Saturday, May 7, 2011

Banana, in danger of extinction by sigatoka in Ecuador

The banana, a plant which is threatened by the Black Sigatoka, will be extinguished within about ten years, if a genetically modified hybrid is not created to combat this fungus that endangers plantations worldwide, according to Emile Frison, researcher of the International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain (INIBAP).

Frison said on, that "something that we can be sure of is that the Sigatoka will not lose its battle". "As soon as we can get a new fungicide, the disease becomes more resistance. Replacing the Cavendish banana (dominant variety today) for another type, by genetic engineering, is the only answer".

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Honduras Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal of Zelaya Charges

Honduras' Supreme Court has rejected a prosecution appeal of a court ruling that dismissed the last two corruption charges against exiled president Manuel Zelaya.

The court's removes an obstacle to Zelaya's possible return to Honduras.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

30% of crops in Mexico are mixed with marijuana and poppies

30% of cultivated land areas in Mexico are a legal product crops mixed with marijuana or opium, on Tuesday reported a Mexican senator who proposed a legal reform to encourage farmers to convert these crops. “30% of the crops are mixed with drugs with a legal culture,” he told the full Senate chamber

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Springtime is Over

Springtime is over in the Land of Eternal Spring (Guatemala).  The heat is on in Eastern Guatemala.

As I write this, the heat index stands at 43 degrees C (109F).  And it will get hotter still over the next two months while we pray for the rainy season to begin around June / July and give us occasional breaks from the heat.

Thursday night looks like it might bring such a break, at least during the night.  A cold front is leaving Texas and heading south over the Gulf.  It may arrive late Thursday and trigger thunderstorms and rain, possibly heavy.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

INTERPOL-led operation in Americas nets fakes worth 200 million dollars

Fake goods worth more than USD 200 million have been seized and nearly 1,000 people arrested in a series of operations co-ordinated by INTERPOL across South America targeting organized criminal counterfeiting networks.