August 08, 2013

08/08/2013: NCGA membership tops 40,000; Rentokil launches pestaurant; new rice gene could triple yields

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) recently announced that membership has topped the 40,000 mark, signaling deep and continued support for the 56-year-old national agriculture association.

“We’re thrilled at what this new milestone means and we salute the hard work of our membership recruiters, state and national staff, and all who have helped build this into such a respected and strong grassroots association,” said Pam Johnson, NCGA president.
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To celebrate 85 years in the pest control business, Rentokil is launching its own 'pestaurant'. On August 15, 2013, from 10:30am in the One New Change building in London, UK, diners can feast on sweet chilli pigeon burgers, wasabi weaver ants, BBQ grasshoppers and chocolate flavoured dipped bugs. 

Rentokil representatives will also be on hand to discuss the best ways to deal with pests that are still alive.
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As well as serving up the exotic cuisine, which is all free, Retokil experts will also be on hand to answer any pest questions as well as pass on their ‘top tips’ for avoiding pest problems.
Read more at http://www.thedrum.com/stuff/2013/08/07/rentokil-celebrates-85-year-heritage-pop-pestaurant#jGhH7hFZmWb61pyZ.99
In Nature Genetics this week, Japanese researchers presented a study on a gene that gives rice plants deeper roots and could subsequently triple yields during droughts. 

The study shows that by pointing roots down instead of sideways, the Deeper Rooting 1 (DRO1) gene results in roots that are nearly twice as deep as those of standard rice varieties. 

"If rice adapts to or avoids drought conditions using deeper roots, it can get water and nutrients from the deep soil layers," said Yusaku Uga, researcher at Japan's National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS) and the study's lead author.
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A weaver ant worker retrieving a small prey
A weaver ant worker retrieving a small prey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



As well as serving up the exotic cuisine, which is all free, Retokil experts will also be on hand to answer any pest questions as well as pass on their ‘top tips’ for avoiding pest problems.
Read more at http://www.thedrum.com/stuff/2013/08/07/rentokil-celebrates-85-year-heritage-pop-pestaurant#jGhH7hFZmWb61pyZ.99
As well as serving up the exotic cuisine, which is all free, Retokil experts will also be on hand to answer any pest questions as well as pass on their ‘top tips’ for avoiding pest problems.
Read more at http://www.thedrum.com/stuff/2013/08/07/rentokil-celebrates-85-year-heritage-pop-pestaurant#jGhH7hFZmWb61pyZ.9http://www.scidev.net/global/farming/news/rice-gene-digs-deep-to-triple-yields-in-drought.html








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