The proposal of the Holland-based company, Royal Van der Have, to set up a 100 per cent foreign-owned firm to conduct research in Indian seeds and develop new varieties has been rejected by India's

Some wheat hybrids developed in India's agricultural universities are exceptionally good at keeping birds away

INDIAN scientists are trying to breed oilseed varieties with a lower content of harmful fatty acids and sulphur compounds. Says deputy director general for horticulture of the Indian

VIRUSES plaguing crops may soon meet their nemesis in what may be described as kamikaze genes residing in carnations. Martin Hartley of the University of Warwick has inserted into the

SCIENTISTS at the Manila-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have developed a rice plant that can yield 25 per cent more than existing varieties. The new variety, evolved by

For ages, Indian farmers have practised ecofriendly farming by using local resources to improve soil fertility and control pests and diseases. However, with the Green Revolution, along with the high-yielding varieties, synthetic fertilisers and pesticides

THE FLOODING that inundated much of midwest USA in mid-July turned a timid tributary in Iowa into a raging torrent, transforming a nearby transgenic test plot into a small part of a giant river

CHEMICALLY treated tamarind seeds can provide an adhesive stronger than those commercially available, claim scientists of the College of Agricultural Engineering, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University,

A computerised up-to-date information system will soon replace cumbersome files and harassed information officers at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The computerised information

Promising initial tests of new rice strains with high potential for farmers have spurred biotechnologists to press ahead with the search for transgenic rice strains that are disease resistant