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Wageningen trial field in Belgium damaged
Activists from the Field Liberation Movement (FLM) destroyed a field of cis-gene potatoes grown for tests by Wageningen UR, in Wetteren in Belgium on 29 May.
All diseases and pests in a single database
Researchers and plant breeding companies aim to find the genes responsible for one plant's resistance to all diseases and pests. The project started last Friday.
Knowing your onions: some thrive on less phosphate
Onions need large amounts of phosphate to grow well, but Wageningen researchers have found an onion that thrives on very little phosphate. Once this ingredient of artificial fertil...
Plant Sciences looks for plan B for Prota
Ernst van den Ende, director of the Plant Sciences Group, is looking for alternatives to avoid retrenchment at Prota. 'The reorganization procedures are in progress, but I wouldn't...
Plant Sciences wants to close down Prota
The management council of the Plant Sciences Group has announced that retrenchment will take place at Prota, the institute which dispenses information on seven thousand useful plan...
Timing is crucial in rice farming in Sahel
Rice farmers in Senegal will get a much bigger harvest if they sow at the right time. Rice plants are easily affected by the Sahel climate, typified by big temperature swings.
Alga produces food supplement under stress
The single cell alga Dunaliella salina can produce large amounts of the nutritive orange pigment, beta-carotene. But it only does this under great stress, as the doctoral research ...
Gene transfer makes fungi harmful
Pathogenic fungi do spontaneously what organizations such as Greenpeace dread: they exchange genes or even complete chromosomes with other fungi species. So says an article in FEMS...
Turkish tomato greenhouse gets geothermal heating
Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture will set up an ultramodern greenhouse in Turkey, together with Dutch greenhouse builders and contractors. Geothermal energy will be used there...
Gene for drought tolerance is worth money
The Plant Sciences Group has entered into a licensing agreement with the French biotechnology firm Biogemma. The French are going to use a gene patented by PSG to increase drought ...