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.
The Inaugural PBA National Pulse Conference with the theme “Expanding horizons” aims to focus attention on how we can meet the Pulse Breeding Australia objective of expanding pulse production to more than 15% of the total cropping area. The conference will feature at least two international speakers who have made outstanding contributions to the pulse industry.
The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy is a premium professional certificate program offered in the USA, Europe and Asia. To date, the program has been attended by 114 breeders from over 50 organizations representing 26 countries thus making it the most significant program of its kind.