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ANALISIS LEBAR-GENOM HEAT SHOCK TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS PADA GANDUM MULA-MULA

Heat shock proteins (Hsps) are believed to play important roles in developmental processes and in response to heat stress. Heat shock transcription factors (Hsfs) are important Hsp regulators, but are poorly understood, especially in wheat. Hence, a comprehensive bioinformatics analysis was conducted by a research team led by Aimin Zhang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences...

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NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES CONDUCTS FIRST PUBLIC MEETING FOR GE STUDY

  National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of the United States is embarking on a comprehensive study on genetically engineered (GE) crops. The study aims to examine the history of the development and introduction of GE crops in the United States and internationally, including GE crops that were not commercialized, and the experiences of developers and producers of...

WORLD VISION PROJECT TO IMPROVE VITAMIN A DEFICIENCY IN GHANA

A project using a food based approach through the production, consumption and marketing of orange flesh sweet potato seeks to improve vitamin A deficiency especially among children under five years in Ghana.   The initiative, System Approach to Improve and Sustain Food Security in West Africa (SATISFY), undertaken by World Vision Ghana would benefit two districts in...

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RESEARCHERS DISCOVER 'MOST FAMOUS' WHEAT GENE

  Washington State University (WSU) researchers have discovered "the most famous wheat gene" that can be used to transfer valuable genes from other plants to wheat. The gene, which WSU Professor Kulvinder Gill called Ph1, makes wheat fertile and controls the orderly pairing of wheat chromosomes during reproduction. However, the gene also prevents wheat from breeding with...

VIETNAMESE CIRCULAR FOR EXCEPTIONAL RECOGNITION OF BIOTECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

The Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued Circular No. 29/2014/TT-BNNPTNT dated September 5, 2014 to amend Article 7 of Circular No. 23/2010/TT-BNNPTNT dated  April 7, 2010. The move will allow recognition and use of biotechnology techniques in agriculture and rural development in the country. In so doing, some specific cases, stipulations should be...

WILD GRASS TO HELP IN WHEAT AND BARLEY IMPROVEMENT

New research published by plant scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich points to a breakthrough that could lead to new, high-yielding, disease-resistant crop varieties. Published in Molecular Plant and Microbe Interactions, the research suggests that the wild grass Brachypodium distachyon is an ideal model for studying disease resistance traits in wheat and barley.   According to...

WRKY GENES INVOLVED IN SOYBEAN RESPONSE TO PHAKOPSORA PACHYRHIZI INFECTION

Previous studies have revealed that soybean WRKY transcription factors are involved in plant responses to abiotic stresses and diseases, including Asian Soybean Rust caused by Phakopsora pachyrhizi. Researchers, led by Maria Helena Bodanese-Zanettini of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, performed genome-wide annotation of the soybean WRKY family to identify genes involved in the response to...

INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM RELEASES GENOME SEQUENCE OF ROBUSTA COFFEE

An international team of scientists has generated a high-quality draft genome of Robusta coffee (Coffea canephora). Published in the journal Science, the genome study compared the plant's genetic sequences with those of grapevine, tomato and Arabidopsis. It also revealed 23 new genes found only in coffee, and showed that the genes that brew caffeine in coffee...

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EASTERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES PREPARE FOR THE MEETING OF THE PARTIES (MOP)7

  ISAAAAfriCenter, in partnership with African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE)-New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), organized a one-day meeting to familiarize biotechnology and biosafety stakeholders in eastern Africa with the issues to be discussed in the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP)/ Meeting of Parties (MOP)7 meeting. The meeting, which was attended by representatives from 10 countries...

STUDY SHOWS HOW TRUST IN ORGANIZATIONS AND THE MEDIA CYCLE PREDICT SUPPORT FOR GM IN AUSTRALIA

Attitudes on GM were investigated by Matthew Marquez of La Trobe University, Australia, and colleagues. They surveyed over 8,000 Australians over 10 years and found that Australians were less positive toward GM animals compared to GM plants for food, especially during the years where media coverage was high. Modelling methods revealed that positive attitudes toward various...

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