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Anti-GMO sentiment has repercussions for developing world

AMES, Iowa – Anti-GMO sentiment holds back agricultural advancement in the developing world, but an Iowa State University agronomist hopes his research will clarify the scientific consensus and spark wider acceptance of the technology in Africa.   A paper recently published in the academic journal Global Food Security analyzed dozens of previous scientific studies on the safety of...

Indonesia's first GM crop to hit the market

The goverment of Indonesia has approved the first locally developed genetically modified crop which will soon be commercialised in the country.   The biotech sugarcane event NXI-47 which contains the betaine gene was developed by the state-owned sugar company, PT Perkebunan Nusantara XI (PTPN XI).   The gene expressed osmoprotectant compound which was introduced using Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated plant transformation.   The GM...

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PIONEERING BIOLOGISTS CREATE A NEW CROP THROUGH GENOME EDITING

*From wild plant to crop: CRISPR-Cas9 revolutionizes breeding / New tomato contains more valuable antioxidants*     Crops such as wheat and maize have undergone a breeding process lasting thousands of years, in the course of which mankind has gradually modified the properties of the wild plants in order to adapt them to his needs. One motive...

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How a Molecular Signal Helps Plant Cells Decide When to Make Oil

*Details of mechanism suggest new strategy for engineering plants to make more oil*   UPTON, NY—A study at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory identifies new details of how a sugar-signaling molecule helps regulate oil production in plant cells. As described in a paper appearing in the journal The Plant Cell, the work could point...

ITIF Files FDA Citizen Petition to Prohibit “Non-GMO” Labels

WASHINGTON—To counter false claims and allegations by the Non-GMO Project butterfly campaign, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the world’s top-ranked science and technology policy think tank, today filed a Citizen Petition to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a regulation prohibiting the use of...

How Bill Gates thinks about climate change, innovation, and the SDGs

SAN FRANCISCO — Bill Gates describes himself as an impatient optimist, and his belief in the power of innovation extends to climate change, where he sees progress to report.   The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is not currently counted among the world’s leading climate change funders. When 29 philanthropists came together to commit $4 billion to climate...

Researchers find “hotspot” regions in the wheat genome for high zinc content, new study shows

An international team of scientists applied genome-wide association analysis for the first time to study the genetics that underlie grain zinc concentrations in wheat, according to *a report published* in Nature Scientific Reports on September 10.   Analyzing zinc concentrations in the grain of 330 bread wheat lines across diverse environments in India and Mexico, the researchers uncovered...

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Newly Discovered Enzyme is “Firing Pin” for Plant Immunity

*SIK1 Gene Opens Possibilities for Treating Disease, Breeding Resistant Crops*   Just like humans, plants have an immune system that helps them fight off infections. Plant immunity has some important differences: they don’t make antibodies and can’t fight off the same bug more quickly months or years later. However, plant cells can identify pathogens and react to them,...

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Dr. Randy A. Hautea, Biotech Advocate and Friend

  Dr. Randy A. Hautea, the Global Coordinator and Director of the Southeast Asia Center of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), a friend and colleague in the biotechnology and plant breeding community passed away on July 19, 2018 at 5 in the afternoon at the Los Baños Doctors Hospital and Medical...

Brief 52: Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2017

Biotech Crop Adoption Leads to Greater Sustainability and Socioeconomic Opportunities for Global Farmers and Citizens Two new studies show continued environmental and social benefits of biotech crop use and adoption   (June 26, 2018) – Today, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and PG Economics, Ltd. released new studies highlighting the continued social, environmental...

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