says Dennis Garrity, chief executive of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), headquartered in Nairobi. “Producing more food for a growing population in the coming decades, while at the same time combating poverty and hunger, is a huge challenge facing African agriculture.”
R & D magazine
"Drying soil may cause a plant's cells to reach turgor loss point, and the plant will be faced with the choice of either closing its stomata and risking starvation or photosynthesizing with wilted leaves and risking damaging its cell walls and metabolic proteins," Sack said. "To be more drought-tolerant, the plant needs to change its turgor loss point so that its cells will be able to keep their turgor even when soil is dry."
The Wall Street Journal
Africa's farmers must do better. The population of our continent continues to grow, but our ability to produce food remains stuck in the past. Experts say that global food production has to double by 2050 to meet demand, yet here in Africa, the average yield of grain crops hasn't increased since the 1960s.
St. Louis Beacon
“They had no other choice,” said Walshok, an associate vice chancellor of the University of California-San Diego. “We didn’t have Monsanto. We didn’t have Ralston Purina. We didn’t have McDonnell Douglas. We didn’t have General Motors. We didn’t have big companies that created jobs and created wealth.” So, they made them.
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Fungi and fungilike organisms called oomycetes can cause significant losses to rice, wheat, maize, potatoes and soybeans, according to the researchers who write that the problems "vary regionally but pose a current and growing threat to food security."
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