April 2019

A 14-post collection

Adoption of GM Crops is a key to safe food production

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are organisms that have been altered using genetic engineering methods. Today’s GMO crops are developed with specific benefits in mind, both for the farmers and the consumers. Although genetic engineering is a common and essential practice in biotechnology, its specific use in crops is still »

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Lactose intolerance is often confused with milk allergies. Lactose intolerance is not an allergic reaction to dairy foods. Rather it is the inability to digest the milk sugar lactose. Lactose-free milk and yoghurt are good alternatives to drinking milk for people that are lactose intolerant. Aged cheeses such as Cheddar »

Believe it or not

• Regular whole milk contains less than 4% fat. The fat in milk is actually cream – that’s why it is sometimes called full cream milk. • Goat’s milk contains more butterfat than cow’s milk. • During early explorations of our planet, sailing ships maintained goats aboard to provide sailors with »

Old for New: Using Ancient Genetic Variation to Supercharge Wheat

Wheat is responsible for half of global calories consumed either directly or as animal feed and we need to make a lot more of it in the coming decades. Now, an important paper marks a step change in how breeders might approach wheat breeding using previously untapped sources of variation »

New Gene Essential for Making Ears of Corn

A team of scientists led by University of Missouri maize geneticist Paula McSteen has identified a gene essential for forming the ears in corn. The new research, which appears in the journal Molecular Plant, extends the growing biological understanding of how different parts of corn plants develop, which is important »

Drought-Resistant Maize Crops

Maize is a staple crop that came from humble beginnings. If you look at its wild ancestor, teosinte, the plant looks nearly unrecognizable. Human selection has persuaded the maize plant to grow in a way that produces higher yields and can be more efficiently harvested. But scientists and farmers are »

Helping Dairy Farms reduce Nitrogen, save Money

The Chesapeake Bay -- about 235 miles down the Susquehanna River from New York's Southern Tier -- and other waterways might grow cleaner, thanks to new updates and improvements in a Cornell dairy nutrition model. The Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System (CNCPS) is a model that helps farmers determine »

Global Warming Disrupts Recovery of Coral Reefs

The damage caused to the Great Barrier Reef by global warming has compromised the capacity of its corals to recover, according to new research published today in Nature. "Dead corals don't make babies," said lead author Professor Terry Hughes, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies »

New Plant Breeding Technologies for Food Security

An international team, including researchers from the University of Göttingen, argues in a perspective article recently published in Science that new plant breeding technologies can contribute significantly to food security and sustainable development. Genome editing techniques in particular, such as CRISPR/Cas, could help to make agriculture more productive and »

ACI and PSTU signed MoU for Fosholi

Advanced Chemical Industries Ltd( ACI), the leading aggregator of agri inputs in Bangladesh and Patuakhali Science and Technology university(PSTU), one of the most prominent science and technology schools in Bangladesh signed an MoU that would pave the way for the two parties to engage in collaborative measures in many »