Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN

Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN

Crowning the "King of the Crops": Sequencing the White Guinea Yam Genome
An international collaboration involving the Earlham Institute, Norwich, UK, and the Iwate Biotechnology Research Centre, Japan, has for the first time provided a genome sequence for the white Guinea yam, a staple crop with huge economic and cultural significance on the African continent and a lifeline for millions of people.
09/22/2017 06:43 PM
Fires in Australia Pop Up in Places Already Burned
Fires that span across the Northern Territory and Western Australia appear to have broken out in areas that have already been burned in previous fires.  Areas that sport "burn scars", those areas that are a darker, almost red-brown color, are surrounded by fires that are anywhere from a few hours old to 7 days old.  The areas that are seven days old can be attributed to fires that spread but areas that are just a few hours old may be fires that have presumably been put out only to have them break out again.  The Northern Territory of Australia experienced a higher than normal amount of rain this past season allowing the plants and trees that fuel fires to become even more overgrown and subject to becoming fire fodder.
09/22/2017 06:36 PM
Researchers Discover New Cattle Disease and Prevent It from Spreading
Within Danish cattle breeding the semen of one breeding bull is used to inseminate a lot of cows. Due to the many inseminations one bull can thus father thousands of calves. Therefore, it is vital to determine whether breeding bulls carry hereditary diseases.
09/21/2017 06:55 PM
Scientists and Farmers Work Together to Wipe Out African Lovegrass
A partnership between QUT, the NSW Government and farmers could lead to the eventual eradication of the highly invasive African lovegrass which is threatening pastures and native grasslands Australia-wide.
09/21/2017 06:50 PM
Green Algae Could Hold Clues for Engineering Faster-Growing Crops
Two new studies of green algae — the scourge of swimming pool owners and freshwater ponds — have revealed new insights into how these organisms siphon carbon dioxide from the air for use in photosynthesis, a key factor in their ability to grow so quickly. Understanding this process may someday help researchers improve the growth rate of crops such as wheat and rice.
09/21/2017 06:39 PM
Breaking Legume's Crop Wild Relative Barrier
Domesticating plants to grow as crops can turn out to be a double-edged scythe.
09/20/2017 05:15 PM
Forest Fire Pollution Wreaks Havoc on Wildlife
Forest fires in Southeast Asia during the El Niño droughts of 2015 caused considerable disruption to the biodiversity of the region due to the smoke-induced ‘haze’ they created, according to new research led by Benjamin Lee at the University of Kent and the National Parks Board in Singapore.
09/20/2017 05:06 PM