Lingling Li is a professor at Gansu Agricultural University, and an internationally known crop scientist with the Gansu Provincial Key Laboratory of Aridland Crop Science. Her focus is on technical and theoretical research of conservation agriculture and rainfed farming systems for the Loess Plateau of China, and she has completed 18 research projects funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, and the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) among other funders. She has published more than 160 papers in peer reviewed journals. She has been invited to serve as as scientific committee member for the 4th and 5th International Symposium for Farming Systems Design and the 7th and 8th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, and gave a key note address at the 4th International Symposium for Farming Systems Design. She has received the Advancement of Science and Technology award from Gansu Province five times. She was also recognized with the Outstanding Young Teachers in Universities award by the Fox Ying Tung Education Foundation of the Ministry of Education of China and the Gansu Province Youth Award.
EL BATAN, Mexico (May 30,2017)– In an effort to stamp out hidden hunger, scientists are calling for support to make zinc-biofortification a core trait in the world’s largest wheat breeding program.
At least 2 billion people around the world suffer from micronutrient deficiency, or hidden hunger, which is characterized by iron-deficiency anemia, vitamin A and zinc deficiency.
Zinc deficiency remains a crucial health issue in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. As a key nutrient in red meat, zinc deficiency is prevalent in areas of high cereal and low animal food consumption.
EL BATAN, Mexico (May 17, 2017) – Through a natural, affordable alternative to farmers’ heavy use of nitrogen fertilizers, science now offers an option to boost crop productivity and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the authors of a report that will appear this week in the journal Plant Science.
The new study describes certain plants that possess a trait known as biological nitrification inhibition (BNI), by which they suppress the loss of nitrogen (N) from the soil and improve the efficiency of its uptake and use by themselves and other plants.
The authors, who form part of a new BNI research consortium, propose transferring the BNI trait from those plants to critical food and feed crops, such as wheat, sorghum and Brachiaria range grasses.
“Nearly a fifth of the world’s fertilizer, for example, is deployed each year to grow wheat and the crop only uses about 30 percent of the nitrogen applied,” according to Guntur Subbarao, a researcher with Japan’s International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) and lead author of the study.