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Genetic Mechanism Protects Plants from Zinc

Researchers from the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) in Portugal have discovered a novel genetic mechanism protecting plants from toxic zinc levels. The researchers, led by Paula Duque, found that the ZIF2 gene produces a protein that transports zinc ions into the vacuole of root cells, and prevents its distribution to other plant organs. To find...

Transgenic Sugarcane Can Grow in Potassium Scarce Conditions

Low potassium availability has always been a major constraint to sugarcane production. Previously, two genes, CBL9 and CIPK23, were found to be responsible for the activation of the AKT1 gene, which controls a potassium channel, responsible for potassium uptake in roots. Based on these previous studies, three components of the signaling pathway, AtCBL9, AtCIPK23, and AtAKT1...

Report Presents Agri-Biotech Global Market Trends for 2013-2019

Research and Markets released the report Agricultural Biotechnology Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 - 2019. The report analyzes and forecasts the global agri-biotech market in terms of revenue from 2012 to 2019. According to the report, soybean and corn are the most widely consumed GM crops globally. Rising demand...

Nigerian Govt Official Promotes Biotech for Food Security

Nigeria can achieve food security when farmers adopt biotechnology, stated Winifred Oyo Ita, Permanent Secretary of Nigeria's Ministry of Science and Technology, during her visit to the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) on May 28, 2014. She mentioned that some countries have adequate food because they have fully embraced biotech. Ita stressed the importance of biotech...

Scientists Identify Disease Resistance Gene in Pepper

Scientists from University of California Davis (UC Davis) have identified a promising candidate gene that encodes resistance to Phytophthora capsici, a fungus-like pathogen spreading root rot disease in peppers. The Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis screened 31,000 genes in a population of pathogen-resistant chili peppers and jalapeños to build a high-density genetic map of 3,600 genes....

First Satellite Remote-Sensing Lab for Crops Opens in Pakistan

Pakistan's Agriculture Secretary Ahmed Bakhsh Narejo inaugurated the country's first satellite remote-sensing laboratory on May 20, 2014 at the crop reporting service center in the agricultural extension division office. The laboratory was established in collaboration with the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The...

Researchers Release First Phytophthora Map of Europe

An international team of researchers has released for the first time a map that shows exactly which species of the pathogen Phytophthora infestans are present in the potato fields of Europe. The map was drawn up last year by the European Euroblight partnership, an alliance of research institutes and the potato industry working together to...

Scientists Develop High Oleic Soybean By Targeted Mutagenesis

Scientists from Cellectis reported the generation of high oleic soybean in the Journal of Plant Biotechnology. The high oleic soybean line was engineered through targeted gene editing of 4 alleles of two fatty acid desaturase genes (FAD2-1A and FAD2-1B). Artificial DNA-cutting enzymes were engineered to find and slice conserved DNA sequences in both genes. Four out...

Scientists Discover Genetic Basis of Pest Resistance to Biotech Cotton

An international team of researchers led by University of Arizona (UA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled the molecular basis in insects that evolved resistance to biotech cotton plants. The results of the study are published in PLOS ONE on May 19. "Many mechanisms of resistance to Bt proteins have been proposed and studied...

ABNE Conducts Consultative Workshop on the Revised Togo Biosafety Law

Togo's Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources in collaboration with the NEPAD Agency –the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) recently organized a stakeholders' consultative workshop to validate Togo's revised biosafety law. The workshop took place in the Togo capital of Lomé between 28 April-May 2, 2014. Sixty participants including government officials, researchers, lawyers, biosafety regulators, and...

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