June 10, 2013

10/06/2013: Grain transit begins through Bangladesh; Parasite-resistant maize; feed supplement for cattle

Transporting grain for the mountainous northeastern states via Bangladesh has begun.

After getting the green signal from Dhaka, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) had initiated the process to transport food grain and essentials using the Bangladeshi river port and the roadways connected to the northeastern states.

A Kenyan scientist has developed two new varieties of hybrid maize that are resistant to the deadly parasitic Striga weed.

The weed affects cereal crops in many parts of Africa and is a major cause of crop failure in East Africa, where climate change has been driving its spread.

Jim Drouillard, professor of animal sciences and industry at Kansas State University, has come up with a way to help livestock producers stimulate growth of cattle and horses.

According to a recent news release from K-State, a feed supplement developed by Drouillard has been patented. 

Read more here: http://blogs.kansas.com/business/2013/06/07/ksu-research-leads-to-patent-for-feed-supplement-for-cattle/#storylink=cpy

Striga infestation in maize field
Striga infestation in maize field (Photo credit: IITA Image Library)

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