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Expression of OsMYB55 in maize activates stress-responsive genes and enhances heat and drought tolerance

Plant response mechanisms to heat and drought stresses have been considered in strategies for generating stress tolerant genotypes, but with limited success.

Gene duplication confers enhanced expression of 27-kDa γ-zein for endosperm modification in quality protein maize

More than half a century ago, Oliver Nelson and Edwin Mertz at Purdue University found the maize opaque2 (o2) mutation produces doubling of the endosperm lysine content, creating the foundation for quality protein maize (QPM) breeding.

The role of silicon in enhancing resistance to bacterial blight of hydroponic- and soil-cultured rice

Here we report for the first time that bacterial blight of rice can be alleviated by silicon (Si) added. In both inoculated and uninoculated plants, shoot dry weight was significantly higher in the +Si plants than in the -Si plants.

Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering Calls for Resumption of Bt Eggplant Research

In a statement, the Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE) expressed strong support for the continuation of research and development and field testing of Bt eggplant in the Philippines

University Illinois Scientist Identifies Mechanism for Herbicide Resistance in Palmer Amaranth

A new study co-authored by University of Illinois weed scientist Patrick Tranel shows that Palmer amaranth populations from Arkansas are now resistant to a class of herbicides known as PPO-inhibitors (PPOs).

DEFRA Approves The Sainsbury Laboratory`s Application for Potato Field Trials

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has approved The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL), Norwich's application to conduct field trials of GM potato crops on a designated trial site at the Norwich Research Park between 2016 and 2020.

Scientists Crack Complete Genome of Carrot

A team of scientists led by Phil Simon from the University of Wisconsin–Madison cracked the complete genetic code of carrot, which is published in Nature Genetics. The carrot genome has over 32,000 genes arranged among nine chromosomes, which code for pest and disease resistance, colorful carotenoids, and other traits.

New initiative to help Sorghum and Millet farmers increase their yields in spite of high temperatures and low rainfall

ICRISAT Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (May 11, 2016). A dryland cereals improvement project ‘HOPE Phase 2’ aimed at improving productivity of sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet will be launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the Harmony Hotel on May 11, 2016.

Researchers Discover Plant Mechanism that Regulates Flowering in Warm Temperatures

Monash University researchers have discovered a new mechanism that allows plants to regulate their flowering as temperatures rise. The team, led by Monash Associate Professor Sureshkumar Balasubramanian, made the discovery by using a combination of genetic, molecular and computational biology experiments to the flowering plant Arabidopsis.

Europe and Central Asia set sights on better nutrition, sustainable agriculture

FAO 4 May 2016, Antalya, Turkey - Having made major strides in reducing the prevalence of hunger, many countries in Europe and Central Asia are now looking to improve the quality of people's diets and transform their food systems in order to adapt to climate change, optimize the use of natural resources, and cut waste.

First Vietnamese bananas reach Japanese supermarkets

On April 30, the first Vietnamese bananas appeared on the shelves of the Japanese discount chain Don Quijote. Nguyễn Trung Dũng, a representative of the Vietnamese Embassy’s Trade Office in Japan, said about 15 tonnes of bananas exported by the Huy Long An company were sold at over 10 Don Quijote stores in Tokyo and nearby Saitama and Chiba prefectures.

Genetic diversity and population structure of Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.): synopsis of the past two decades of analysis and implications for crop improvement programmes

For breeding systems, high genetic diversity and low heterozygosity have been reported across the germplasm analysed in this highly cleistogamous species.

Allelic diversity of newly characterized submergence-tolerant rice (Oryza sativa L.) germplasm from Bangladesh

Submergence is the most important abiotic stress in the rainfed lowland rice ecosystem.

Combined linkage and association mapping identifies a major QTL (qRtsc8-1), conferring tar spot complex resistance in maize

A major QTL ( qRtsc8 - 1 ) conditioning resistance to tar spot complex of maize and occurring at a frequency of 3.5 % across 890 maize inbred lines

FaRXf1: a locus conferring resistance to angular leaf spot caused by Xanthomonas fragariae in octoploid strawberry

Angular leaf spot is a devastating bacterial disease of strawberry. Resistance from two wild accessions is highly heritable and controlled by a major locus on linkage group 6D

Expression of OsMYB55 in maize activates stress-responsive genes and enhances heat and drought tolerance
Gene duplication confers enhanced expression of 27-kDa γ-zein for endosperm modification in quality protein maize
The role of silicon in enhancing resistance to bacterial blight of hydroponic- and soil-cultured rice
Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering Calls for Resumption of Bt Eggplant Research
University Illinois Scientist Identifies Mechanism for Herbicide Resistance in Palmer Amaranth
DEFRA Approves The Sainsbury Laboratory`s Application for Potato Field Trials
Scientists Crack Complete Genome of Carrot
New initiative to help Sorghum and Millet farmers increase their yields in spite of high temperatures and low rainfall
Researchers Discover Plant Mechanism that Regulates Flowering in Warm Temperatures
Europe and Central Asia set sights on better nutrition, sustainable agriculture
First Vietnamese bananas reach Japanese supermarkets
Characterization of indica–japonica subspecies-specific InDel loci in wild relatives of rice (Oryza sativa L. subsp. indica Kato and subsp. japonica Kato)
Genetic diversity and population structure of Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.): synopsis of the past two decades of analysis and implications for crop improvement programmes
Allelic diversity of newly characterized submergence-tolerant rice (Oryza sativa L.) germplasm from Bangladesh
Combined linkage and association mapping identifies a major QTL (qRtsc8-1), conferring tar spot complex resistance in maize
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  First Vietnamese bananas reach Japanese supermarkets

On April 30, the first Vietnamese bananas appeared on the shelves of the Japanese discount chain Don Quijote. Nguyễn Trung Dũng, a representative of the Vietnamese Embassy’s Trade Office in Japan, said about 15 tonnes of bananas exported by the Huy Long An company were sold at over 10 Don Quijote stores in Tokyo and nearby Saitama and Chiba prefectures.

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  Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering Calls for Resumption of Bt Eggplant Research

In a statement, the Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE) expressed strong support for the continuation of research and development and field testing of Bt eggplant in the Philippines

University Illinois Scientist Identifies Mechanism for Herbicide Resistance in Palmer Amaranth
DEFRA Approves The Sainsbury Laboratory`s Application for Potato Field Trials
Scientists Crack Complete Genome of Carrot
 
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  Characterization of indica–japonica subspecies-specific InDel loci in wild relatives of rice (Oryza sativa L. subsp. indica Kato and subsp. japonica Kato)

The O. sativa sub-species specific markers thus provide further insight into the evolutionary pathway in the genus Oryza and the process of differentiation between indica and japonica.

Genetic diversity and population structure of Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.): synopsis of the past two decades of analysis and implications for crop improvement programmes
Allelic diversity of newly characterized submergence-tolerant rice (Oryza sativa L.) germplasm from Bangladesh
Combined linkage and association mapping identifies a major QTL (qRtsc8-1), conferring tar spot complex resistance in maize
 
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  Expression of OsMYB55 in maize activates stress-responsive genes and enhances heat and drought tolerance

Plant response mechanisms to heat and drought stresses have been considered in strategies for generating stress tolerant genotypes, but with limited success.

Gene duplication confers enhanced expression of 27-kDa γ-zein for endosperm modification in quality protein maize
The role of silicon in enhancing resistance to bacterial blight of hydroponic- and soil-cultured rice
Chromosome segregation in an allotetraploid banana hybrid (AAAB) suggests a translocation between the A and B genomes and results in eBSV-free offsprings
 
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Expression of OsMYB55 in maize activates stress-responsive genes and enhances heat and drought tolerance
Gene duplication confers enhanced expression of 27-kDa γ-zein for endosperm modification in quality protein maize
The role of silicon in enhancing resistance to bacterial blight of hydroponic- and soil-cultured rice
Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering Calls for Resumption of Bt Eggplant Research
University Illinois Scientist Identifies Mechanism for Herbicide Resistance in Palmer Amaranth
DEFRA Approves The Sainsbury Laboratory`s Application for Potato Field Trials
Scientists Crack Complete Genome of Carrot
New initiative to help Sorghum and Millet farmers increase their yields in spite of high temperatures and low rainfall
Researchers Discover Plant Mechanism that Regulates Flowering in Warm Temperatures
Europe and Central Asia set sights on better nutrition, sustainable agriculture
First Vietnamese bananas reach Japanese supermarkets
Genetic diversity and population structure of Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.): synopsis of the past two decades of analysis and implications for crop improvement programmes
Allelic diversity of newly characterized submergence-tolerant rice (Oryza sativa L.) germplasm from Bangladesh
Combined linkage and association mapping identifies a major QTL (qRtsc8-1), conferring tar spot complex resistance in maize
FaRXf1: a locus conferring resistance to angular leaf spot caused by Xanthomonas fragariae in octoploid strawberry

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