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NEW ISAAA GLOBAL COORDINATOR

  The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) announces the appointment of Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan as the new ISAAA Global Coordinator.   Dr. Arujanan is the Executive Director of Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC) and has been actively motivating the ISAAA network of Biotechnology Information Centers through her innovations in communicating the science of biotechnology. The Petri...

DURUM WHEAT GENOME DECODED

Researchers composed of more than 60 scientists from seven countries have published the results of their study detailing the sequence of the durum wheat genome. By comparing the durum wheat to its wild relative, the researchers were able to examine the order and structure of its genes. They were then able to look at the...

SCIENTISTS USE PLANT HORMONES TO FIGHT A PARASITIC CROP PEST IN AFRICA

Striga hermonthica, also known as purple witchweed, is an invasive parasitic plant threatening sub-Saharan Africa's food production. Striga infects the region's staple crops such as pearl millet, sorghum, and other cereal crops.   Striga has an Achilles heel, though. As a parasite that attaches to the roots of other plants, it dies when it cannot find a...

THE SEARCH FOR NEW SOURCES OF SALT TOLERANCE IN CARROTS

Scientists from the University of Wisconsin assessed the diverse carrot germplasm's response to salinity stress and identified the salt-tolerant carrot germplasm that may be used by breeders. They also defined the appropriate screening criteria for assessing salt tolerance in germinating carrot seed. Their research is published in HortScience.   Lead scientists Adam Bolton and Philipp Simon emphasized that one...

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AGRI-BIOTECH STAKEHOLDERS CONVENE FOR PAN-ASIA FARMER'S EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Forty-three delegates from 10 Asian countries composed of farmer-leaders, scientists and the academia, media, as well as representatives from government and private institutions gathered for the week-long 13th Pan-Asia Farmers' Exchange Program held on April 1-5, 2019 in Manila, Philippines.   Discussions focused on communicating biotech in the Philippines, the country's biosafety regulations for biotech crops, insect resistance...

EFSA RELEASES SCIENTIFIC OPINION ON SIX-EVENT GM MAIZE

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) has published the Scientific Opinion on the safety of six-event stack genetically modified (GM) maize Bt11 × MIR162 × MIR604 × 1507 × 5307 × GA21 and its subcombinations independently of their origin. The scientific opinion is published based on the application EFSA‐GMO‐DE‐2011‐103...

VIETNAMESE SCIENTISTS DEVELOP DROUGHT TOLERANT RICE LINES

Gene encoding DREB1A transcription factors from other plants, including Arabidopsis, corn, canola, barley, rice, tomato, and wheat have been cloned and many studies proved expression of DREB1A increase drought tolerance in transgenic plants. In a previous study, MtOsDREB1A gene was isolated and the OsDREB1A gene was successfully transformed into the Chanh Trui rice variety. The results...

USDA FAS REPORTS PROMISING RESULTS OF GE CORN FIELD TRIALS IN MOZAMBIQUE

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network (USDA FAS-GAIN) released their report on Mozambique's agricultural biotechnology sector status for 2018. It highlights the initial results of the Mozambican Agricultural Research Institute's genetically engineered (GE) corn confined field trials. The trials are set to be done in two stages. With the first stage completed, data gathered...

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER ENZYMES TO HELP WHEAT COPE WITH SALINITY

Scientists from the University of Western Australia (UWA) have discovered two enzymes that explain the sensitivity of wheat plants to salty soils.    The UWA research describes the two wheat enzymes, which are especially sensitive to salt and appear to be the weak link leading to plant death in saline soils. The researchers also discovered wheat has...

INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH TEAM DISCOVERS IMPORTANT MECHANISM IN PLANT IMMUNITY

An international team of researchers from VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology and University of Basel has found a link between a class of enzymes and immune signals that is rapidly triggered when plants are damaged.      In plants, damaged cells send out signals to alert the surrounding tissue of the wound. These signals activate the immune...

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