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Food Safety Essential to Tap Global Market

Pakistan has immense potential in the food business and can capture the world market by adopting safety requirements and meeting global standards. These views were expressed by speakers at a virtual event on Monday to mark World Food Safety Day. Experts, on the occasion, said that safe food contributes to a healthy life, a healthy […]
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Pakistan-China Cooperation in Sugar Industry to Bring ‘Sweet Revolution’

Pakistan and China can produce high-grade sugar in abundance and export it across the world, said Dr. Gu Wenliang, Agricultural Commissioner of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, according to China Economic Net (CEN). “Sugarcane cooperation between China and Pakistan will bring sweet revolution, and will literally turn the friendship between the two nations sweeter than […]
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Enabling Strategies for Developing Pakistan’s Agriculture

A recent report, jointly prepared by experts from Victoria University in Australia and leading government officials in Pakistan, take such a strategic view. It identifies smallholder agriculture as a pivotal sector for Pakistan, arguing the comprehensive initiatives to assist smallholders could have major flow-on economic and social impacts. The starting point is that while the […]
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Growing Waling-Waling Using the Tissue Culture Method

When growing ornamental plants, gardeners often take the natural route by growing plants from cuttings or seeds. All it takes is combining science with horticulture, and you’ve got the tissue culture method. Dominic Albis Galimba, a plant tissue culture expert, uses this method to grow the Philippine endemic orchid, waling-waling. “Through plant tissue culture, we can grow and conserve without taking the […]
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First Potato Tissue Culture Lab in East and Central Africa Commissioned in Uganda

Rebecca Kadaga, was Thursday commissioned the first-ever Irish Potato Tissue Culture Laboratory in East and Central Africa. Started 20 years ago, AGT was the first Ugandan tissue culture initiative to scale up and commercialize, transforming into the biggest tissue culture laboratory in East and Central Africa. AGT has also set up 500 demonstration plots throughout […]
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One Step Closer to Efficient Cannabis Production

Micropropagation is a technique used for growing large quantities of new plants from fewer “parent” plants, yielding clones with the same, predictable qualities. The cannabis industry, however, has been largely left out of this beneficial technique, because this species of plant is extremely difficult to micropropagate. Currently, the commercial cannabis industry relies on other propagation techniques, such as collecting seeds or taking carefully timed […]
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Crops Steal Genes from Other Species to Stabilize Evolution

Grass crops are able to bend the rules of evolution by borrowing genes from their neighbors, giving them a competitive advantage, a new study has revealed. Research, led by the University of Sheffield, is the first to show that grasses can incorporate DNA from other species into their genomes through a process known as lateral […]
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About all Cash Crops is Genetically Engineered Now

More than 90 percent of all corn, cotton, and soybeans planted in the U.S. are genetically engineered, according to data from the Department of Agriculture. The number of crops modified to be herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant has increased dramatically since 2000. That year, a quarter of corn planted was genetically engineered. Now, 20 years later, about 92 […]
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