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UGANDA HARVESTS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL GM CASSAVA TRIAL

  Cassava mosaic disease (CMD) and cassava brown streak (CBSD) are still the most challenging constraints for cassava production in the Sub-Saharan Africa. Some Ugandans describe them as HIV for cassava. Although, there are CMD resistant cassava varieties, it is still a challenge since a good number of farmers have not yet accessed them. Annual losses due...

PURDUE RESEARCHERS IDENTIFY NEW SOYBEAN GENE TO FIGHT PHYTOPHTHORA

Researchers from Purdue University and Dow AgroSciences have discovered a novel soybean gene that provides resistance to multiple types of Phytophthora sojae, the soil-borne pathogen causing soybean farmers in the U.S. to lose approximately $250 million per year due to soybean stem and root rot.   The researchers screened a wide variety of soybean genetic material and identified...

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BROOKES PRESENTS GLOBAL IMPACT OF BIOTECH CROPS (1996-2015) TO INDONESIAN STAKEHOLDERS

Over the last 20 years, crop biotechnology has significantly reduced agriculture's environmental impact and stimulated economic growth in the 26 countries where the technology is used. The innovative agricultural technology has contributed to preserving the earth's natural resources while allowing farmers to grow more, high quality crops. It has also helped alleviate poverty for 16.5 million,...

GENE FROM WILD GRAPEVINE INVOLVED IN POWDERY MILDEW RESPONSE IN TRANSGENIC GRAPEVINE

Ubiquitination plays important roles in disease resistance in plants. Lingmin Dai of Northwest A&F University in China identified and characterized the RING-type ubiquitin ligase gene, VpUR9, from the powdery mildew resistant Chinese wild grapevine (Vitis pseudoreticulata). The results are published in Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture.   The gene was found to be induced in response...

GM CROP APPROVALS BOOST BIOENGINEERED FOODS MARKET, REPORT

The global bioengineered food market is expected to increase with an annual growth rate of ~5% from 2016-2023, according to the report of Occams Business Research and Consulting Pvt. Ltd. The growth of the global bioengineered food market is mainly attributed to the increasing number of approvals of bioengineered food in many countries, among other factors.   The...

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AFRICAN COUNTRIES LAUNCH THE GLOBAL REPORT ON COMMERCIALIZED BIOTECH/GM CROPS

The 2016 annual report on Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops (ISAAA Brief 52) has been launched in Cameroon and Malawi. The report was also virtually launched in Nairobi, Kenya on June 13, 2017.   In Cameroon, the report was presented during the African Biosafety Service Providers coordination meeting in Yaounde on May 4, 2017 and attended...

AMERICAN SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION: BIOTECH ESSENTIAL TO FEED 9.7B PEOPLE IN 2050

Biotechnology is an essential tool in farmers' quest to produce enough food to meet the needs of 9.7 billion people by 2050, said the American Soybean Association (ASA) in their comments submitted to both the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding regulations in response to advances in genetic...

CHINA APPROVES IMPORT OF GM CROPS FROM THE U.S.

China, the world's largest importer of soybean, has approved importation of new varieties of GM crops from the U.S.   The demand for more soybeans increased in China over the past decade because of the rise in meat consumption in the country. Thus, more supply of soybean is needed to be used as animal feed.   Chinese officials...

RESEARCHERS UNLOCK THE GENETIC SECRETS OF PLANT CELL WALLS

To help improve the quality of plant-based foods, researchers from the University of York and Quadram Institute unlocked the genetic secrets of plant cell walls. Using a microarray, the team analyzed thousands of plant cell samples simultaneously using a microarray, and harvested large amount of data relevant to the arrangement of the cell. They linked this...

OVEREXPRESSION OF A BLUEBERRY DDF1 GENE CONFERS INCREASED TOLERANCE TO FREEZING

The CBF/DREB 1 increases freezing tolerance in woody plants but is associated with dwarfed plants and delayed flowering. These same changes were observed when Arabidopsis DWARF AND DELAYED FLOWERING 1 (DDF1) was overexpressed. However, DDF1 orthologs have not been studied in woody plants.   Michigan State University's Guo-qing Song investigated the overexpression of blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) DDF1, named...

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