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‘Exotic’ genes may improve cotton yield and quality

Cotton breeders face a “Catch-22.” Yield from cotton crops is inversely related to fiber quality. In general, as yield improves, fiber quality decreases, and vice-versa. “This is one of the most significant challenges for cotton breeders,” says Peng Chee, a researcher at the University of Georgia.   To overcome the yield vs quality challenge, Chee and colleagues turned...

TOMATO, TOMAT-OH! UNDERSTANDING EVOLUTION TO REDUCE PESTICIDE USE

Although pesticides are a standard part of crop production, Michigan State University researchers believe pesticide use could be reduced by taking cues from wild plants.   The team recently identified an evolutionary function in wild tomato plants that could be used by modern plant breeders to create pest-resistant tomatoes.   The study, published in Science Advances, traced the evolution...

Risk and unnaturalness cannot justify EU’s strict policy on GMO

*The EU’s policy on GMO is extremely strict and prevents new GMO crops from being authorized. The policy is based on arguments about the risk and unnaturalness of GMO plants – but these arguments cannot justify the restrictive regulation, three researchers conclude in a new study in the journal Transgenic Research. They also conclude that...

22 EUROPEAN BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS ASK THE EU FOR PRO-INNOVATION RULES FOR PLANT BREEDING

*Brussels, 23 April 2019: 22 European business organisations jointly call upon member states and the European Commission to initiate a legislative change that provides innovation-friendly rules for plant breeding. The goal is to obtain practical and science-based rules for products resulting from the latest mutagenesis methods that foster public confidence and trust. This would unlock great potential...

NTU scientists discover sustainable way to increase seed oil yield in crops

*Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) *scientists have developed a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can increase the yield of natural oil in seeds by up to 15 per cent in laboratory conditions.   The new method can be applied to crops such as canola, soybean and sunflower, which are in a multi-billion...

To protect stem cells, plants have diverse genetic backup plans

*Cold Spring Harbor, NY* — Despite evolution driving a wide variety of differences, many plants function the same way. Now a new study has revealed the different genetic strategies various flowering plant species use to achieve the same status quo.   In flowering plants, stem cells are critical for survival. Influenced by environmental factors, stem cells direct...

CRISPRed Wheat Helps Farmers Control Weeds

Chinese farmers are facing worsening problems with jointed goatgrass (Aegilops tauschii) – a close relative to wheat – growing in their wheat fields.     Currently, mesosulfuron is the only wheat-registered foliar-applied herbicide that provides control of jointed goatgrass in China, but it often damages the wheat. Non-transgenic wheat varieties tolerant to imidazolinone (IMI) herbicides can solve these problems...

Sex-determining gene in papayas could lead to improved production

A gene that dictates which of three sexes a papaya tree will become, before seed germination, could spur a leap in the ultra-nutritious crop’s production.   This genetic discovery in sex determination would also move growers a little closer to profitable papaya production in controlled environments, like greenhouses, across the globe.   Qingyi Yu, associate professor, Department of...

Knowing how cells grow and divide can lead to more robust and productive plants

*A large portion of a plant is hidden below the ground. This buried root system is essential for the plant: it provides stability, water, and food. In contrast to mammals, where the body plan is final at birth, the formation of new root branches ensures that the root system keeps growing throughout a plant’s life....

Plants grow less in hotter temperatures

Plants have developed a robust system that stops their cell cycle in hostile environments such as abnormally hot temperatures. In response, they direct their energy to survival rather than growth. A new study led by scientists at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) reports in eLife that two transcription factors, ANAC044 and ANAC085, are...

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