UN Leaders: Women Farmers Key to Achieving Food and Nutrition Security
Leaders of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and
the World Food Programme (WFP) gathered in Rome, Italy on
March 6, 2015 to celebrate the International Women's Day and
highlight the role of women farmers in achieving food and
nutrition security. The leaders of the said UN organizations
GM Soybean Oil Identical to Conventional Soybean Oil
Research conducted by scientists at the University of
California Riverside (UCR) revealed that genetically
modified (GM) soybean oil, made from seeds of GM soybean
plants, is identical to conventional soybean oil, with one
advantage: it does not cause insulin resistance, the
inability to efficiently use the hormone insulin.
Scientists from UCR and their colleagues at the...
Scientists Promote Production of Enzyme for Plant Growth
Australian scientists led by Dr. Spencer Whitney from The
Australian National University (ANU) have found a way to
improve the production of an enzyme essential to plant
growth. The team found RAF1, a partner protein of Rubisco,
the most abundant protein on the planet.
According to Dr. Whitney, Rubisco has baffled scientists
for years because it...
Gene for Amylose Synthesis Identified
Starch is one of the important products in photosynthesis.
It is also used in textile and paper industries. Despite its
various uses, its formation is yet to be understood. Hence,
a group of researchers from ETH Zurich conducted a study to
understand how starch is produced.
The researchers examined the photosynthesis process,
specifically the amylose formation...
Overexpression of RCH10 chitinase Gene in Lilium Confers Resistance to Botrytis cinerea
Lilium is one of the major bulb crops in the world and is a
major part of the ornamentals industry. The fungus Botrytis
causes extreme economic losses to a wide range of crops,
including Lilium. The success of the ornamentals industry
depends on the introduction of new individuals with key
characteristics, such as disease resistance.
More Voices in Africa are Calling for Increased Biotech Adoption
More African stakeholders are calling for increased adoption
of GM crops to benefit farmers in the continent. During the
recent launch of ISAAA's 2014 report on commercialized
biotech crops, stakeholders in Burkina Faso and Kenya
including policy makers, farmers and academicians said that
the reported benefits should be enjoyed by the African
farmers as well. In...
Smartphones Could End GM Labeling Debate
Smartphones could be the solution for the labeling issue on
biotech food products, according to US Agriculture Secretary
Tom Vilsack. He mentioned this to the members of the
Congress during a House hearing on agriculture spending last
week. Vilsack said that consumers could just use their
smartphones to scan special codes on food packages. Relevant
New Database for Identifying Functions of Plant Genes
A team led by Tetsuya Sakurai from RIKEN Research developed
a new database that will aid scientists in identifying the
unknown functions of plant genes. This was done through
analyzing protein structures encoded by the unknown genes.
Using six plants representative of plant species,
Arabidopsis thaliana, Glycine max (soybean), Populus
trichocarpa (poplar), Oryza sativa (rice), Physcomitrella
Bioeconomy Alliance Calls for EU Action
The newly formed European Bioeconomy Alliance (EBA) calls
for more predictable policies leading to long-term strategy
for a competitive, dynamic, and sustainable bioeconomy in
According to EBA's press release, developing the bioeconomy
can only be achieved if EU provides a holistic, coherent,
and harmonized policy framework for agriculture, forestry,
marine, and other fields. Thus, they call...
Gene from Peanut Alleviates Salinity and Drought Stress in Tobacco
Abiotic stress often results in the formation of reactive
oxygen species (ROS) that causes cellular damage and
inhibits photosynthesis. However, the effects of ROS are
countered by antioxidant systems, with superoxide dismutase
(SOD) being the first enzyme involved in detoxification.
Neera Bhalla Sarin of Jahwarlal Nehru University in India
led a research team and isolated the...