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Gene discovery could help prevent disease affecting 10% of world crops
Dr Hoan Dinh, AusAID scholar and PhD student at the University of Sydney, found and defined the sequence of a gene responsible for
8 June 2022 by IdeaSpies

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Solving the Threat to Global Wheat Supply
President Biden is requesting $500 million for the farm  industry in  order to encourage U.S. wheat farmers to double crop their fields due to global grain price surges . USDA  estimates it will help U.S. farmers replenish  up to 50% of the wheat typically exported  from Ukraine onto the global market. This will also  lower food costs for American consumers. The request includes about $100 million to pay for a $10 per acre incentive to farmers . This payment   through crop insurance premiums  will be  for a soybean crop planted after a winter wheat crop in 2023. Photo April Chepovskygold
5 June 2022 by April Chepovs...

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A Global Citizen Project Protecting Plants From Disease and Pests
Accurate identification of a cultivated plant is helpful in knowing how it grows and protects it from pests and diseases.&n
21 May 2022 by April Chepovs...

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Robot Hives to Keep Bees Buzzing
More than 70 percent of crops, including almost all fruits, vegetables, oilseeds, spices, coffee and cocoa are dependent on pollinators such as bees. They function as normal hives, but apiaries built at a kibbutz in Israel’s Galilee are decked out with high-tech artificial intelligence systems set to ensure longevity for these vital pollinators. The hives feature a multi-purpose robot that does everything from monitor the bees to adjust the habitat and provide them with care. The startup hopes to be producing its own honey for the first time — the “first honey in the world made with artificial intelligence” https://israeltrade.org.au/2022/05/19/robot-hives-in-israel-kibbutz-hope-to-keep-bees-buzzing/
19 May 2022 by Jeremy Ungar

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15 May 2022 by April Chepovs...

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The Art of Blasting Weeds
Technology enabling farmers to blast weeds with pinpoint lasers  could change agriculture, akin to the advent of the gin, tractor, or combine.Computer artificial intelligence is patterned after human vision through 20 cameras that target, identify and track weeds. The trained artificial intelligence  is able to focus on a given crop, identify it and then direct eight lasers on other vegetation in the field including volunteer crops and weeds. In real time, while the vehicle moves, the image processing and laser firing all happen simultaneously  allowing the autonomous LaserWeeder to obliterate weeds while moving  1-2 mph.
30 April 2022 by April Chepovs...