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Gene-edited corn has nutrients usually found in meat 
 
Scientists at Rutgers University in New Jersey and China’s Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences have come up with a way to improve the nutritional value of corn using smart gene-editing technology. 
 
Scientists claim to have invented 'giant rice' that stands over seven feet tall as they look for ways to feed growing population 
 
A new kind of rice that can grow as tall as 2.2 meters (7ft 2in) has been introduced. The so-called 'giant rice' is expected to feed more people as scientists claimed its yield could be 50 per cent higher than ordinary rice, according to a report on China's People's Daily Online today. 
 
Soil health collaboration to be launched in Parliament 
 
A new collaboration with an interest in soil health and an aim to improve it will be launched in UK Parliament this October. 
 
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Bananas could face distinction due to the spread of deadly fungus 
 
Bananas have many health benefits and are one of the most widely consumed fruits across the globe. The resurgence of a deadly fungus, however, could mean we soon face losing them altogether. 
 
Genetic manipulation studies examine chick sexing potential 
 
Research is underway in Edinburgh on the sex-determining mechanisms in the chick, which could have major societal impacts for birds and mammals, including humans. 
 
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Researchers use genomics to accelerate wheat variety development 
 
A team of breeders and geneticists at Kansas State University and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, or CIMMYT, has come up with a new approach to determine if new varieties of bread wheat will have what it takes to make better bread. 
 
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Researchers work on drought-tolerant maize for Africa 
 
In Zimbabwe, researchers say they are breeding maize that is drought and heat resistant as part of efforts to fight hunger across Africa, where maize is a staple food. 
 
Global methane emissions from agriculture larger than reported, according to new estimates 
 
Global methane emissions from agriculture are larger than estimated due to the previous use of out-of-date data on carbon emissions generated by livestock, according to a study published in the open access journal Carbon Balance and Management. 
 
UK breeds at risk from exotic animal disease outbreaks 
 
The Government has created a list of native farm animal breeds considered to be at particular risk of an outbreak of exotic disease. 
 
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Sheep gene study may help breed healthier animals 
 
Fresh insights into the genetic code of sheep could aid breeding programmes to improve their health and productivity. Scientists have mapped which genes are turned on and off in the different tissues and organs in a sheep's body. Their findings shed new light on the animal's complex biology, including insight into the function of genes linked to immunity and meat quality. 
 
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The world’s bananas are under attack 
 
Banana are being threatened by a number of diseases, and could suffer more as climate change encourages those pathogens to spread. Banana fields around the world are under siege from a deadly fungus, while a bacterial disease is devastating plantations in East Africa. These most troubling ailments cause any banana plant they touch to wilt and die, which is causing researchers to worry about the future of the fruit. 
 
UK regains avian influenza-free status 
 
Defra has said Britain now meets the international requirements to once again declare itself free from avian influenza, which will open trade once again with third countries. 
 
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Calcium to phosphorus ratio in pig diets established by new study 
 
The amount of digestible calcium included in pig diets has a direct impact on phosphorus digestibility, but the optimum ratio between the two minerals has not yet been found. In a recent study from the University of Illinois, scientists have established a first approximation of that ratio for 25 to 50 kilogram pigs. 
 
Report says farm tech becoming 'increasingly intelligent' 
 
Robots in agriculture are becoming uncaged, mobile, collaborative and increasingly intelligent, moving beyond their traditional strongholds to bring automation to previously inaccessible tasks, according to a new report. 
 
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Herd screening project launched in Wales to tackle 'widespread' BVD problem 
 
The first herd screening project in Wales has been launched as part of the Welsh government’s multi-million pound bid to eradicate Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD). 
 
Growing virtual plants could help farmers boost their crops 
 
What if farmers could grow sugarcane in a matter of seconds, not days or weeks? Scientists are doing just that. Of course, these crops are not sprouting from soil. Instead they flourish on a computer screen. 
 
Leading scientists call for unified approach to plant and animal breeding 
 
Unifying the approaches to plant and animal breeding through the use of genomic selection is crucial to achieving global food security, according to a team of world leading scientists. 
 
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Egg producers urged to be ready to protect from 'year round' bird flu threat 
 
Egg producers are now being warned to be ready to protect themselves from the threat of avian influenza all year round, following confirmation of AI in a wild swan last month. 
 
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Researchers model ways to control deadly maize disease 
 
Researchers have used mathematical modelling to develop techniques to combat two co-infecting viruses causing maize lethal necrosis (MLN) in Kenya. 
 
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Survival of soil organisms is a wake-up call for biosecurity 
 
Tiny creatures in soil that attack plants have the ability to survive for at least three years stored in dry conditions, showed a recent study. Furthermore, they were found to still be able to invade plant roots. 
 
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When it comes to walking, pigs learn super fast 
 
Pigs learn how to walk extremely rapidly – they usually master the art of walking within 8 hours after birth. That is the outcome of Belgian research. 
 
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Philippines reports 2nd outbreak of bird flu 
 
The Philippines has reported a 2nd outbreak of bird flu – a week after the country recorded its 1st case of the poultry disease. 
 
Scientists sequence a whole genome to identify a plant species within hours 
 
In a paper published today in Scientific Reports , researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, detail for the first time the opportunities for plant sciences that are now available with portable, real-time DNA sequencing. 
 
Professor Jean-François Hocquette discusses Burleigh Dodds 
 
We're delighted to have Prof. Jean-François Hocquette including information on some of our current and upcoming livestock titles in his presentation at the 63rd International Congress of Meat Science & Technology. 
 
cassava, cassava research
Researchers introduce new technology to speed up cassava multiplication 
 
Scientists are now using Semi-Autotrophic Hydroponics (SAH) technology to speed up the propagation of clean cassava planting materials. 
 
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Plant scientists plan massive effort to sequence 10,000 genomes 
 
Hopes of sequencing the DNA of every living thing on Earth are taking a step forward with the announcement of plans to sequence at least 10,000 genomes representing every major clade of plants and eukaryotic microbes. 
 
tomatoes, tomato, tomato cultivation
Scientists create new pesticide-free tomato varieties 
 
Scientists in France have created two new varieties of tomatoes, with an attractive colour, shape, and melt-in-the-mouth taste, and which do not require pesticides to thrive. 
 
Researchers at the Institut National de la Recherche Agroalimentaire (Inra) presented the two new varieties after 10 years of work, in a bid to create tomatoes with a strong flavour and a round and colourful appearance. 
 
Scientists call for global crop network to help combat food insecurity 
 
A group of internationally renowned crop scientists have called for a new global crop network which will help tackle pressing issues affecting food security across the world. 
 
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Brazil gives GM sugarcane a go 
 
Brazil, the world’s largest sugarcane producer, recently approved the commercial use of genetically modified sugarcane. 
 
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African Swine Fever has now reached Romania 
 
African Swine Fever (ASF) continues to pop up in more countries in the European Union. A few weeks ago, the 1st outbreak in the Czech Republic was reported and now the wild boar population in Romania is also affected. 
 
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New and novel technologies successfully demonstrated in soilborne disease study 
 
Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), a prominent soilborne disease of soybean, can be devastating. In a new Phytobiomes journal article, titled "Unraveling Microbial and Edaphic Factors Affecting the Development of Sudden Death Syndrome in Soybean," Srour, et al. show the scientific community a new way of analyzing the soil to determine the incidence and the severity of SDS: by profiling not only the soil's physical and chemical properties, but the soil's microbes. 
 
milk, milk production
Cows milked by robots are calmer, research suggests 
 
Cows milked by robotic systems are much calmer than those milked in conventional milking parlour setups, according to one PhD student’s research. 
 
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Burleigh Dodds at Fourth International Horticulture Research Conference 
 
We've been delighted to be exhibiting at the Fourth International Horticulture Research Conference this week. Over the course of the event we've been sharing more information on our crops titles, particularly 'Achieving sustainable cultivation of tomatoes' and 'Achieving sustainable cultivation of apples'
 
Dr Kate Evans in The Guardian 
 
We were delighted to see Editor of our apples book, Dr Kate Evans, featured in an article on The Guardian website for her work on the 'cosmic crisp' apple. 
 
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The apples that need shading from the sun 
 
Everyone knows that too much sun is bad for them, but it's not just people who need to worry about sunburn. Too much heat is becoming a big problem for South African apple farmers. 
 
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Whole-genome sequenced rice mutant resource for the study of biofuel feedstocks 
 
The first whole-genome sequence of a mutant population of Kitaake, a model variety of rice, has now been reported by researchers 
 
British Tomato Week Winner receives prize 
 
We were delighted to be sent this photo from winner of our British Tomato Week competition, Paul Twigg, who received his prize of our newly released book, 'Achieving sustainable cultivation of tomatoes'
 
Congratulations again Paul, we hope you enjoy the book! 
 
 
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Image analysis and artificial intelligence will change dairy farming 
 
An early detection method for cow lameness (hoof disease), a major disease of dairy cattle, has now been developed from images of cow gait with an accuracy of 99 percent or higher by applying human gait analysis. 
 
Rice title featured online 
 
We're delighted to see that further information has been provided on our new title, 'Rice insect pests and their management', on the Global Plant Protection News website. 
 
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Potato virus pressure highest in 10 years 
 
Latest reports from AHDB Aphid News show that the number of aphids, which cause devastating potato viruses, are the highest recorded in the last 10 years. 
 
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Genetically engineered rice with high levels of iron and zinc is developed 
 
A transdisciplinary group of scientists has succeeded in increasing iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) levels in rice through biofortification - a breakthrough in the global fight against micronutrient deficiency or “hidden hunger.” Their research was recently published in Nature‘s Scientific Reports
 
Scientists find way to surgically strike out weeds that impede crop growth 
 
By using a combination of fumigants, scientists believe they can surgically strike out some weeds that otherwise get in the way of vegetable growth. Researchers say this will help growers as they try to manage pests in areas where they cause the most trouble. 
 
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Farming robots get to grips with weeding at Harper Adams 
 
Researchers at Harper Adams University in Shropshire are trying to sow, look after and then harvest a field of barley using only robots and autonomous vehicles. No humans are allowed into the pilot-plot at all. 
 
New antibiotic resistance genes found in soil microbes 
 
Farm soil harbors abundant genes related to antibiotic resistance in microbes, including some that have never been identified in human pathogens, according to a study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 
 
Unusual soybean colouration sheds a light on gene silencing 
 
Today's soybeans are typically golden yellow, with a tiny blackish mark where they attach to the pod. In a field of millions of beans, nearly all of them will have this look. Occasionally, however, a bean will turn up half-black, with a saddle pattern similar to a black-eyed pea. New research indicates why. 
 
Ten trends in academic publishing 
 
Our Editorial Director, Francis Dodds, has written a blog on the Independent Publishers Guild website, discussing key sector developments in the academic publishing industry. 
 
World Milk Day 2017 
 
Did you know that today is World Milk Day? Supported by the Global Dairy Platform, the event aims to celebrate the important contributions of the dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, livelihoods and nutrition. 
 
Archaeologists make rice discovery 
 
Chinese archaeologists in Shangshan have unearthed bits of rice from when it was first domesticated in China - nearly 10,000 years ago. 
 
Photo: Drop Farm 
Japan’s new approach to farming without soil 
 
A new innovative technology, developed by Dr Yuichi Mori of Mebiol, is making it possible to grow crops 'virtually anywhere'. 
 
British Tomato Week Competition 
 
Did you know this week is British Tomato Week? To celebrate, we're running a competition all week on our Twitter account to give one lucky follower the chance to win our recently published tomatoes book - all in partnership with the @British Tomato Growers Association! 
 
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Rice plant engineered with a ‘tunable’ immune system could fight multiple diseases at once 
 
Farmers are constantly spraying pesticides on their crops to combat an array of viral, bacterial, and fungal invaders. Most attempts to get around these chemicals so far confer protection against a single disease, but now researchers have developed a rice plant that fights multiple pathogens at once—without loss to the crop yield—by hooking up a tunable amplifier to the plant’s immune system. 
 
Celebrating Fascination of Plants Day 
 
Today (18th May), is Fascination of Plants Day and we've teamed up with the Global Plant Council to run a competition on Twitter to celebrate the day! 
 
We're offering one lucky follower the chance to win one of our books from our crops collection. 
 
British Tomato Week 
 
Next week is British Tomato Week, run by the British Tomato Growers' Association. We have a very exciting competition to be announced shortly to celebrate the week, stay tuned for further details soon! 
 
Farmers warn April's cold snap could lead to a shortage of British fruit 
 
April's chilly weather may lead to a UK-wide shortage of apples, pears and plums, farmers have revealed. 
A senior member of the National Farmers' Union (NFU) who grows her own apples has said last month's cold snap damaged many growers' fruit at a crucial point in development. 
 
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Pig behaviour linked to sanitary conditions and diets 
 
There is a connection between damaging behaviour in pigs, sanitary conditions and diet formulations. How exactly, was presented by Dutch researchers recently. 
 
Genetics to boost sugarcane production 
 
Scientists in Brazil are taking steps towards genetically modifying sugar cane so it produces more sucrose naturally, looking to eventually boost the productivity and economic benefits of the tropical grass. 
 
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UK crops at risk if neonicotinoids are restricted says new research from Rothamsted 
 
Production of UK crops is at risk if neonicotinoids are more widely restricted or banned completely, according to the agricultural science institute Rothamsted Research. 
 
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How agricultural technology can adapt in a warming world 
 
Climate-smart agriculture involves pursuing sustainable productivity increases while implementing climate adaptation strategies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve food security. Find out how climate-smart agriculture is being used across the globe today. 
 
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Why the future of dairy may begin with cows in headsets 
 
A recent study undertaken by Arla, Smart Dairy 2025, has explored the future of dairy production and consumption. 'Precision agriculture' is set to be a key driving force in the future of the industry, with even the opportunity of wearable tech for animals. 
 
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WPSA Spring Meeting, Poultry
Burleigh Dodds at the WPSA Spring Meeting 
 
Last week was host to the UK Branch, World Poultry Science Association's Spring Meeting. Burleigh Dodds had plenty of material for delegates to find out more about our poultry publications and also provided prizes, which were presented to the lucky winners at the event! 
 
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Secrets of tea plant revealed by science 
 
Botanists have unlocked the genetic secrets of the plant prized for producing tea. 
 
A team in China has decoded the genetic building blocks of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, whose leaves are used for all types of tea, including black, green and oolong. 
 
Managing herbicide resistance in soybeans 
 
Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator Nebraska Extension in Platte County, has offered his advice on timing and management practices that can help improve control of herbicide resistant weeds this year. 
 
Scientists turn to maths to protect cassava from pests 
 
Two researchers are using maths to protect cassava in Kenya from the crop’s biggest destroyer: whiteflies. 
 
Sat nav for bread wheat uncovers hidden genes 
 
Over two billion people worldwide rely on wheat as a staple food, but attempts to sequence its genome have been thwarted by its complexity. Scientists have now developed new methods, creating the most complete picture to date including over 20,000 genes completely absent from earlier assemblies or found only as fragments. 
 
Burleigh Dodds in Rice Today 
 
We're delighted to share that information on our upcoming rice titles can be found in the current issue of Rice Today! 
 
Modified sugarcane provides hope for future biofuel production 
 
Scientists have genetically engineered sugarcane to produce oil in leaves and stems to increase potential yield. 
 
The modified sugarcane also produces more sugar, providing raw materials for ethanol production. These dual purpose crops are estimated have double the profitability of corn per acre and more than five times that of soybeans. 
 
Good quality water: An essential nutrient for dairy cows 
 
An improved water quality leads to an increased milk production and better animal health in dairy cattle. However, water is often an overlooked nutrient. A new study looked at novel ways to remove the biofilm and microorganism from the drinking water system. 
 

News archive 

New lettuce genome assembly offers clues to success of huge plant family 
 
A treasure-trove of genetic information has been unlocked about lettuce and related plants, completing the first reported comprehensive genome assembly for lettuce and the massive Compositae plant family. 
 
Burleigh Dodds in Chronica Horticulturae 
 
We're delighted to see that our upcoming cassava titles have been covered in the latest issue of Chronica Horticulturae, run by the International Society for Horticultural Science
 
You can read further information by clicking on the image to the left. 
A 'bionic leaf' could help feed the world 
 
In the second half of the 20th century, an agricultural boom called the 'green revolution' was largely credited with averting a global food crisis. Now, the problem of feeding the world's growing population looms again. To help address the challenge, researchers have presented a 'bionic' leaf that uses bacteria, sunlight, water and air to make fertilizer in the very soil where crops are grown. 
 
Breakthrough for genomics in cereals as research sequences whole rye genome 
 
A team of German plant researchers have reported on a whole-genome draft sequence of the cereal rye. It has been called a breakthrough for comparative genomics in cereals and genome-based breeding for crop improvement. 
 
Burleigh Dodds at JPSA Meeting 
 
As a publisher we are based in the United Kingdom, but we know that the agricultural science community is global, meaning our titles are read across the globe. 
 
We were delighted to see that our latest poultry title, 'Achieving sustainable production of poultry meat, Volume 1' on display at a recent Japan Poultry Science Association (JPSA) meeting. 
 
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Robotics aid in the study of corn and drought tolerance 
 
In March 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the University of Missouri a $20 million grant as part of a multi-institutional consortium to study how corn maintains root growth during drought conditions. Using funding from the NSF, engineers on a multidisciplinary team have developed a robotic system that is changing the way scientists study crops and plant composition. 
 
New rice strain could help farmers predetermine harvest time 
 
A new strain of rice that flowers within a certain period of time after being sprayed with commercial chemicals commonly used to protect rice from fungal diseases is now available, say scientists. This new strain could one day allow rice farmers to dictate the timing of their harvest regardless of weather, temperature and other conditions that currently affect cultivation. 
 
We're delighted to see our two upcoming wheat publications, 'Achieving sustainable cultivation of wheat, Volumes 1 & 2', featured on the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) website. 
 
The IWGSC Leadership team contributed to a chapter on sequencing and assembly of the wheat genome. 
 
Dairy farmers should rethink a cow's curfew, says researchers 
 
Dairy cows housed indoors want to break curfew and roam free, suggests new research. The researchers said their findings support previous research that found public opinion of a good life for cattle involves outdoor grazing access. 
 
British Lion eggs launches lecture plan 
 
British Lion eggs, in association with Westminster Kingsway College, has created and launched a lecture plan to help catering students learn everything they need to know about sourcing, cooking and serving eggs and egg products. 
 
Agrimetrics brings potato yield model to the farmer's fingertips 
 
As consumer preferences for potatoes become more specific, the number of potatoes that a farmer can produce of the required size can have a big impact on the value of the crop. 
 
New enhancements to the NIAB CUF Potato Yield Model supported by Agrimetrics will enable farmers to get timely advice about predicted yield and crop value on their smartphones, tablets and other devices. 
 
GM pigs could help battle world swine disease 
 
Pigs which may be resilient to an infection costing the swine industry billions of pounds each year have been produced by scientists. 
 
Drones are what's next for plant breeders 
 
Crop breeders grow thousands of potential varieties at a time; until now, observations of key traits were made by hand. In a new study, unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, were used successfully to remotely evaluate and predict soybean maturity timing in tests of potential varieties. 
 
Enzymes aid rice plants’ arsenic defenses 
 
Scientists have identified enzymes that help rice plant roots tame arsenic, converting it into a form that can be pushed back into the soil. 
 
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Rapeseed meal could give pig finishers more flexibility 
 
Rapeseed meal could be used to replace soya bean meal entirely as a cheaper and more sustainable alternative source of protein in finisher pig diets, scientists have discovered. 
 
Quinoa genome accelerates solutions for food security 
 
An international team of scientists, including quinoa breeding experts from Wageningen University & Research, published the complete DNA sequence of quinoa – the food crop that is conquering the world from South America – in Nature magazine on 8 February 2017. 
 
Scientists’ gene-splicing tech creates TB-resistant cattle 
 
One of the biggest problems facing dairy farmers around the world could one day be a thing of the past. Scientists at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Shaanxi, China, have used 'cut and paste' gene editing technology to insert a new gene into a cow’s genetic codes, making them resistant to tuberculosis. 
 
 
Team discovers key to restoring great tomato flavour 
 
What's wrong with the supermarket tomato? Consumers say they lack flavour, so a University of Florida researcher led a global team on a mission to identify the important factors that have been lost and put them back into modern tomatoes. 
 
Genetically modified 'Arctic' apples hitting supermarket shelves 
 
The first genetically modified apple will be stocked on supermarket shops in the US this year. The 'Arctic Apple' is claimed to never turn brown once sliced. 
 
Bananas scientifically classed as berries 
 
Did you know that, scientifically speaking, the banana is a berry, but a strawberry isn't? 
 
Eggs associated with better brain test performance 
 
A Finnish study, published in the December 2016 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has concluded that moderate egg intake may have a beneficial association with certain areas of cognitive performance, according to the British Egg Information Service. 
 
Pig gene advance could boost sperm stocks from prized animals 
 
Gene-editing techniques could help to improve stocks of farmed pigs by boosting supplies of sperm from prized sires. 
 
Scientists develop new wheat-wheatgrass hybrid 
 
With a hybrid crop called Salish Blue, scientists at Washington State University have combined wheat and wheatgrass in a new species with the potential to help Pacific Northwest farmers and the environment. 
 
Warming world harming insects' reproduction, says study 
 
A warming world harms insects' ability to reproduce, which could have long-term consequences, scientists warn. 
 
Why mango trees drop immature fruits 
 
Did you know that mango, papaya and avocado trees, among others, all drop fruits prematurely? Find out the contributing factors as to why this in today's article. 
 
Peter Wilf, Penn State 
52-million-year-old relative of potatoes and tomatoes discovered in Patagonia 
 
Two fossils have been discovered by researchers that could be key to understanding how some of today's most common plants, such as potatoes and tomatoes, have evolved. 
 
Tropical biofuel crops can store more soil carbon than they release 
 
Two biofuel crops can, under the right conditions, store enough carbon in the soil to outweigh what is lost in production, making a real contribution to the fight against global warming. 
 
 
Think chicken—think intelligent, caring and complex 
 
There's more to the chicken than meets the eye according to Lori Marino, senior scientist for The Someone Project. The project is a joint venture of Farm Sanctuary and the Kimmela Center in the USA, where Marino reviewed the latest research about the psychology, behavior and emotions of the world's most abundant domestic animal. 
 
The dairy farm putting a fresh face on India's milk 
 
India is a huge consumer of milk, with it being used not only in products such as yoghurts and cheese, but a vast amount of Indian sweets too. Despite such a high consumption, much of India's milk is collected from small farms and is often impure and old by the time it reaches the consumer. One dairy farm is revolutionising their dairy production to offer fresher milk to consumers. 
 
Cow gene study shows why most clones fail 
 
It has been 20 years since Dolly the sheep was successfully cloned in Scotland, but cloning mammals remains a challenge. A new study by researchers from the U.S. and France of gene expression in developing clones now shows why most cloned embryos likely fail. 
 
Wheat crop yield can be increased by up to 20% using new chemical technology 
 
UK scientists have created a synthetic molecule that, when applied to crops, has been shown to increase the size and starch content of wheat grains in the lab by up to 20%. 
 
New wheat crops as an alternative to a gluten-free diet 
 
Great news for those with coeliac disease! Wheat, one of the most widely consumed grains in the world, contains gluten, a mixture of proteins that can be toxic for people with coeliac disease. A new study that analysed the toxic components of these proteins in various varieties of wheat makes the first step forward towards developing wheat-based products that are safe for coeliacs. 
 
A Japanese agri-business has successfully grown bananas using a freeze-thaw awakening method 
 
Japanese agribusiness D&T Farm’s has successfully grown bananas in a cold climate using a ‘freeze -thaw awakening’ method. 
 
D&T Farm’s lead technical researcher, Setsuzo Tanaka, told Nikkei that bananas grow in just four months inside an experimental plastic greenhouse in western Japan. 
 
'Climate smart' pulses are key to global food security: FAO 
 
'Climate smart' pulses are essential to global food security by delivering high-nutrition protein to people and critical nutrients to soil, said the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on World Soil Day. 
 
Gene editing yields tomatoes that flower and ripen weeks earlier 
 
Using a simple and powerful genetic method to tweak genes native to two popular varieties of tomato plants, a team at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has devised a rapid method to make them flower and produce ripe fruit more than 2 weeks faster than commercial breeders are currently able to do. 
 
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Tech boost for Asia’s rice sector 
 
A new initiative to provide rice breeders across the Asia Pacific region with advanced technologies is expected to help improve crop yields, sustainability and profitability in the vital agricultural sector. 
 
 
Cover crops provide weed management 
 
Cover crops may be able to suppress weeds in some cases, but that’s just one consideration producers should take into account when selecting cover crops for their farm fields, according to Kansas State University agronomists DeAnn Presley and Anita Dille. 
 
Rice plants defend themselves against arsenic, infections 
 
Some researchers are concerned about the health effects cultures that eat large amounts of rice face from arsenic. Arsenic naturally occurs in soil - a worry because if consumed in high levels, it can cause cancer and genetic damage. 
 
University of Delaware researchers have found groups of microbes in North American rice plants that can defend the rice plants against infections and reduce high arsenic levels. 
 
Bananas are going extinct - can we still save them? 
 
The Cavendish banana is now under attack by a fungus known as Tropical Race 4 (TR4) which has given rise to the Fusarium Wilt also known as the Panama disease. The disease hasn't reached this epidemic since the 1960s when at least $2.3 billion worth of bananas were wiped out. 
 
Jesse Winter 
Communication for climate-smart farming 
 
One of the ultimate injustices of climate change is that those who have contributed to it the least are those most vulnerable to its impacts. Highly dependent on small-scale and rainfed agriculture, sub-Saharan Africa stands to be struck severely by climatic instability. Thankfully, radio has immense power to help farmers adapt in the face of severe and unpredictable weather patterns. 
 
Finland creates animal protein feed from biogas 
 
The Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) has developed a solution for converting even small sources of methane-rich biogas into raw materials for animal feed or bioplastic on farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. 
 
Single enzyme controls two plant hormones 
 
Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis isolated an enzyme that controls the levels of two plant hormones simultaneously, linking the molecular pathways for growth and defense. 
 
The future of apple breeding may be hidden in ancient species 
 
Editor of our upcoming apples publications, Dr Kate Evans, has spoken to Northwest Public Radio about her recent research, which includes development of the upcoming Cosmic Crisp apple, and also working on breeding a variety of apples with resistance to fire blight. 
 
Birds, bees, and drones: The new face of Canadian agriculture 
 
A new generation is turning the traditional Canadian farm on end, moving into city spaces, creating new funding models and tackling food insecurity in the North. 
 
Using solar power and seawater to grow tomatoes in the desert 
 
At first glance, growing fruit in the desert sounds like an awfully good way to feed a mushrooming global population and adapt to the worst effects of climate change. And a farm in South Australia run by the greenhouse developer Sundrop Farms is doing just that, using solar power to desalinate water and grow tomatoes in the otherwise parched landscape. 
 
Tasmanian devil milk fights superbugs 
 
It has been revealed that the milk from Tasmanian devils has properties that appear to be able to kill hard-to-treat infections, such as MRSA. 
 
Biggest robot dairy in Asia setting up Japan’s milk revival 
 
In a country that relies increasingly on imported foods like cheese and butter, Japan’s milk output tumbled over two decades, touching a 30-year low in 2014. Costs rose faster than prices as the economy stagnated, eroding profit, and aging farmers quit the business because they could not find enough young people willing to take on the hard labor of tending to cows every day. Technology is now helping change this, breathing new life into the industry. 
 
Scientists unlock antioxidants in apples 
 
An Australian scientist has developed a natural method to extract the "holy grail" of antioxidants from apples to provide a potent dietary supplement. 
 
New species of dragonfly discovered in Brazil 
 
Scientists in Brazil have discovered a new species of dragonfly in the genus Erythrodiplax. The new species have some interesting features, which you can find out more on Entomology Today. 
 
14th International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics 
 
On Monday 26th September the 14th International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics gets underway and we're delighted to announce we have leaflets, posters and prizes at the event relating to our forthcoming Rice books edited by Prof. Takuji Sasaki. If you are attending the conference do look out for them. 
 
XXV International Congress of Entomology 
 
The 2016 XXV International Congress of Entomology starts next week and we're delighted to have Elvis 'Short' Heinrichs, contributing author to 'Rice insect pests and their management' in attendance. Short will be available to discuss our upcoming publication and provide further information to fellow delegates. 
 
Transgenic cotton plant resistant to common insect pest 
 
Insect damage to crops is a serious problem for farmers, consumers, and the economy at large. Genetic modification to common crops (like corn) has significantly reduced damage caused by insects that feed off plant leaves, but it has its limitations. One of these limitations is sap-sucking insects, which aren’t affected by the plants’ engineered insecticide. 
 
Feedback from WPC2016 
 
We were delighted to have two of our Editors, Professors Julie Roberts and Todd Applegate, in attendance at the World's Poultry Congress last week. Missed the event? Julie has given a brief summary of the event for you to catch up. 
 
John Innes Centre scientists create new training resource to break down barriers to wheat research 
 
Scientists from Dr Cristobal Uauy’s laboratory at the John Innes Centre (JIC) have developed a new open access online wheat training hub to support researchers currently working on wheat or hoping to make the transition to work on this important crop. 
 
Dutch poultry producers successfully cut campylobacter 
 
The percentage of chickens leaving the slaughterhouse with high Campylobacter levels has halved in the last few years, according to data presented by the Dutch Poultry Processing Industry Association (NEPLUVI) at a recent Campylobacter Congress meeting. 
 
Scientists find new system in tomato's defense against bacterial speck disease 
 
Researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and Virginia Tech have discovered a new mechanism in the continual arms race between plants and pathogenic bacteria, which tomatoes use to detect the causal agent of bacterial speck disease. 
 
Science helping local livestock industry be world leader, says NI's agriculture minister 
 
Opening the 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, the Minister told the 1,400 delegates she has ambitious hopes for the local livestock sector and was looking to science to help support policy and innovation. 
 
Scientists hope new varieties can start Africa rice revolution 
 
The first hybrid rice varieties developed in sub-Saharan Africa are yielding up to four times more than other improved varieties, say scientists, who are using web-based tools to identify the right climate conditions to maximise harvests. 
 
DNA of 6,000-year-old barley reveals its secrets 
 
Barley grains from the Chalcolithic period 6,000 years ago have become the oldest plant genome ever to be sequenced, announced a team of Israeli and international researchers in the journal Nature Genetics. 
 
Booming demand for algal EPA-fortified eggs in China 
 
Eggs fortified with EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are developing quite a demand among middle and upper-class consumers in China, with retailors in major cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen merchandising this egg at up to 10 times the price of an ordinary egg. 
 
Clinical trials have demonstrated that EPA can improve blood circulation and reduce the formation of blood clots, among many other positive attributes. 
 
Egypt to cultivate digital data from agricultural sector 
 
A program that will provide electronic “smart cards” to Egypt’s farmers aims to eliminate administrative corruption within the Ministry of Agriculture, prevent its employees from tampering with paper documents and ensure that subsidies reach the proper recipients. 
 
Burleigh Dodds featured in Cambridge News 
 
BDS Publishing are delighted to be featured in the Cambridge News, where the launch of the Company is reported in the 'Movers & Shakers' coverage. 
 
The Cambridge News is a daily newspaper that covers the county of Cambridgeshire and has a distribution of over 20,000 copies every day. 
 
BDS Publishing featured in EADT 
 
Our work to solve some of the worlds greatest challenges has been reported on in the East Anglian Daily Times. 
 
The EADT is based in Ipswich in Suffolk and is distributed across the county as well as in Norfolk and Essex. It has a daily circulation of just under 30,000. 
 
The EADT has a regular farming supplement which reported on the work of Burleigh Dodds and which is read by agricultural experts across the East of England.