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The Telegraph

Scientists are creating a “super potato”, fortified with iron and zinc, in a bid to tackle malnutrition in developing countries. Potato is a staple crop in many parts of the world and researchers at the International Potato Centre (CIP) in Peru believe that a biofortified variety could have an important role to play in improving diets.


A new watermelon line, developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Clemson University scientists, gets to the root of the problem of a major disease and pest of watermelon crops in the southern United States.

The New York Times

Farmers and plant breeders are in a race against time. The world population is growing rapidly, requiring ever more food, but the amount of cultivable land is limited. Warmer temperatures have extended growth seasons in some areas — and brought drought and pests to others.

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

Male piglets are castrated to improve the quality of meat for consumers, but this practice is also a concerning animal welfare issue, as it is usually performed without pain management. Recombinetics/Acceligen and Hendrix Genetics successfully used a genome editing method to create swine that remain in a pre-pubertal state, thus eliminating the need for surgical castration.


At the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and AgTech in Des Moines, Iowa, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemist Gordon Selling today reported on his group's use of steam-jet cooking and other processing methods to create a starch-vegetable-oil-based complex with a variety of useful properties.

Agrofy News

The province of Mendoza is well known for its wines, but also for its great fruit production. But to be a power, this regional economy had to fight the main threat of crops: the mediterranean fruit fly. The Institute of Agricultural Health and Quality Mendoza (ISCAMEN) developed the autocidal method, that allows controlling the pest with the pest itself.