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The quest to save the banana from extinction

Panama disease, an infection that ravages banana plants, has been sweeping across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. The impact has been devastating. In the Philippines alone, losses have totalled US$400m. And the disease threatens not only the livelihoods of everyone in this US$44 billion industry but also the 400m people in developing countries who...

Road to approval for US biotech crops in China beset with massive delays, costing industry billions

China’s approval process for biotech crops is beset by regulatory hurdles and delays that have cost U.S. companies billions of dollars and added to challenges for American farmers.   Industry groups and members of Congress have been urging the Trump administration to press China to make its regulatory process for approving agricultural biotech products more transparent and timely.   High-level...

Proper product called key to consumer GMO acceptance

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jack Bobo doesn’t hold back when talking about the Arctic Apple.   He believes the non-browning apple could change how people think and talk about genetically modified food.   “I like to say it’s the most important GMO in the history of the world,” said Bobo, vice-president of global policy and government affairs with Intrexon,...

Govt committed to ensuring availability of nutritious food: Minister

Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque on Wednesday said the government has come up with hybrid varieties including GMOs to ensure availability of safe and nutritious food.   The minister was speaking at a policy workshop titled ‘Agricultural Transformation in Bangladesh: Evidence on Biotechnology and Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture’ at Hotel Intercontinental Dhaka.   The programme was organised jointly by the Ministry...

Golden rice to be available soon: Minister

Golden rice, a new variety of rice enriched with Vitamin A will be available soon, said Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzak.   He was talking to reporters after a meeting with International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at the secretariat yesterday.   "Golden rice is more important than other varieties as it will help fight Vitamin A deficiency. The rice...

As Nigeria Makes Final Move To Commercialise Bt Cowpea

After nine years of intensive trials of the Bacillus thuringiences (Bt) cowpea (beans), Nigeria finally begins the final processes towards the commercialisation of the crop with a public presentation to get input from scientists, farmers, policy makers, civil society organisations, experts, faith-based organisations and the media.   The public presentation by the nation’s biotech regulatory agency, the National Biosafety...

Journalists encouraged to do quality reportage on science and technology

The media fraternity has been urged to develop interest and exhibit professionalism in Science and Technology reporting.   This would not only demystify the issues that border on the subject but will also go a long way to cure the cynicism and mistrust between scientists and journalists.   The call came when the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology...

No nod to commercial release of GM Mustard

NEW DELHI:  A committee under Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has turned down commercial release of genetically modified mustard developed by Delhi University’s Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants on grounds that more field trials are needed to ascertain its impact on honey bees, soil microbial diversity and honey.   The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee...

Tanzania: New Sunflower Seeds Improve Yields

Dar es Salaam — Efforts are being made to address challenges in sunflower farming and marketing.   Already Agricultural Markets Development Trust (AMDT) has been established as a long-term facility to tackle such hurdles.   It has partnered with seed companies to conduct field trials for high-yielding and pest-resistant sunflower varieties.   This is aimed at providing better seeds and...

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New Breeding Technologies Successful To Grow Salt Resistant Crops

  ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Mar, 2018 ):Prof Mark Tester, a world renowned authority on Food security on Thursday said new technologies of breeding crops would be helpful to convert any crop become salt resistant to control scarcity of food globally.   "Through this new technique any crop would be made salt resistant through...

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