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Dr Ramon Barba: Science 'against all odds'

The story of this National Scientist's discovery of the chemical that helped launched Philippine mangoes in the international market is one for the books

Shaira Panela Published 11:15 AM, Aug 12, 2014 Updated 11:15 AM, Aug 12, 2014 Dr Ramon Barba, National Scientist (plant physiology). Photo by Shaira Panela LOS BAÑOS, Philippines – The story of Dr. Ramon Barba's discovery of the chemical that helped launched Philippine mangoes in the international market is one for the books. This very same chemical also launched his career in plant physiology, and ultimately, helped pave the way for him to be called a National Scientist. Dr. Ramon Barba, at 74, clearly remembers how he came out with potassium nitrate or saltpeter as a spray for mangoes to grow more flowers. Saltpeter or "salitre" can be found in fertilizers, fireworks, gunpowder, and in some processed meat like tocino. Barba told Rappler that since the 1950s, Filipinos had been burning leaves and other materials und…

The 3rd IMO Global Mango Conference held in conjunction with Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden (Miami, Florida) 2004

Media Contact: Paula Fernández de los Muros Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden 305-667-1651, ext. 3392
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Fairchild’s First Mango Marketing and Trade Conference: a Sweet Success

Coral Gables, FL, August 3, 2004—The first Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG) Mango Marketing and Trade Conference was held July 8th and 9th at Fairchild located in Coral Gables, Florida. The event was co-sponsored by the International Mango Organization (IMO), and was held in conjunction with Fairchild’s highly successful International Mango Festival.  Now in its 12th year, Fairchild’s International Mango Festival was open to the public on the two days following the Conference and was attended by over 7,000 eager mango aficionados, who were given the opportunity to experience the true potential of the king of fruit.

The Mango Marketing and Trade Conference was attended by members of the scientific community in Venezuela, Japan, Taiwan, India, Mexico, USA, Spain, …

UPDATE 3-Cutrale and Safra make offer for Chiquita Brands

Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:37pm BST


Chiquita Brands International Inc
18:06:00 BST

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc
16:54:00 BST

Fyffes PLC

(New throughout, adds background on Cutrale and Safra's rationale for offer)

By Olivia Oran and Greg Roumeliotis

Aug 11 (Reuters) - Juice maker Cutrale and investment firm Safra Group said on Monday they offered to acquire U.S. company Chiquita Brands International Inc in a $610.5 million cash deal that rivaled an all-stock agreement with Irish tropical fruit company Fyffes Plc.

Chiquita is attempting to close a merger with Ireland-based Fyffes, which the two companies announced in March. The combined market value of Chiquita and Fyffes is currently close to $1 billion.

Cutrale and Safra, both based in Brazil, said they were offering $13 per share in cash to Chiquita shareholders, a 29 percent premium to Chiquita's closing price on Friday.

Shares of Chiquita rose more than 30 perce…

Ancient shellfish remains rewrite 10,000-year history of El Nino cycles

by Staff Writers
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 11, 2014

Matthieu Carre holds a 6,800-year-old mollusk collected from a site in Peru's Ica valley. The shells record the temperature of the ocean during their 1- to 3-year lifetime. Image courtesy M. Carre / Univ. of Montpellier.

The planet's largest and most powerful driver of climate changes from one year to the next, the El Nino Southern Oscillation in the tropical Pacific Ocean, was widely thought to have been weaker in ancient times because of a different configuration of the Earth's orbit. 

But scientists analyzing 25-foot piles of ancient shells have found that the El Ninos 10,000 years ago were as strong and frequent as the ones we experience today.

The results, from the University of Washington and University of Montpellier, question how well computer models can reproduce historical El Nino cycles, or predict how they could change under future climates. The paper is now online and will appear in an upcoming issue of Science.