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Germany gives green light to GMO potato trials: minister
Berlin (AFP) April 27, 2009
 Germany has agreed to allow test cultivation of Amflora, a genetically-modified potato manufactured by chemicals giant BASF, the agriculture ministry said on Monday. Amflora poses "no danger for human health or the environment," a ministry spokeswoman told AFP. Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner decided to give the go-ahead to the trials after an "in-depth examination" and talks with scie ... read more

Pressure On For Healthier Juice And Fruit Products
 Melbourne FL (SPX) Apr 27, 2009
Technology developed by Food Science Australia (FSA) to improve the way fruit juices and other food products are pasteurised, is being used commercially in a new Melbourne food processing facility opened this morning by Victorian Premier John Brumby. The Director of FSA's Innovative Foods Centre (IFC), Dr Kees Versteeg, says the technology further developed by the IFC - called High Pressur ... more
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  • First International Plant Phenomics Symposium
     Canberra, Australia (SPX) Apr 27, 2009
    The latest research on global food security, biofuel feedstocks and climate change will be explored at the inaugural three-day International Plant Phenomics Symposium beginning in Canberra tomorrow. The Symposium aims to advance the field of phenomics - the study of how the genetic makeup of organisms determines their appearance, function and performance - and will bring together over 100 ... more

    WWF wants turtle eggs off Malaysian menus
     Kuala Lumpur (AFP) April 22, 2009
    Environmental group WWF Wednesday launched a campaign to stop Malaysians eating turtle eggs, in a bid to help save the marine creatures from extinction. Turtle eggs are openly sold in markets in parts of Malaysia. Turtles once arrived in their thousands to lay eggs on Malaysian beaches, but are now increasingly rare thanks to poaching and coastal development. The five-month online campai ... more

    Brussels wants to cut fishing fleets as stocks dwindle
     Brussels (AFP) April 22, 2009
    Drastic cuts in the European fishing fleet are needed, the EU Commission warned Wednesday, launching a consultation exercise to overhaul a sector which it said is making profits and fish stocks disappear. A raft of ideas are included in a consultative green paper formally adopted by the EU executive on Wednesday. "Nine out of ten fish stocks are exploited beyond their capacity to regener ... more

    California 2009 Farm And Ranch Lands Protection Program Signup Announced
     Davis CA (SPX) Apr 22, 2009
    Applicants for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP), administered by the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), may apply for the program for the 2009 fiscal year between now and June 15, 2009. Ranking and selection of parcels will take place immediately thereafter and funds will be obligated by July 15, 2009. NRCS State Conservationist Ed Burton noted th ... more

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     North Wyke UK (SPX) Apr 20, 2009
    Crop growth, drinking water and recreational water sports could all be adversely affected if predicted changes in rainfall patterns over the coming years prove true, according to research published this month in Biology and Fertility of Soils. Scientists from Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)-funded North Wyke Research have found for the first time that the rat ... more

    India Using Using Satellite To Study Rice
     New Delhi (PTI) Apr 17, 2009
    The Biophysics section of the Department of Physics of the University of Pune (UoP) has tied up with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to send a satellite named Space Recovery Experiment II (SRE-II) into space to study the effects of micro gravity on the production of rice. The experiment is the brainchild of Pandit Vidyasagar, head of the biophysics section, and will be sent ... more

    Brazil largest consumer of pesticides: study
     Rio De Janeiro (AFP) April 17, 2009
    Brazil has become the world's top consumer of agriculture pesticides, and continues to use a range of dangerous pesticides banned in other countries, according to a study released Friday. The Brazilian pesticide market has boiled to more than 6.9 billion dollars, according to the Brazilian Chemical Industry Association. In the analysis led by Anvisa (Brazil's National Health Surveillance ... more

    China hauls US to WTO over poultry
     Geneva (AFP) April 17, 2009
    China on Friday lodged filed a complaint against the United States at the World Trade Organization over "discriminatory" US legislation against Chinese poultry imports. "China considers that the US ... through Section 727, is in breach of its obligations," according to a request for formal consultations filed by the Chinese at the WTO. Beijing had launched the action in the WTO in respon ... more

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