crop breeding

Biofortified corn might mean better nutrition in Colombia

The first corn variety that yields kernels rich in zinc, now available to farmers in Colombia, will combat malnutrition in the South American nation, says a coalition of researchers.

Global consortium forms with goal of speeding up crop breeding

The congressionally created Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) will put $10 million into a new global consortium whose goal is to accelerate crop breeding to meet the rising world demand for food, the eight-member consortium said in a kick-off announcement. FFAR said its contribution "is expected to leverage significant investment from partners."