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Two new barley plant genes discovered

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Two new barley plant genes discovered

By Millie Thwaites

A group of international researchers have discovered two new genes in the barley plant that will shed light on the history of agriculture and also bring new capabilities to barley breeding programs.

New breeding techniques are being used to develop hardier wheat strains

Crop strains developed in ‘no time’

By Rick Pendrous

French grain co-operative Limagrain is using the latest gene selection techniques and advanced computer technology to speed up the development of wheat and maize varieties with characteristics that provide benefits to both cereal farmers and manufacturers...

The EU has granted a record number of wheat export licenses for this season

EU wheat to maintain competitive edge over US

By Kacey Culliney

More bakers could source more EU wheat as a strengthening dollar and uncertain weather conditions in the US make prices more competitive, says a grains expert.

The jv will give Canadian farmers access to the latest wheat varieties

Limagrain and Canterra Seeds in new Canadian jv

By Rick Pendrous

Canadian farmers are set to benefit from access to the very latest wheat seed varieties with enhanced characteristics, following a new research joint venture (jv) known as Limagrain Cereals Research Canada, located in Saskatoon, announced yesterday between...

Rice and oats were most prone to contamination with sterigmatocystin , the report said.

Low mycotoxin levels found in European cereals, EFSA

By Joyeeta Basu

A study by the European Food Safety Authority of cereal grain and cereal products has found low levels of mycotoxin sterigmatocystin in most of the samples to be below proposed limits.

Individual EU countries will now be allowed to approve or ban the use of GMOs

Scientists welcome EU country ruling on GM

By Michael Stones

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) has welcomed a new EU law enabling Member States to decide for themselves whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be approved in their countries.

The tonnage of home grown wheat that was milled this year was up 25% on the previous year

Commodity reports: DEFRA

DEFRA: We’ll see a gradual switch back to UK wheat

By Kacey Culliney

UK wheat production had a strong year that should spark a gradual shift back to local sourcing, says the Department for Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as it published its latest cereal usage statistics.

Neither biotech nor environmental groups have welcomed the agreement

EU deal would allow member states to ban GM crops

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The European Parliament and member states have agreed rules to allow member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, even when they are approved at EU level.

New measures approved by the EU today will mean greater flexibility for EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their own territories

EU backs bid for national bans on GM crops

By Nathan Gray

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to allow individual countries within the EU to ban the cultivation of genetically modified food crops on their soil, even if the EU has already approved them for wider cultivation.

EU's 2014 cereal harvest would hit records of 317m tons: 'Summer weather conditions have been favorable for the development of all summer crops'

Commodity reports: European Commission

EU cereal harvest to hit 2014 record

By Kacey Culliney

The EU cereal harvest will hit record levels this year, driving higher than average exports, says the European Commission (EC).

Helen Plant, AHDB senior analyst: 'One of the challenges this year has been, or is becoming… there is a quality issue emerging'

Commodity Reports: AHDB

Wheat supply up but ‘quality issue emerging’

By Kacey Culliney

Wheat supplies have hit record levels across the globe, but for France and some other European markets quality concerns are emerging, warns an analyst.

AHDB analyst: 'It is one thing having a large wheat crop around the world, but the other thing is quality'

COMMODITY REPORTS: USDA

USDA forecasts record global wheat crop

By Kacey Culliney

The USDA has said global wheat supplies for 2014/15 will hit record highs, which is good news for stability but quality will be critical for industry, says an analyst.

Ardent Mills claims new era in grain

Ardent Mills claims a ‘new era’ in grain

By Kacey Culliney

Ardent Mills – the mega joint venture of ConAgra Mills and Horizon Milling – has commenced operations and claimed a new era in the grain industry.

GreenPalm: More needs to be done in,

More EU members urged to back sustainable palm oil trading

By Nicola Cottam

Sustainable palm oil trader GreenPalm will use this year’s European Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Summit as a platform to urge key players in the EU palm oil industry to galvanise shared knowledge and promote sustainable sourcing.

Doubling of pistachio harvest will increase nut’s use as an ingredient

Special edition: Nuts, pulses and legumes

Doubling of pistachio harvest will increase nut’s use as an ingredient

By Stephen DANIELLS

Pistachios – most associated with snacking in the consumer’s mind – could be finding their way into many a food product as an ingredient over the next few years, says the executive director of the American Pistachio Growers, as production is set to double...

Animal feed industry gets a new website

Animal feed industry gets a new website

By Jane Byrne

A new website has been launched to supply breaking news for the global animal feed industry – a sector that was valued at $500 billion last year.

UK wheat planting for 2014 will be up 22% on this year - good news for suppliers and bakers, an analyst says

COMMODITY REPORTS: AHDB

Wheat woes over? UK exports and lower prices to return

By Kacey Culliney

Two years on from the disastrous UK wheat harvest, wheat processors and bakers should see the market return to healthy yields and prices, according to a cereals analyst.