Brown Chemist Finds Gray Mold’s Killer Gene

Gray mold is a gardener’s nightmare. The fungus, also known by its scientific name Botrytis cinerea, is a scourge to more than 200 agricultural and ornamental plant species, including staples such as tomatoes, strawberries, snap and lima beans, cabbage, lettuce and endive, peas, peppers, and potatoes. Gray mold envelops its target in a velvety vise, […]

UNICEF Steps Up Its Emergency Response To The Mozambique Floods

UNICEF is stepping up its emergency response in Mozambique as the country is bracing itself for widespread flooding due to weeks of heavy rains in Southern Africa. A significant increase in water levels in the Zambezi, Pungue, Buzi and Save rivers has prompted the Mozambican disaster management agency to declare the highest level of alert […]

Handling Pesticides Associated With Greater Asthma Risk In Farm Women

New research on farm women has shown that contact with some commonly used pesticides in farm work may increase their risk of allergic asthma. “Farm women are an understudied occupational group,” said Jane Hoppin, Sc.D., of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and lead author of the study. “More than half the women in […]

USDA Opens New Agricultural Trade Office In China

The U.S. Department of Agriculture opened a new agricultural trade office in Chengdu, the capital of southwest China’s province of Sichuan. Chengdu is China’s fifth most populated city in a region of nearly 200 million people. “China is a vital market for U.S. agricultural products,” said A. Ellen Terpstra, Undersecretary for USDA’s Farm and Foreign […]

New Model Revises Estimates Of Terrestrial Carbon Dioxide Uptake

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new model of global carbon and nitrogen cycling that will fundamentally transform the understanding of how plants and soils interact with a changing atmosphere and climate. The new model takes into account the role of nitrogen dynamics in influencing the response of terrestrial ecosystems to climate […]

Canada Leading By Example – Baird Announces New Funding For Adaptation On Climate Change

Canada’s Environment Minister, John Baird, took action at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Indonesia. Canada will invest $85.9 million over four years to help Canadians respond to climate change. Minister Baird was joined at the announcement by Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and one of Canada’s Eminent Advisors to the […]

Complex Carbon Picture Clearer

Study shows that more plant litter resulting from higher CO2 could boost the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere A new study looks at a poorly understood process with potentially critical consequences for climate change. Emma Sayer, postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Jennifer Powers, an assistant professor in the University of […]

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed In Toronto

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Toronto, Ontario. Located in the vicinity of Sheppard Avenue East and Highway 404, the infested trees were first detected by Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources staff. This is the first find of the pest in the Toronto area. […]

Scientists In Spain Develop A Panel Of Genetic Markers For Tracing Meat From Farm To Fork

Scientists at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain, have developed and validated an identity test that can be used to confirm the breed and origin of meat from farm animals. The test was developed in collaboration with Applied Biosystems (NYSE:ABI), an Applera Corporation business, and uses a number of specific genetic markers to identify individual […]

Minister Ritz Statement On USDA Decision To Lift Heightened Inspection Of Canadian Meat Exports

The Government of Canada is pleased that the United States Department of Agriculture is returning to standard testing levels for Canadian beef, pork and poultry products. Thanks to the cooperation between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and USDA officials, our American counterparts have confirmed that special testing measures are no longer necessary. Last week, while […]