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Plantain and banana micropropagation project goes to MIT

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

A plantain and banana seeds micropropagation project, developed by students at the Interamerican University in Barranquitas, was among 33 selected for the MIT Solve competition, which seeks solutions to global challenges.

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Puerto Ricans protest against Monsanto and transgenic seeds

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Dozens of people participated in the Fifth World March against Monsanto and Transgenic Seeds. This event was to protest the claimed environmental and health harms produced by agricultural biotechnology.

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Agricultural Sciences defend the value of their research

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Leadership from the College of Agricultural Sciences (CCA) at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus, defended the value of the Extended Agricultural Service (SEA) and the Experimental Agricultural Station (EEA) against the attacks on the role of these entities, whose mission is to promote agriculture, research and community service for Puerto Rican families.

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Agricultural genetics: A science tool to explore in Puerto Rico’s new age of agriculture

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For around 10,000 years since the origin of agriculture in the Neolithic, modern humans had been using artificial selection for the improvement of crops and livestock. Previous to that period of time, humans had to live on what they found in the wild by hunting, fishing, and collecting seeds and roots to eat. In this context, Neolithic represents to human history the shift from a hunting-gathering economy to the direct production of food. 

Local production of pineapples at risk

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Deborah Rodriguez

José Zamora, a researcher from the Agriculture Extension Service at the University of Puerto Rico, warns about the risk of importing pineapple seeds from Costa Rica due to the possible presence of the fungus Fusarium Oxysporum which could terminate local pineapple production. 

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Students confirm the negative effects of using pesticides in agriculture

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A group of students from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey carried out a research project to examine the effect of excessive use of pesticides in agriculture. Their research confirmed the negative impact of these substances to health and the natural environment. 

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Agricultural biotechnology sprouting roots

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Antonio R. Gómez

The agricultural biotechnology industry in Puerto Rico is solid and growing and ready to face the competition from other jurisdictions, said the Puerto Rico Agriculture Biotecnology Industrial Association (Prabia). The companies that integrate this consortium are AgReliant Genetics, Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer, Illinois Crop Improvement Association, Monsanto and Syngenta.

 

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NSF grants award to RUM

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $4 million grant to the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez to research and identify new technologys that lead to sustainable agricultural practices, renewable energy sources and better water and soil quality.

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