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BIOPRODUCTS UPDATE

Articles posted August 19th 2019
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Brazilian researchers turn dairy, rice and passion fruit waste into breakfast cereal

August 19, 2019

Brazilian food scientists have transformed broken rice grains, passion fruit peel flour and whey protein into a high-protein, high-fiber extruded breakfast cereal with a naturally sweet caramel flavor.


Chinese researchers develop new type of high-yielding rapeseed

August 19, 2019

Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences researchers have designed a variety of rapeseed that, by harvest time, results in an increased number of seed pods, more branches and reduced height. The team eliminated the rapeseed's BnaMAX1s gene through CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing, leading to a per-plant output increase of around 30%.


Compost key to sequestering carbon in the soil

August 19, 2019

In a 19-year study, scientists dug roughly 6 feet down to compare soil carbon changes in different cropping systems. They found that compost is a key to storing carbon, a strategy for offsetting carbon dioxide emissions.


Discovery could pave the way for disease-resistant rice crops

August 19, 2019

Researchers have uncovered an unusual protein activity in rice that can be exploited to give crops an edge in the evolutionary arms race against rice blast disease, a major threat to rice production around the world.


Discovery of a bottleneck relief may have a major impact in food crops

August 19, 2019

Scientists have found how to relieve a bottleneck in the process by which plants transform sunlight into food, which may lead to an increase in crop production.


From dumpster to diesel: How a pilot project in Whitby is turning plastic waste into fuel

August 19, 2019

A pilot project in Whitby, Ont., is using technology to give plastic waste a second life by turning it into fuel.


From farm to fridge? Making cling wrap from canola straw

August 19, 2019

University of Alberta researchers have discovered a method for making cling wrap from canola straw, creating a biopolymer that could be used in medical applications as well as food packaging. Typically, canola straw left over from a canola crop is an underutilized waste residue.


Rapid adoption of artificial intelligence in agriculture

August 19, 2019

Agriculture is seeing rapid adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), both in terms of agricultural products and in-field farming techniques.


With New Perennial Grain, a Step Forward for Eco-Friendly Agriculture

August 19, 2019

A cereal and beers are now being made with a new variety of perennial grain known as Kernza. Proponents say this marks a significant advance for a new agriculture that borrows from the wild prairie and could help ensure sustainable food production in a warming world.