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Plastic for dinner: A quarter of fish sold at markets contain man-made debris

Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained man-made debris -- plastic or fibrous material -- in their guts, according to [..]

Press-release; University of California - Davis, September 24, 2015

Neonicotinoids: foliar spray uses confirmed as a risk to bees

Neonicotinoid pesticides applied as foliar sprays pose a risk to bees, EFSA has confirmed. The Authority has published assessments on the risks to bees from clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam for all uses other than [..]

Press-release; European Food Safety Authority, August 26, 2015

UC ANR scientists urge citrus farmers and backyard growers to be vigilant in face of new disease find

Now that two additional backyard citrus trees in Southern California were found to be infected with the bacterium that causes Huanglongbing (HLB) disease, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) Cooperative Extension advisors [..]

Press-release; UC ANR News, July 22, 2015

Researchers identify gene that controls soybean seed permeability, calcium content

Agronomist Jianxin Ma holds a dish of seeds from cultivated soybeans (right) and from their wild, hard-coated progenitors (left). (Purdue Agricultural Communication / Tom Campbell) WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University researchers have pinpointed the gene that controls whether soybean seed coats are hard or permeable, a finding that could be used to develop better varieties for southern and tropical regions, enrich the crop's genetic diversity and boost the nutritional value of soybeans. [..]

Press-release; Purdue University (Indiana, USA) - Agronomy Department, June 22, 2015

Acrylamide in food is a public health concern

Following a comprehensive review, EFSA has published its scientific opinion on acrylamide in food. Experts from EFSA’s Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) have reconfirmed previous evaluations that acrylamide in food potentially increases [..]

Press-release; European Food Safety Authority, June 4 2015

Africa’s Food Security Threatened by Deadly Maize Disease

More than 150 participants will gather in Nairobi for an international conference from May 12 to 14, 2015, to share knowledge on the latest diagnostics and screening methods for the maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease [..]

Press-release; CIMMYT, via CGIAR Consortium press-release, May 11, 2015

Launch of the Food Security Portal for Central America

“Despite the increase in global food supply and the increasing use of agricultural technology in key food-exporting countries, today more than ever before policy makers in food net importing countries (like most countries in Central America) are confronted by increasingly complex challenges to food and nutrition security,” said... (press-release; IFPRI)

Press-release; International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), May 11, 2015

BumbleBee program developed together with farmers at Deleware University

The Deleware University is testing the polllination with native bumble bee instead of honeybees. Pollinators are very important in crop production and their activity affects 80% of the whole crop production in Deleware. For this reason a research project is investigating the field application of bumble bee pollination, also to improve their pollinating performanches.

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IFAJ launches IFAJ-Yara Award for Reporting on Sustainable Agriculture

The IFAJ Presidium signed an agreement creating a new professional development contest at its annual Executive Committee Meeting in Berlin January 22. From left rear: President Mike Wilson, USA, Vice President Markus Rediger, Switzerland. Seated, from left: Secretary General Owen Roberts, Canada, contest organizer Jørgen Lund Christiansen, Denmark; and Treasurer James Campbell, Ireland. [...]

Press-release; International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, January, 26, 2011

Green Super Rice is coming

Rice bred to perform well in the toughest conditions where the poorest farmers grow rice is a step away from reaching farmers thanks to a major project led by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Green Super Rice is actually a mix of more than 250 different potential rice varieties and [...]

Press-release; IRRI (International Rice Research Institute), January 14, 2011

A selection of links to press-releases, news-articles and documents about agriculture:

- Researchers Compare the effects of "Natural" Repellents to DEET on Aedes Agypti and Aedes albopictus - Entomological Society of America, October 28, 2014

- The wasp Trissolcus japonicus discovered by reserchers at Washington State University parasitizes brown marmorated StinkBug eggs - CBSNews - October 22, 2015

- A new mobile phone add-on can help you tell if an avocado is ripe without touching it - SkyNews TV (UK), October 16, 2015

- Canadian dairy farmers in tractors protest trade deal - France24 TV, September 29, 2015

- Food-Statistics Pocketbook - Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (UK), September 17, 2015

- Pesticides Usage Data in the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) - Fera Science Ltd. (UK)

- Bill in CA seeks to protect privacy from police drones - Watchdog Arena - Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity (USA), August 25, 2015

- Golden opportunities for organic farmers in the USA - The Independent (UK), August 19, 2015

- Farmers Take Advantage of College Students' Growing Appetite for Locally Grown Produce - American Farmland Trust, August 04, 2015

- Small-scale Farmers Celebrated at Small Farm Expo - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), July 15, 2015

- Mail survey shows biosecurity controls are working - Ministry for Primary Industries of New Zealand, June 22, 2015

- Gardening in a polluted paradise - Urban gardeners can take simple precautions to avoid contaminants - Soil Science Society of America, May 2015

- ASPB Names 2015 Award Recipients - American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), April 1, 2015

- 28 new rice varieties released in 2014 as scientists ensure responsive breeding for the future - International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), March 27, 2015

- Letter to Congressional Leaders Opposing Farm Bill Cuts - American Farmland Trust, February 23, 2015

- Ontario Establishes Goals to Increase Awareness of Local Food - Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of Ontario (Canada): January 28, 2015

- Newly Discovered Assassin Bug, Sinea Incognita - Entomological Society of America, December 23, 2014

- Turkey Sector: Background & Statistics - U.S. Department of Agriculture - Economic Research Service (ERS), November 26, 2014

- EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments of Little or No Benefit to U.S. Soybean Production - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), October 16, 2014

- Conference brings international organic agriculture leaders together - Soil Science Society of America (USA), September 30, 2014

- Consumer confidence to be strengthened through new food crime unit - Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, September 4, 2014

- Seed-bombing: new film on seed saving - Soil Association (UK), August 1, 2014

- New Planthopper Species Found in Spain - Entomological Society of America, July 22, 2014

- Hog and Pork Sector Information: Where To Find It - U.S. Department of Agriculture - Economic Research Service, June 27, 2014

- CAP greening criteria announced - Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, June 10, 2014

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