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Scientists Identify Gene for Resistance to Parasitic 'Witchweed'

Scientists at the University of Virginia have identified a gene in cowpea (black-eyed pea) that confers resistance to attack from witchweed, a parasitic plant. This discovery will help researchers better understand how some plants can resist Striga, while others, such as corn and sorghum, are susceptible.

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Projected Food, Energy Demands Seen to Outpace Production

With the caloric needs of the planet expected to soar by 50 percent in the next 40 years, planning and investment in global agriculture will become critically important, according a new report released today (June 25).

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Northern Arizona University, NAU, Global Food Crisis, Non Surgical Spaying, Wildlife Management, Menopause, World Hunger, Biotechnology

Discovery Could Help Feed Millions

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When scientist Loretta Mayer set out to alleviate diseases associated with menopause, she didn't realize her work could lead to addressing world hunger and feeding hundreds of millions of people.

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Water, Food, Food Security, Agriculture, Water Policy, Bill Gates, University Of Nebraska

International Experts Will Explore 'Future of Water for Food' May 4

Water experts from around the world will discuss the global challenge of growing more food with less water at The Future of Water for Food conference May 4, hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Nebraska.

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Wheat Scientists, Educators Eyeing Worldwide "˜Stem Rust Concern'

Yield losses from stem rust in Africa and Middle East have been significant since Ug99 was reported, but the greater concern is that this race will spread to the major wheat producing areas of India, China, Europe and the United States. Oklahoma State scientist explains level of concern, historical threat.

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Drought Conditions Affecting Wheat Prices, Even With Late-Season Snow

A late season wintry blast that hit much of Oklahoma and parts of surrounding states on March 27 was not enough to drive thoughts about the effect drought may have on wheat prices from the minds of some producers.

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Research May Help Planners Predict Food Shortages

As world leaders seek ways to address global food shortages, researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are working on a method that could help government planners and relief agencies better prepare for future shortages by predicting the variability of food supplies for specific nations or regions.

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Lower Crop Yields Due to Ozone a Factor in World Food Crisis

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Rising background levels of ozone in the atmosphere are a likely contributor to the global food crisis, since ozone has been shown to damage plants and reduce yields of important crop, including soybeans and wheat.

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Policy Makers, Media Blamed for U.S., World Food Insecurity Problem

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A food security expert at the University at Buffalo says the worldwide food crisis is a direct result of the choices made by policy makers and the lack of attention paid to the food system and its relationship to global warming and fossil fuels.

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Political Scientist Discusses the World Food Crisis

The recent increase in food prices throughout the world has caused tremendous social upheaval, says UAB political scientist Nikolaos Zahariadis, Ph.D. Zahariadis is an expert on European public policy and foreign aid and is director of international studies at UAB. He also is author of the new book "State Subsidies in the Global Economy" (2008 Palgrave Macmillan).







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