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- The New York Times The licensing deal is for a bit of DNA known as the 35-S promoter, which Claude M. Fauquet, director of cassava research at Danforth, said was “like the key to a car — it doesn’t do anything to make the car go, but you can’t start the car without it.”
- Roots & Shoots Bono, obviously taken by the dialogue, asked multiple questions about the Center’s research as it relates to the developing world. The conversation ended with Fregene’s astute observation “Africa needs both technology and social action – we are the technology – you are the social action. We have to work together.”
- Global Post Called the “invisible killer,” chronic malnutrition isn’t necessarily a lack of food but a shortage of the right kind. Faced with insufficient nutrients, especially protein, the body compensates by simply stopping to grow. More importantly, brain capacity and productivity is reduced by as much as 40 percent. That can’t be recouped.
- Salon Consider this: between June 2010 and June 2011, world grain prices almost doubled. In many places on this planet, that proved an unmitigated catastrophe. In those same months, several governments fell, rioting broke out in cities from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to Nairobi, Kenya, and most disturbingly three new wars began in Libya, Yemen, and Syria.
- The Guardian The Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University has estimated that 40% of the US corn crop now goes to make ethanol. But Tyner said the cobs and husks of corn used to make ethanol would go on to be used for animal feed.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch Given the setting - Danforth is a hub of the region's plant science industry - Nixon focused on innovation and education in his 20-minute speech. And he called the room full of local business leaders and politicians to think big about Missouri's economy." We need bold vision and competitive spirit again," he said. "We are competing against the world."
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