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GM POTATO SHOWS IMPROVED COLORADO POTATO BEETLE RESISTANCE

One of the common ways to resist insect attacks in crops is the cultivation of Bt crops. A study suggested an alternative strategy using RNA interference (RNAi) to counter Colorado potato beetle (CPB) attack in potato plants. The results are published in Transgenic Research.   Scientists from Nigde Omer Halisdemir University in Turkey conducted a study to...

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ISAAA ANNOUNCES NEW SEASIACENTER DIRECTOR

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) announces the appointment of Dr. Rhodora Romero-Aldemita as the new ISAAA SEAsiaCenter Director based at the International Rice Research Institute, in the Philippines.   Dr. Aldemita has been working with ISAAA since 2007. She is a multi-awarded crop scientist with knowledge and experience accumulated over the years on...

FORECAST: GLOBAL AGRI-BIOTECH MARKET SIZE TO GROW SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE NEXT 4 YEARS

Technavio reports that the global agricultural biotechnology market will grow by almost USD 21.2 billion during 2018-2022. In the report published in December 2018, Technavio, a market research company that has published reports on major technology markets, stated that the global agricultural biotechnology market will be accelerating in the next four years, growing at an annual...

USDA: NO GMOS DETECTED, NO LABELING

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard on December 20, 2018. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, passed by Congress in July 2016, directed USDA to establish this national mandatory standard for disclosing foods that are or may be bioengineered (BE).   The Standard defines bioengineered foods...

STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF PHOTOSYNTHESIS PROTEIN EXPLAINED IN DETAIL

An international research team has solved the structure and explained the function of photosynthetic complex I, the membrane protein complex which plays a major role in dynamically rewiring photosynthesis.   In plant cells, complex I is used in two places: one is in mitochondria, the cell's power plants, the other is in chloroplasts, where photosynthesis occurs. In...

MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDY TRACES MOVEMENT OF MAIZE IN SOUTH AMERICA

A new study led by Logan Kistler, curator of archaeobotany and archaeogenomics at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History reveals that while maize originated from Mexico with the domestication of the ancient grass teosinte, the trajectory of teosinte's evolution may be more complex than previously thought.   The study analyzed the genomes of more than 100...

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RWANDAN WOMEN IN BIOSCIENCES EMBRACE SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

  Rwanda women scientists have applauded effective science communication as key to ensuring smallholder farm families appreciate the role of advanced biosciences in addressing food insecurity, malnutrition, and environmental conservation. This came up during a series of stakeholder experience-sharing sessions on contributions of agricultural biotechnology in transforming African agriculture. Lessons learned over 22 years of adoption indicate benefits...

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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY STUDY SAYS ANTI-GMO SENTIMENT HAS REPERCUSSIONS FOR DEVELOPING WORLD

  A study conducted at the Iowa State University analyzed dozens of previous scientific studies on the safety of Bt corn and provides an overview of the risk assessment process applied to genetically modified (GM) crops.   Walter Suza, an adjunct assistant professor of agronomy at Iowa State and a co-author of the study, said that Bt...

JAPAN MAY ALLOW GENOME-EDITED FOOD SALE

Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare Expert Committee announced their proposal to allow most of the genome-edited currently under development to be marketed without safety screening by the state. It is expected that the proposal that would accelerate the creation of more nutritious and improved crops.   In the draft report of the Committee, the method...

STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY SCIENTISTS DISCOVER GENE THAT HELPS SUBMERGED PLANTS

A study from Stockholm University reveals that special genes keep plants from withering, staying healthy despite the lack of oxygen when they are underwater for extended periods of time.   Sylvia Lindberg, professor at Stockholm University, looked at how plants become more resistant to oxygen deficiency. During this period, special genes signal danger and the plant activates other...

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