The world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. China and India, the two largest countries in the world, have populations totalling around one billion. In four years, by 2022, India is predicted to have the largest population in the world, surpassing China.
Enza Zaden has purchased the range of broccoli varieties and the broccoli breeding programme of the American company R&D AG, Inc. This international vegetable breeding company’s portfolio comprises 23 crops, including Brassica.
Corn the focus as company commits $100 million over 10-years to develop earlier relative maturity (RM) corn hybrids
The western Canadian agricultural landscape could look markedly different in ten years as breeding and technology gains in corn give western Canadian farmers the option to plant a crop they haven’t traditionally considered in their crop rotation plans.
Virtually all the corn grown in Texas was developed in the Midwest. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing — hybrids developed in the Corn Belt yield well, and most of them stand up fairly well in Texas summers.
It makes sense, too, that the major corn seed companies would concentrate efforts where most of the corn is grown, and market those hybrids to the rest of the corn-producing areas.
Drought resistance is the key to large-scale production of Jatropha, a potential biofuel plant -- and an international group of scientists has identified the first step toward engineering a hardier variety.
Jatropha has seeds with high oil content. But the oil's potential as a biofuel is limited because, for large-scale production, this shrub-like plant needs the same amount of care and resources as crop plants.