Boosting food production through phosphorus

Lincoln University is joining forces with a prominent Chilean university research institute to address pressing issues involving the essential role of phosphorus in global food production.

Professor Leo Condron, of Lincoln University’s Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, recently spent six weeks at the Scientific and Technological Bioresources Nucleus (BIOREN) of the Universidad de La Frontera in Temuco, Chile, as part of a Biological Resource Management Fellowship funded by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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Radical shift in agriculture critical to making future food systems smarter, more efficient ‘ UN

Climate change and increasing competition for natural resources have essentially rendered the agriculture model of the past 40 years unsustainable, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has stressed, calling for a “paradigm shift” in food production.

Food systems need to become smarter and more efficient if they are to feed the future, urged FAO Director-General Jos” Graziano da Silva at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture this past Friday as part of “Green Week” held in Berlin.

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Venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into U.S. startup companies last year, investing at levels that haven’t been seen since the heady days before the dot-com bubble… Read

Venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into U.S. startup companies last year, investing at levels that haven’t been seen since the heady days before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001.

Software and biotechnology companies were the leading recipients of venture funding in 2014, which rose more than 60 percent from the previous year, according to a new report issued Friday.

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Scientists working on new generation of nutritional products

The development of a stable delivery system for key health enhancing properties could soon be applied to general foodstuffs thanks to the efforts of a team of scientists from the Riddet Institute.

The health benefits of Omega 3 and other essential bioactive materials such as antioxidants, vitamins, lactoferrin and bovine serum albumin are widely known. However, bioactive material easily degrades during processing, storage and digestion so a group of Riddet Institute scientists have been studying delivery carriers.

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Agritech exports on the go

New Zealand’s agritechnology exports are worth about $1.2 billion annually and have the potential to grow to about $1.8 billion, research out yesterday shows.

The Coriolis Report into New Zealand’s agritech sector was commissioned by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to clarify New Zealand agritech companies’ export opportunities.

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GM food: time to devour the benefits

One of spiked’s people of the year for 2014 was Kenya’s Florence Wambugu, a pioneering and tireless supporter of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and biotechnology in food production in the developing world. Sadly, support for GMOs is singularly lacking in the developed world.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the battle currently being waged over GMOs in a courthouse in the US state of Vermont. In this case, federal judge Christina Reiss is deciding whether or not to dismiss the state’s mandatory labelling laws for GM food, which are due to be introduced in 2016. The first question she must consider is whether consumers should be made aware that the food they are eating ‘may be produced with genetic engineering’.

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A look at the major changes coming to medical technology this year

Medical technology (MedTech) is one of the world’s fastest growing industries, and the latest and most exciting innovations were recently explored at Compamed, the international medical trade show which took place at the close of last year.

However, there were a few innovations that really stood out, which we’ll focus on in this article, including shrinking devices and biologically responsive materials.

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U.S. venture funds raised $29.8 billion last yr, most since 2007

U.S. venture capital firms raised $5.6 billion last quarter and $29.8 billion for the year, making 2014 the richest year for venture fundraising since 2007, the National Venture Capital Association said.

A handful of large funds, including Andreessen Horowitz’s $1.5 billion fund announced in the first quarter, helped bump the total up almost 70 percent over the previous year’s total of $17.7 billion.

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