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November 22, 2014

All about Grape – Introduction and Importance

History The cultivation of the domesticated grape began 6,000–8,000 years ago in the Near East. The earliest archeological evidence for a dominant position of wine-making in human culture dates from 8,000 years ago in Georgia. Yeast, one of the earliest domesticated microorganisms, occurs naturally on the skins of grapes, leading to the innovation of alcoholic drinks such as wine. The earliest known production occurred around 8,000 years ago on the territory of Georgia. During an…

How to Maximizing cauliflower production

by Muhammad Amjad Ali Vegetable crops are the eminent source of human nutrition.  Among the vegetables cauliflower is of much importance and cultivated about all over the year. It is a ‘Cole crop’ grown world wide for its head which is also called ‘curd’. It is a nutritious vegetable crop in the fact that unripe heads contain 7-10% dry mass, 4% carbohydrate, 2-3% protein, 60 mg vitamin C/100 g and other vitamins as well as minerals in traces. Pakistan is a large producer of…

Plant Based Nutrients vs Animal Based Nutrients

EVOLVE - Many people think that eating solely plant based food is not healthy and are still convinced that meat, dairy, fish and eggs are necessary part of our diet. Often when they learn that somebody is vegan; the immediate reaction is to question how on earth they get their nutrients from plants. Infact eating varied diet containing plenty of fruites, vegetables, nuts and seeds and wholegrains, it is extremly easy to get all the nutrients we reqired and more goodness besides with added…

Farmers reject proposed Seed Amendment Bill 2014

Saturday, 22 November 2014 - BR Report - Sustainable Agriculture Action Group (SAAG) strongly opposes the process that federal government followed to approve the proposed Seed Amendment Bill 2014 and Plant Breeders' Rights Act. In a press conference held here on Friday, representatives from farmers' network and civil society argued against certain provisions of the amendment bill 2014 particularly those related to seed breeding. Dr Shahida Zia, a representative from Sustainable…

New Breeding Strategy Found: Fully-Formed Froglets Emerge From Bamboo

November 21, 2014 | by Janet Fang Researchers have just discovered the novel breeding strategy of a critically endangered (previously assumed extinct) frog: mating and laying eggs in live bamboo. Until now, no other frog has been known to do this. And these “direct developing” eggs hatch into tiny froglets—no tadpole stage here. The findings were published in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society last month. Frogs and toads have at least 40 known life strategies to increase…

Suicidal Bee With No Stinger Bites Down Until It Dies

November 21, 2014 | by Janet Fang Worker insects often exhibit extreme self-sacrificial behaviors—such as defending their nest to the death—when both genetic relatedness and benefits to the colony are high. But what if you’re a bee without a stinger? They may lack the traditional defenses of honeybees, but stingless bees have evolved a new self-destructive behavior to protect their home: They engage in suicidal biting when a predator intrudes, according to a new study published in…

Barren turned green: Pakistan Agriculture

November 22, 2014 - Future of Agriculture - The Nation published an amazing news item in its issue of November 17 that Pakistani scientists are working in the field of Biosaline Agriculture to grow wheat, maize, rice and other crops by using sea water. This was disclosed by Prof. Dr. Attaur Rahman, President Pakistan Academy of Sciences, while delivering a lecture at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences University of Karachi. During my service in the Pakistan…

Moot on role of migration and remittances

* PARC chairman says new knowledge and skill development programmes are neede November 22, 2014 ISLAMABAD: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) and Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) have jointly organised a roundtable workshop on the role of migration and remittances in the climate change adaptation policy in Pakistan. They discussed the…

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