A realistic scenario, if the production of major crops does not increase significantly. Estimated 9 billion people will need 70% more food than today. In June 2011, The G20 Agriculture Ministers agreed on an “Action plan on food price volatility and agriculture”. As a first step of the G20 Action, an International Research Initiative for [...]
Archive for September, 2011
These are links from our Scoop It page between September 21st and September 30th: How to Grow a Beautiful But Deadly Garden From hemlock through castor bean to nightshade and monkshood … while “most of the plants you’d find in a garden are harmless beauties, not all are so innocent and a few can even [...]
The rate of molecular evolution of Tricyrtis plant groups as a model system was estimated. The outcome further highlights the importance of conserving biodiversity in a rapidly changing Earth environment. This phylogenetic analyses of Tricyrtis with its high endemism in north-east Asia sheds light on processes of speciation processes.
Via Scoop.it – molcyt“Why has academia largely ignored one of the world’s most popular technology programmes – and what does the show tell us about the effective communication of complex ideas?” A review of a scholarly paper on what we as scientists can learn from Top Gear about presentation of technical material … Show original
I’ve been tidying up my online presence, RSS feeds and so on for the new academic year. I’ll be moving my life sciences posts to a professional account on Google Plus, http://gplus.to/drsalt In some ways this is the wrong way round as my PhD is not in Botany, but it helps dealing with students. Another [...]
Seeds of Pongamia pinnata used as feedstock for biodiesel production and the protein-rich residue is fed to farm animals. This paper describes seed development and early germination in terms of phenology, protein and reserve accumulation and utilization. The findings will underpin rapid and successful exploitation of this promising energy and animal feed crop.
The three Genetics Societies in Italy – AGI, SIBV and SIGA – held a strong joint conference in Assisi in September. With 500 people and 300 posters, the major sessions were on topical issues such as epigenetics and epigenomics, then genome plasticity, moving on to systems biology. , Approaches included whole genome sequencing, annotation and functional analysis, and focussed on many crops and some animal genetics