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IITA commences confined field trials of transgenic cassava

Communications |December 28, 2017 The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) was recently granted a permit to carry out confined field trials (CFT) on genetically modified cassava (AMY3 RNAi transgenic lines). This research, carried out in collaboration with ETHZ Plant Biotechnology Lab in Zurich, aims to reduce starch breakdown in storage roots of cassava after pruning the …

Smart fertilizer management and the quest for sustainable rice production

Pauline Chivenge and Sheetal Sharma   |  Dec 11, 2017                          « PREVIOUS Specific fertilizer recommendations in smallholder rice farming systems could increase crop production while reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Rice production relies on the use of synthetic fertilizers, especially nitrogen, in order to meet the …

Study: farmers could increase their production and contribute to reduce up to one gigaton of metric carbon emissions

by CIAT Communications | Dec 5, 2017 A new study presented at the Bonn Climate Summit, COP23 – produced by an international group of scientists led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Center for Tropical Agricultural Research (CIAT), and published in Scientific Reports – has revealed how agricultural production could contribute significantly in the …

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