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The INTA Bordenave - Buenos Aires Plant Improvement and Plant Quality group presented a new variety of white oats: INTA Pigeon. It is a long-cycle cultivar that stands out for its excellent forage quality, with very good regrowth capacity and high growth rate in the middle of winter.

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Today’s agriculture has some fundamental challenges ahead. Climate change is already upon us, we’re amidst a global decline in biodiversity and have to produce enough food for a growing population.

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Slowly but surely, a spidery machine about the size of a golf cart swings an electrode over a tray of plants. Every few seconds there is a small puff of smoke as a weed keels over, having been zapped with a high voltage.

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For more than 30 years, CIRAD and CATIE have been contributing through their joint projects to improving the quality of life of rural populations in Central America. A partnership based on issues that have become critical for the region – climate change, natural resource management, development linked to cocoa- and coffee-based farming systems.

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Polyphenol oxidases (PPO) are responsible for the process known as enzymatic browning - they alter the color, taste and texture of the tuber.

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In Nepal, it takes at least a year to collate the demand and supply of a required type and quantity of seed. A new digital seed information system is likely to change that, as it will enable all value chain actors to access information on seed demand and supply in real time.