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12 September 2014

Developing a new cassava in Colombia, improving pastures in Brazil, new marine species found in Argentina

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Colombia

Scientists at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture are working to develop a genetically modified cassava high in pro-vitamin A . This project and others in order to obtain fortified nutrients.

Brazil

A recent study indicates that if Brazil can utilize its pastures more efficiently, it can provide the food its population needs by the year 2040 by increasing production efficiency of the pastures.

Argentina

Marine biologists from the Argentine Academy of Natural Sciences discovered a new species of sea cucumber more than two miles deep. The new species, which is violet, was dubbed Benthodytes and described in the journal Zootaxa.

The Doppler effect sets the pace for the formation of segments in the embryonic zebrafish. These determinations were made ​​by incorporating a a fluorescent protein that allowed scientists to see, in embryos, the pace and timing of segmentation.

Four young entrepreneurs developed an intelligent lamp using an algorithmic pattern that recognizes patterns of use and allows, among other things, the lamp to save energy and change color depending on the time and/or specific needs of the user.

Panama

The HarvestPlus project, which involved global and Latin American institutions, has allowed Panamanian subsistence farmers to produce fortified foods to fight malnutrition in their families, increase income and reduce poverty.