Month: December 2013

Gene Discovery Leads Way to More Rice

“Scientists from Japan and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have discovered a rice gene that in preliminary testing increased production by 13–36% in modern long-grain indica rice varieties—the world’s most widely grown types of rice. ‘We discovered the gene, SPIKE, in an Indonesian tropical japonica rice variety,’ announced rice breeder Nobuya Kobayashi of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization—Institute…

IFDC/ECOWAS Study: Tighter Regulation Key to Ensuring Fertilizer Quality in West Africa

November 31, 2013 – ACCRA, Ghana – The recent study conducted jointly by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to analyze the quality of fertilizer in five West African countries tells a compelling story. Extensive fertilizer market research and product testing found the existence of severe nutrient deficiencies in bulk blends…

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