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  1. Unapproved GMO Wheat Found in MontanaUnregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the U.S., this time in Montana, the Agriculture Department says. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the discovery of unapproved varieties can pose a potential threat to U.S. trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods.USDA says that the incident is on a smaller scale than a similar finding in Oregon last year that prompted several Asian countries to temporarily ban U.S. wheat imports.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/09/unapproved-gmo-wheat-found-montana

    Unapproved GMO Wheat Found in Montana

    Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the U.S., this time in Montana, the Agriculture Department says. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the discovery of unapproved varieties can pose a potential threat to U.S. trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods.

    USDA says that the incident is on a smaller scale than a similar finding in Oregon last year that prompted several Asian countries to temporarily ban U.S. wheat imports.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/09/unapproved-gmo-wheat-found-montana

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  3. Wasps Are SWAT Team in War on Crop KillerThey are the size of a pinhead and don’t even pack a sting, but tiny wasps are cold-blooded killers nonetheless. They work as nature’s SWAT team, neutralizing a pest that threatens to destroy one of the developing world’s most important staple foods: cassava.The wasps are being released in Indonesia, the latest country threatened by the mealybug. It’s a chalky white insect shaped like a pill that’s been making its way across Southeast Asia’s fields for the past six years. The pest first appeared in Indonesia in 2010. Bogor on the outskirts of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta was ground zero.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/09/wasps-are-swat-team-war-crop-killer

    Wasps Are SWAT Team in War on Crop Killer

    They are the size of a pinhead and don’t even pack a sting, but tiny wasps are cold-blooded killers nonetheless. They work as nature’s SWAT team, neutralizing a pest that threatens to destroy one of the developing world’s most important staple foods: cassava.

    The wasps are being released in Indonesia, the latest country threatened by the mealybug. It’s a chalky white insect shaped like a pill that’s been making its way across Southeast Asia’s fields for the past six years. The pest first appeared in Indonesia in 2010. Bogor on the outskirts of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta was ground zero.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/09/wasps-are-swat-team-war-crop-killer

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  5. X-ray Vision Puts Plants, Dirt on World StageA multidisciplinary team of scientists at The Univ. of Nottingham are using some of the most advanced X-ray micro Computed Tomography (CT) scanners to learn how to design plant roots so they can interact better with soil and capture water and nutrients more efficiently. This non-invasive technology will help Nottingham unearth some of the answers to one of the biggest challenges facing the world today — global food security.Malcolm Bennett, professor of plant sciences, says, “For the first time in 10,000 years of plant breeding, we can see a plant’s root architecture directly in the soil, as it is in the field, and use this information to select the most efficient varieties for farmers to grow.”Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/09/x-ray-vision-puts-plants-dirt-world-stage

    X-ray Vision Puts Plants, Dirt on World Stage

    A multidisciplinary team of scientists at The Univ. of Nottingham are using some of the most advanced X-ray micro Computed Tomography (CT) scanners to learn how to design plant roots so they can interact better with soil and capture water and nutrients more efficiently. This non-invasive technology will help Nottingham unearth some of the answers to one of the biggest challenges facing the world today — global food security.

    Malcolm Bennett, professor of plant sciences, says, “For the first time in 10,000 years of plant breeding, we can see a plant’s root architecture directly in the soil, as it is in the field, and use this information to select the most efficient varieties for farmers to grow.”

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/09/x-ray-vision-puts-plants-dirt-world-stage

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  7. Corn Yields Depend on Nutrient BalanceEnsuring that corn absorbs the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is crucial to increasing global yields, a Purdue and Kansas State Univ. 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 phosphorus at a ratio of five to one and nitrogen and potassium at a ratio of one to one. These nutrient uptake ratios were associated with high yields regardless of the region where the corn was grown.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/09/corn-yields-depend-nutrient-balance

    Corn Yields Depend on 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 Univ. 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 phosphorus at a ratio of five to one and nitrogen and potassium at a ratio of one to one. These nutrient uptake ratios were associated with high yields regardless of the region where the corn was grown.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/09/corn-yields-depend-nutrient-balance

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  9. GM Paranoia Hinders China’s Ability to Feed ItselfOne of China’s major genetically modified food projects is now to all intents and purposes dead and buried. The expiry on August 17 of the biosafety certificates issued to strains of GM rice developed in the labs of Huazhong Agricultural Univ. signals a major blow to the fight to establish GM food in China.The contrast with the rest of the world could hardly be starker. In the UK, for instance, the country’s first genetically modified crops are almost ready for harvesting following a landmark trial. The production of a unique crop of “false flax” camelina – one spliced with genes capable of producing omega-3 fatty acids normally found only in fish – has been hailed as a milestone in the country’s journey towards the creation of GM food.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/gm-paranoia-hinders-chinas-ability-feed-itself

    GM Paranoia Hinders China’s Ability to Feed Itself

    One of China’s major genetically modified food projects is now to all intents and purposes dead and buried. The expiry on August 17 of the biosafety certificates issued to strains of GM rice developed in the labs of Huazhong Agricultural Univ. signals a major blow to the fight to establish GM food in China.

    The contrast with the rest of the world could hardly be starker. In the UK, for instance, the country’s first genetically modified crops are almost ready for harvesting following a landmark trial. The production of a unique crop of “false flax” camelina – one spliced with genes capable of producing omega-3 fatty acids normally found only in fish – has been hailed as a milestone in the country’s journey towards the creation of GM food.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/gm-paranoia-hinders-chinas-ability-feed-itself

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  11. Model Predicts Performance of Hybrid RiceGenomic prediction, a new field of quantitative genetics, is a statistical approach to predicting the value of an economically important trait in a plant, such as yield or disease resistance. The method works if the trait is heritable, as many traits tend to be, and can be performed early in the life cycle of the plant, helping reduce costs.Now, a research team led by plant geneticists at UC Riverside and Huazhong Agricultural Univ. has used the method to predict the performance of hybrid rice — the yield, growth-rate and disease resistance. The new technology could potentially revolutionize hybrid breeding in agriculture.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/model-predicts-performance-hybrid-rice

    Model Predicts Performance of Hybrid Rice

    Genomic prediction, a new field of quantitative genetics, is a statistical approach to predicting the value of an economically important trait in a plant, such as yield or disease resistance. The method works if the trait is heritable, as many traits tend to be, and can be performed early in the life cycle of the plant, helping reduce costs.

    Now, a research team led by plant geneticists at UC Riverside and Huazhong Agricultural Univ. has used the method to predict the performance of hybrid rice — the yield, growth-rate and disease resistance. The new technology could potentially revolutionize hybrid breeding in agriculture.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/model-predicts-performance-hybrid-rice

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  13. Kellogg Aims for Green Supply ChainKellogg announced today that it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.Under the plan, the Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer will require key suppliers such as farms and mills to measure and publicly disclose their greenhouse gas outputs and targets for reducing them. The company said it will report annually on those emissions and include climate and deforestation policies in the company’s code of conduct for suppliers.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/kellogg-aims-green-supply-chain

    Kellogg Aims for Green Supply Chain

    Kellogg announced today that it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.

    Under the plan, the Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer will require key suppliers such as farms and mills to measure and publicly disclose their greenhouse gas outputs and targets for reducing them. The company said it will report annually on those emissions and include climate and deforestation policies in the company’s code of conduct for suppliers.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/kellogg-aims-green-supply-chain

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  15. Abundant Corn, Soybean Crops ExpectedThe federal government expects Indiana and the nation to grow bumper crops of corn and soybeans for the second consecutive year, adding to already adequate supplies but further holding down prices farmers will get for their productivity.Both total production and average yields per acre nationally for corn and soybeans could set records, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/abundant-corn-soybean-crops-expected

    Abundant Corn, Soybean Crops Expected

    The federal government expects Indiana and the nation to grow bumper crops of corn and soybeans for the second consecutive year, adding to already adequate supplies but further holding down prices farmers will get for their productivity.

    Both total production and average yields per acre nationally for corn and soybeans could set records, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/abundant-corn-soybean-crops-expected

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  17. Companies Demand Sustainability from FarmersSome big food makers are getting serious about making sure farmers grow crops in ways that minimize damage to water, soil and the environment, according to a report released this week that calls for more companies to demand sustainable supplies.Companies including Walmart, Coca-Cola, General Mills and Unilever have taken steps to work with suppliers on environmental improvements, the report says, but adds that measurable goals and firm deadlines are necessary to make real improvements.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/06/companies-demand-sustainability-farmers

    Companies Demand Sustainability from Farmers

    Some big food makers are getting serious about making sure farmers grow crops in ways that minimize damage to water, soil and the environment, according to a report released this week that calls for more companies to demand sustainable supplies.

    Companies including Walmart, Coca-Cola, General Mills and Unilever have taken steps to work with suppliers on environmental improvements, the report says, but adds that measurable goals and firm deadlines are necessary to make real improvements.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/06/companies-demand-sustainability-farmers

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  19. Drones Let Farmers See Crop Progress from Above

    This growing season, crop researchers at the Univ. of Illinois are experimenting with the use of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – on the university’s South Farms.

    Dennis Bowman, a crop sciences educator with U. of I. Extension, is using two drones to take aerial pictures of crops growing in research plots on the farms.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/videos/2014/06/drones-let-farmers-see-crop-progress-above

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  21. Yellow Solution for Green FertilizerThe next time you visit the bathroom, consider the valuable resources you’re flushing away.“Urine contains all the essential components for plant growth, such as phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium,” says the Univ. of Technology, Sydney’s Dena Fam. “Yet our sewers carry these nutrients essential for agricultural production away from our urban centers and discharge them into waterways where they have the potential to negatively impact aquatic ecosystems.”Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/06/yellow-solution-green-fertilizer

    Yellow Solution for Green Fertilizer

    The next time you visit the bathroom, consider the valuable resources you’re flushing away.

    “Urine contains all the essential components for plant growth, such as phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium,” says the Univ. of Technology, Sydney’s Dena Fam. “Yet our sewers carry these nutrients essential for agricultural production away from our urban centers and discharge them into waterways where they have the potential to negatively impact aquatic ecosystems.”

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/06/yellow-solution-green-fertilizer

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  23. Oregon Counties Ban GM Crops

    Residents of southern Oregon’s agriculture-heavy Rogue Valley have voted to ban genetically modified crops from the area, setting up the next stage of a fight that has gained widespread attention.

    Companies that genetically engineer seeds— including biotech giants Sygenta, Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer — spent about $900,000 on their failed campaign.

    Those that wanted to do away with so-called GMOs — including organic farmers and environmentally friendly soap-maker Bronner’s — spent about $400,000.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/05/oregon-counties-ban-gm-crops

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  25. Fungus May Drive Up Coffee PricesThe U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down the price of your morning cup.At issue is a fungus called coffee rust that has caused more than $1 billion in damage across Latin American region. The fungus is especially deadly to Arabica coffee, the bean that makes up most high-end, specialty coffees. Already, it is affecting the price of some of those coffees in the U.S.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/05/fungus-may-drive-coffee-prices

    Fungus May Drive Up Coffee Prices

    The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down the price of your morning cup.

    At issue is a fungus called coffee rust that has caused more than $1 billion in damage across Latin American region. The fungus is especially deadly to Arabica coffee, the bean that makes up most high-end, specialty coffees. Already, it is affecting the price of some of those coffees in the U.S.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/05/fungus-may-drive-coffee-prices

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  27. Rising CO2 Threatens Human NutritionAt the elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 anticipated by around 2050, crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced concentrations of those nutrients, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Given that an estimated two billion people suffer from zinc and iron deficiencies, resulting in a loss of 63 million life years annually from malnutrition, the reduction in these nutrients represents the most significant health threat ever shown to be associated with climate change.“This study is the first to resolve the question of whether rising CO2 concentrations — which have been increasing steadily since the Industrial Revolution —threaten human nutrition,” says Samuel Myers, research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH and the study’s lead author.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/05/rising-co2-threatens-human-nutrition

    Rising CO2 Threatens Human Nutrition

    At the elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 anticipated by around 2050, crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced concentrations of those nutrients, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Given that an estimated two billion people suffer from zinc and iron deficiencies, resulting in a loss of 63 million life years annually from malnutrition, the reduction in these nutrients represents the most significant health threat ever shown to be associated with climate change.

    “This study is the first to resolve the question of whether rising CO2 concentrations — which have been increasing steadily since the Industrial Revolution —threaten human nutrition,” says Samuel Myers, research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH and the study’s lead author.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/05/rising-co2-threatens-human-nutrition

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  29. Farms Must Report Pig InfectionsThe federal government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the U.S. last year.The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, believed to be from China, causes severe diarrhea in newborn piglets, who die from dehydration.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/farms-must-report-pig-infections

    Farms Must Report Pig Infections

    The federal government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the U.S. last year.

    The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, believed to be from China, causes severe diarrhea in newborn piglets, who die from dehydration.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/farms-must-report-pig-infections

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