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World Soil Day hails symbiotic role of pulses to boost sustainable agriculture

Soil and pulses can make major contributions to the challenge of feeding the world's growing population and combating climate change, especially when deployed together, according to Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life, a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization released on World Soil Day.

Eastern India’s seed industry needs to be more aware of climate-smart rice varieties

There are many stress-tolerant rice varieties that have been released in India. However, seed producers and companies in the country’s eastern region urgently need to be more aware of their availability and ways to promote them. So, a varietal exhibition and a workshop were held recently in Birbhum to do just that.

Scientists find single enzyme controling growth and defense hormones

In a paper published in the November 14 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists at Washington University in St. Louis report that the enzyme GH3.5 can control the levels of two plant hormones, auxin and salicylic acid. GH3.5 is the first enzyme of its kind known to control completely different classes of hormones.

PH highlights role of biotech in national development

The Philippines celebrates the 12th National Biotechnology Week (NBW 2016) from November 21-25, 2016 focusing on the theme, Biotechnology: Partner in National Development.

NZ Scientists Develop GE Ryegrass for Healthier Animals

Scientists from AgResearch in New Zealand are developing genetically engineered ryegrass with better nutritional quality and energy system that can lead to healthier animals, better farm production, and less environmental impact.

Marker-assisted breeding of the rice restorer line Wanhui 6725 for disease resistance, submergence tolerance and aromatic fragrance.

Rice is a staple food crop in the world. With the increase in world population and economic development, farmers need to produce more rice in limited field. However, the rice production is frequently affected by biotic and abiotic stresses.

Control of seed dormancy in Arabidopsis by a cis-acting noncoding antisense transcript

Sequential developmental transitions in plant life cycle are tightly controlled by dynamic regulation of key genes. Seed dormancy release is probably the first developmental transition in a plant’s life cycle, and it is regulated by the Delay of Germination 1 (DOG1) gene.

The appressorium of the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae remains mitotically active during post-penetration hyphal growth.

To investigate the mitotic dynamics of an appressorium, we used live-cell confocal imaging of a fluorescence-based mitotic reporter strain of Magnaporthe oryzae. We present evidence that the M. oryzae appressorium remains viable and mitotically active well after host penetration.

Engineered maize as a source of astaxanthin: processing and application as fish feed

Astaxanthin from a transgenic maize line was evaluated as feed supplement source conferring effective pigmentation of rainbow trout flesh. An extraction procedure using ethanol together with the addition of vegetal oil was established.

Isolation and characterization of a thermostable lipase from Bacillus thermoamylovorans NB501.

Two thermophilic bacterial strains, Bacillus thermoamylovorans NB501 and NB502, were isolated from a high-temperature aerobic fermentation reactor system that processes tofu refuse (okara) in the presence of used soybean oil.

Sequencing of Australian wild rice genomes reveals ancestral relationships with domesticated rice.

The related A genome species of the Oryza genus are the effective gene pool for rice. Here we report draft genomes for two Australian wild A genome taxa: O. rufipogon-like population, referred to as Taxon A and O. meridionalis-like population, referred to as Taxon B.

Fine mapping and candidate gene analysis of two loci conferring resistance to Phytophthora sojae in soybean

RpsUN1andRpsUN2were fine mapped to two genomic regions harboring disease resistance-like genes. The haplotypes and instability of the regions and candidate genes for the two resistance loci were characterized

Fine mapping of a quantitative trait locus conferring resistance to maize rough dwarf disease

A QTLqMrdd8that confers resistance to MRDD was fine mapped into an interval of 347 kb; one SNP and two InDels identified in the interval were significantly associated with resistance to MRDD

Genetic control of flowering time in rice: integration of Mendelian genetics and genomics

Integration of previous Mendelian genetic analyses and recent molecular genomics approaches, such as linkage mapping and QTL cloning, dramatically strengthened our current understanding of genetic control of rice flowering time

Haplotyping of Rice Genotypes Using Simple Sequence Repeat Markers Associated with Salt Tolerance

Salt stress is a major problem in most of the rice growing areas in the world. A major QTL Saltol associated with salt tolerance at the seedling stage has been mapped on chromosome 1 in rice. This study aimed to characterize the haplotype diversity at Saltol and additional QTLs associated with salt tolerance. Salt tolerance at the seedling stage was assessed in 54 rice genotypes in the scale of 1 to 9 score at EC = 10 dSm-1 under controlled environmental conditions.

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The southern province of Tay Ninh wants to cooperate with Japan in developing hi-tech and clean agriculture meeting VietGAP, Global GAP and Organic standards.

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  World Soil Day hails symbiotic role of pulses to boost sustainable agriculture

Soil and pulses can make major contributions to the challenge of feeding the world's growing population and combating climate change, especially when deployed together, according to Soils and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life, a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization released on World Soil Day.

Eastern India’s seed industry needs to be more aware of climate-smart rice varieties
Scientists find single enzyme controling growth and defense hormones
NZ Scientists Develop GE Ryegrass for Healthier Animals
 
other news 
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  Marker-assisted breeding of the rice restorer line Wanhui 6725 for disease resistance, submergence tolerance and aromatic fragrance.

Rice is a staple food crop in the world. With the increase in world population and economic development, farmers need to produce more rice in limited field. However, the rice production is frequently affected by biotic and abiotic stresses.

Isolation and characterization of a thermostable lipase from Bacillus thermoamylovorans NB501.
Fine mapping and candidate gene analysis of two loci conferring resistance to Phytophthora sojae in soybean
Fine mapping of a quantitative trait locus conferring resistance to maize rough dwarf disease
 
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  Control of seed dormancy in Arabidopsis by a cis-acting noncoding antisense transcript

Sequential developmental transitions in plant life cycle are tightly controlled by dynamic regulation of key genes. Seed dormancy release is probably the first developmental transition in a plant’s life cycle, and it is regulated by the Delay of Germination 1 (DOG1) gene.

The appressorium of the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae remains mitotically active during post-penetration hyphal growth.
Engineered maize as a source of astaxanthin: processing and application as fish feed
Sequencing of Australian wild rice genomes reveals ancestral relationships with domesticated rice.
 
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