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agricultureRice grown in desert, using seawater with over double the global average yields

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One day large sections of desert could be turned into rice paddy fields. Chinese scientists have successfully grown and harvested rice in the deserts of Dubai after developing a strain that allows the crop to grow in saltwater. China’s “father …

agricultureCrop production increased by 47 percent by speeding up photorespiration

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Plants such as soybeans and wheat waste between 20 and 50 percent of their energy recycling toxic chemicals created when the enzyme Rubisco—the most prevalent enzyme in the world—grabs oxygen molecules instead of carbon dioxide molecules. Increasing production of a …

agriculturePoor countries can increase food production by 3 to ten times

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Poor countries tend to have out one-tenth of the crop yield per hectare compared to the yield from rich countries. Farmers in rich countries are more productive than those in poor countries because they use better technology and infrastructure, and …

agricultureSynthesized meat can be any meat so get ready for lab-grown Foie Gras

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Bill Gates and Richard Branson have invested in lab-grown meat companies. Beef production is very inefficient. It takes more than 38 pounds of feed and 1799 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef. Lab-grown meat requires 100 times …

agricultureUS-China in early stages of trade war

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Donald Trump slapped tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese imports. China has said that they will retaliate. China announced a 25 percent levy on U.S. pork imports — a heavy blow to Iowa, the top pork-producing state and …

agricultureUV light enhancement system boosts crop yield by 26%

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BioLumic, creators of the first ultraviolet (UV) crop yield enhancement system, today announced the close of $5 million in Series A financing. Led by top AgTech investors Finistere Ventures and Radicle Growth acceleration fund, with Rabobank’s recently launched Food and …

agricultureMassive study provided localized advice to boost crop yield and reduce fertilizer usage

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A decade-long study involved 21 million smallholders shows how evidence-based approaches could improve food security. More than 1,000 researchers across China worked with 65,000 bureaucrats and technicians at provincial or county agricultural agencies and with 140,000 representatives from agriculture businesses. …

agricultureProgress to more salt resistant rice

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87-year-old Chinese scientist Yuan Longping is developing a new high-yield strain of rice that grows in saltwater.A Swamps, bogs, and clay-like or salty coastal waters make up roughly a third of the total arable land in China. Growing rice in …

agricultureLab Grown Meat will be served in restaurants by the end of 2018 and it will be healthier

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Lab-grown meat products will be offered in a number of restaurants in the United States and Asia, starting with chicken nuggets, sausage and foie gras. There will be factory produced meat on store shelves by 2021. Initially a lab-grown burger …

agricultureRegions in southern hemisphere would be at risk desertification at 2-degree warming but difference on when it happens

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A 2 °C warming (one more degree than where we are today) would put 20-30% of the world at risk of desertification and drought by 2050. The regions that will be most affected by an average temperature increase are those located …