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Dennis Baffour-Awuah

Dennis is a young researcher and science communicator who has recently completed graduate studies in Nuclear Agriculture (M.Phil.). His thesis looked at the influence of the growth regulators 2,4-D and Picloram on in vitro regenerated cassava plantlets. In his free time, he writes a personal blog on science and agriculture. Tell us a bit about […]

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Webpage Oct 19, 2022

Jazib Ali Irfan

Jazib is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, USA. His thesis is “Genomic Selection in Switchgrass.” In this research project, he’s working on predicting phenotype from genotype. He works on half-sib families of AP13 cultivars and tries to identify high biomass-yielding progenies. From there, he will develop a genomic model […]

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Webpage Oct 18, 2022

Climate Change Contributions from Seed and Crop Technologies

This reports provides a summary of peer-reviewed literature for articles that provide evidence that innovations in plant breeding technologies and crop protection products, including biologicals, have contributed, or are contributing to climate change mitigation and adaption. The review shows how several factors are working in concert to create significant climate change impacts: development of different GM traits; trait deployment in the most significant commodity crops; widespread adoption of GM crops globally; and consequent beneficial changes in farming practices.

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Plant Biotechnology Webpage Oct 17, 2022

Albert Kure

In addition to being a master’s student in Food Security, Policy, and Management at the University College Cork, Albert is the West African Regional Coordinator for the NGO Thought for Food and a special assistant to the Nigerian governor on business, innovation, and technology while also sitting on the board of several food, environment, and […]

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Webpage Oct 17, 2022

Potential Impact of Genome Editing on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation

Climate change poses an enormous challenge to plant agriculture. There is clearly a need for new crop varieties that can withstand extreme weather challenges while also relying on fewer inputs. Over the past 120 years, plant breeders have made remarkable progress in developing new crop varieties with novel traits, including increased productivity. However, the pace and scale of climate change will make it difficult for traditional breeding methods to generate the varieties needed to sustain food security and ameliorate the problem of increased CO2. Genome editing makes it possible to introduce precise changes to the plant genome, accelerating the production of new crop varieties, including those that better withstand the stresses induced by a changing climate.

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Webpage Oct 17, 2022

Catalina Zamora Fonck

Catalina has worked as a consultant for small food startups in Chile to improve their production processes and reduce the loss of raw materials, advise on food labeling, and am a university professor. In addition, she worked as a mentor and facilitator, guiding the work of multicultural teams in creating proposals to improve food systems. […]

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Webpage Oct 14, 2022

Timothy Mulderrig

Tim is in his first semester as a Ph.D. student in Dr. Mark Sorrells Small Grains Breeding program at Cornell University. He’s currently working as a part of the Wheat Coordinated Agriculture Project, an initiative from the USDA to create a collaborative program for public breeding programs to work together to enhance the wheat breeding […]

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Webpage Oct 13, 2022

Q3: Canola: We Can Have It All

Canola proves we can have it all by Robert Hunter, Chief Operating Officer As a Canadian farmer, I think I was born knowing about the importance of canola. This is a crop that offers health benefits for consumers, boosts economic opportunities for the farming sector, stimulates agricultural R&D, and helps promote biodiversity. And now, the […]

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Webpage Oct 11, 2022

Q3: Putting Sustainability Into Practice

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Webpage Oct 11, 2022

Q3: Partner Profile – Agriculture & Food Systems Institute

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute (AFSI) is an independent nonprofit scientific organization with a mission to achieve safe and sustainable agri-food, health, and environmental systems that improve the world. AFSI accomplishes this mission through a combination of applied research, capacity building, and outreach activities as well as through publicly-available databases and tools that help […]

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Webpage Oct 11, 2022

Q3: Defining Innovation & Policies That Incentivize and Support It

Innovation, like so many buzzwords, is a term used so often and in so many different contexts that, without further definition and specificity, is a meaningless codeword. Having a productive conversation or debate about innovation in agriculture first requires moving beyond generic terms and into a more granular discussion. The most inclusive yet specific way […]

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Webpage Oct 11, 2022

Okon Odiong Unung

Okon is currently a Ph.D. Student in Plant Molecular Biology and Virology at Ehime University, Japan. His Ph.D. research focuses on CRISPR-mediated genome editing of plants for resistance to tomato mosaic virus disease by immunity-related gene manipulation. Tell us a bit about your career. What do you love about your studies and how you got […]

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Webpage Oct 10, 2022

Biologicals and digital tech driving sustainability in agriculture

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Crop Protection Webpage Oct 04, 2022

Pyrolysis adds another option for plastic recycling

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Crop Protection Webpage Oct 04, 2022

Brandon Lee Jia Wei

I am working at a media intelligence and monitoring company. Although I work in the media industry, I have always been fascinated by food growing up and love to learn about new food cultures that are out there. I am also currently pursuing my MBA. I am also the Creative & Cultural Advisor for Thought […]

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Webpage Sep 29, 2022