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Pakistan’s agricultural woes: The status of our agriculture system is like a ‘dead man walking’

Successive governments though have not addressed systemic problems faced by the sector, and as such food security of future generations is at stake. Due to declining agricultural incomes, Pakistan has the highest rate of urbanization in South Asia. The major issue is how to encourage retention of youth in rural areas since rural Pakistanis are entering cities to seek […]
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Food Self-Sufficiency Governments Top Priority

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that it was his government s top priority to make Pakistan self-sufficient in food production, Dunya News reported. He stated this during a meeting with the Minister for Food Security Fakhar Imam who briefed him about the expected increase in the production of crops of rice, sugarcane, corn, […]
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The Role ‘Green’ Laboratories can play in Opposition to the Climate Change

Several organizations such as My Green Lab, Irish Green Labs (currently under development), Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Ciruléire, and others are assisting scientists across Ireland to make a positive change to their work and create a culture of sustainability in the laboratory. However, more effort is required before 2030 and this program offers […]
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Researchers Design Sensors to Rapidly Detect Plant Hormones

Researchers from the Disruptive and Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) interdisciplinary research group of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, and their local collaborators from Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), have developed the first-ever nanosensor to enable rapid testing of synthetic auxin […]
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Kenya opens the door to GMO cultivation

Eliud Kireger, highlighted the importance of developing insect-resistant corn by noting that Kenya “is losing about 40% of the 42 million bags of maize to stem-borer and other pests and we have to import to make up for the losses.” In addition to conducting research and commercializing GMO crops, Kenyan scientists are engaged in projects […]
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Genetic Engineering will Lead the way to Food Security, India must Invest in Research & Development

According to biotechnologist Dr., Deepak Pental said that the Breakthroughs in genetic engineering and editing are critical to India achieving a sustainable agricultural system of low-cost input and high yield, in New Delhi. Noting that the growing population will lead to a considerable food grain requirement, Pental, a genetics professor and former vice-chancellor of Delhi […]
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Functional Genomics can Assist Molecular Breeding of Maize

Tissue-culture-based genetic transformation, a commonly used maize breeding technique, however, is limited by two major roadblocks: First, the relative unavailability of genome sequences of inbred lines that show stark phenotypic variations and second, difficulty in inducing callus from immature maize embryos on tissue culture media—the initial step of genetic transformation. Dr. Yaou Shen of Sichuan […]
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