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Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil’s Coffee Cup NPR Recent drought has increased coffee prices, but corn and soybean are expected to impacted as well. Most of Brazil's farmers are small scale and they need access to better and heartier seeds and advice on how to deal with climate change.
We Have No Bananas Today The Economist 95% of banana exports come from a single cultivated variety, the Cavendish. Relying on one variety creates great risk when the plants are attacked by a disease it cannot fight off.
Advocacy Group Urges Caution over Agricultural RNAi GenomeWeb A wave of letters to the Environmental Protection Agency from scientists in both academia and industry are pointing to a large and growing body of evidence on the safety and specificity of RNAi in plants.
Designer Seed Thought to Be Latest Target by Chinese The New York Times China has long been implicated in economic espionage efforts involving aviation technology, paint formulas and financial data. But the agriculture sector is becoming a greater target, something that industry analysts fear could hurt the competitive advantage of farmers and big agriculture alike.
Taking agriculture to a higher level of precision AgriLife TODAY Texas A&M researcher wants to take precision agriculture to another level by developing sensor/computer hardware and software that can determine individual plant status real time, as the tractor automatically transverses the field.
Gene identified may ease the genetic modification of plants Ag Professional A research team has identified a gene that influences susceptibility to infection by Agrobacterium tumefaciens, a bacterium that is used as a tool to insert genes into plants to produce traits such as resistance to pests, diseases or harsh environmental conditions or to improve the nutrition or shelf life of a crop.
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