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Meet Cape Town's 'Dr Biltong' - Times LIVE

Mon, 2017-03-13 15:14

Times LIVE

Meet Cape Town's 'Dr Biltong'
Times LIVE
Maxine Jones will receive her doctorate in food science from Stellenbosch University on Tuesday evening, making her first person with a PhD based exclusively on scientific research into making consistently good quality, delicious biltong. ... Her ...

Unlocking the Power of African Soil Microbes - Scientific American (blog)

Mon, 2017-03-13 13:04

Scientific American (blog)

Unlocking the Power of African Soil Microbes
Scientific American (blog)
Farmers are using these products to boost crop productivity, increase yields and strengthen the resilience and ability to plants to deal with multiple stressors that are associated with the changing climate. Indeed, microbial inoculants are positively ...

ABC's 2016 Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award Granted to Her Excellency Ameenah ... - PR Newswire (press release)

Mon, 2017-03-13 07:02

ABC's 2016 Norman R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award Granted to Her Excellency Ameenah ...
PR Newswire (press release)
Gurib-Fakim leads her country as an advocate for African medicinal plants, and has made valuable contributions to the knowledge of the medicinal properties of plants growing on Mauritius and the surrounding islands in the Indian Ocean. ABC presents the ...

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Food disaster imminent as experts hint at armyworm invasion - Daily Nation

Sun, 2017-03-12 18:58

Daily Nation

Food disaster imminent as experts hint at armyworm invasion
Daily Nation
The scientists said the solution lay in the government allowing the planting of a variety of maize that is resistant to the fall army worm. This follows a move by the government to reject an application by local researchers who wanted clearance to ...

S. Africa Proposes Law to Legalize Some Trade in Rhino Horn - Voice of America

Sat, 2017-03-11 04:24

Voice of America

S. Africa Proposes Law to Legalize Some Trade in Rhino Horn
Voice of America
The bill has support but has angered animal rights groups. ... South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs proposes that any sale will include the full details of the buyer and seller, a permit and the genetic profile information of each horn ...

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How an Ohio State professor will save East Africa $1.25 billion dollars: BTN LiveBIG - Big Ten Network

Fri, 2017-03-10 19:31

Big Ten Network

How an Ohio State professor will save East Africa $1.25 billion dollars: BTN LiveBIG
Big Ten Network
If the efforts of an Ohio State University professor are successful, she'll save the East African economy $1.25 billion dollars in lost revenue by focusing on a little-known (in the U.S., at least) plant called the cassava. ... According to The Ohio ...

Genetic Tweak Could Help Save Millions of Tons of Corn From Deadly Toxin - Seeker

Fri, 2017-03-10 19:28

Seeker

Genetic Tweak Could Help Save Millions of Tons of Corn From Deadly Toxin
Seeker
Tests of corn kernels the team modified show no other RNA molecules that differed from kernels of non-modified plants, but more study would be needed to make sure it produced no side effects in the rest of the plant — or in any animals that consumed it.
UA researcher turns off a potent corn toxin that stunts childhood growth, causes liver diseaseArizona Daily Star
This small molecule could have a big future in global food securityPhys.Org
Maize engineered to silence deadly toxins in poisonous mould ...New Scientist
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Tracking Wildlife for Science Could Actually Help Poachers - National Geographic

Fri, 2017-03-10 05:32

National Geographic

Tracking Wildlife for Science Could Actually Help Poachers
National Geographic
Now researchers warn that cyber criminals might set their sights on another target: animal tracking data. Scientists have ... Researchers in South Africa, for instance, have implanted GPS trackers in the horns of rhinos so that they can help save them ...

Scientists to detail progress and challenges regarding global cassava threats at meetings in Nigeria - Marketwired (press release)

Fri, 2017-03-10 00:02

Scientists to detail progress and challenges regarding global cassava threats at meetings in Nigeria
Marketwired (press release)
IBADAN, NIGERIA--(Marketwired - March 09, 2017) - The world's top cassava experts will gather in Nigeria to report progress on developing new varieties of cassava with higher yield and nutritional content. The meeting will take place on March 14-16, at ...

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Arrests 'big step' in chimp trade battle - BBC News

Thu, 2017-03-09 18:16

BBC News

Arrests 'big step' in chimp trade battle
BBC News
A series of dramatic arrests of notorious wildlife traffickers is being hailed as "one big step" against the illegal trade in baby chimpanzees. Last weekend one of the most prolific animal dealers in West Africa was found and detained in Guinea. Prior ...

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Animal testing law halts Ebola vax trial - Cosmos

Thu, 2017-03-09 15:03

Cosmos

Animal testing law halts Ebola vax trial
Cosmos
Estimates suggest that as many as one-third of Africa's wild great apes have been wiped out by Ebola in the past 30 years. With the aim of protecting the remaining populations, a team of scientists in the US and UK have concluded safety trials of a ...
Ebola vaccine promising in chimps but may never be used | New ...New Scientist
Ebola vaccine for great apes shows promise, but ethical hurdles ...Science Magazine
An Edible Vaccine For Wild Apes Could Revolutionize the Way We ...Gizmodo

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Why the research into climate change in Africa is biased, and why it matters - Washington Post

Thu, 2017-03-09 13:08

Washington Post

Why the research into climate change in Africa is biased, and why it matters
Washington Post
My research finds that scholars studying the effects of climate change have devoted roughly the same amount of attention to Kenya and South Africa — two countries with a combined population of 99 million — as to 29 other African countries, whose ...

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Energy to go - the world's smallest hydropower plant - Deutsche Welle

Thu, 2017-03-09 11:37

Deutsche Welle

Energy to go - the world's smallest hydropower plant
Deutsche Welle
Sick of your phone running out of battery? Now you can use a mini water turbine to charge it up! With the invention already a success in India, the German engineer behind it now has his sights set on the African market.

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How Female Scientists Are Fighting Malnutrition - Huffington Post

Wed, 2017-03-08 20:31

Huffington Post

How Female Scientists Are Fighting Malnutrition
Huffington Post
Congress recently passed a pair of laws aimed at encouraging women and girls to pursue careers in science and technology — a little-noticed move here in the U.S. that could have positive long-term ripple effects throughout the world. This is because ...

Fear used to manage pests - Nature.com

Wed, 2017-03-08 17:53

Fear used to manage pests
Nature.com
The number of nuisance geese on a South African golf course can be controlled by exploiting the birds' fear of predators. Alex Atkins at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology in Cape Town, South Africa, and his colleagues studied ...

Africa: Could 'Resurrection' Crops Survive Drought and Feed a ... - AllAfrica.com

Wed, 2017-03-08 07:47

Africa: Could 'Resurrection' Crops Survive Drought and Feed a ...
AllAfrica.com
Could harnessing the power of "resurrection plants" - with the ability to survive severe water shortages for years - hold the secret to feeding a hungry planet?

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Rare White Rhino Killed for Coveted Horn at French Zoo - Live Science

Tue, 2017-03-07 21:51

Live Science

Rare White Rhino Killed for Coveted Horn at French Zoo
Live Science
The animal's second, smaller horn was cut but not fully removed, which suggests that the poachers left in a hurry, police told reporters. ... "I was a bit surprised, but at the same time, it sort of seems like the next step in the crisis," Sieffert ...
Rare white rhino killed after brazen zoo attack by poachersNEWS.com.au
Rhino shot dead by poachers at French zooThe Guardian

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Using the “Natural History Large Hadron Collider” to tell us about ... - BMC Blogs Network (blog)

Tue, 2017-03-07 16:40

BMC Blogs Network (blog)

Using the “Natural History Large Hadron Collider” to tell us about ...
BMC Blogs Network (blog)
A study published today in BMC Biology uses the RAINBIO dataset, a database of herbarium specimens, to analyze African plant diversity. In this blog we invited ...

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Using the “Natural History Large Hadron Collider” to tell us about ... - BMC Blogs Network (blog)

Tue, 2017-03-07 16:40

BMC Blogs Network (blog)

Using the “Natural History Large Hadron Collider” to tell us about ...
BMC Blogs Network (blog)
A study published today in BMC Biology uses the RAINBIO dataset, a database of herbarium specimens, to analyze African plant diversity. In this blog we invited ...

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FEATURE-Could "resurrection" crops survive drought and feed a hungry planet? - Reuters

Tue, 2017-03-07 10:06

FEATURE-Could "resurrection" crops survive drought and feed a hungry planet?
Reuters
CAPE TOWN, March 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Could harnessing the power of "resurrection plants" - with the ability to survive severe water shortages for years - hold the secret to feeding a hungry planet? Jill Farrant, a biology professor at Cape ...