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UGANDAN FARMER REQUESTS FOR ACCESS TO BENEFICIAL FARMING TECHNOLOGIES

Ugandan farmer and social entrepreneur, Emma Naluyima, expressed her desire to plant GM crops because of their potential to solve the current challenges she's facing in the farm.    After graduating with a bachelor's degree in veterinary medicine in 2006, Naluyima started farming. With her professional background and 12 years of experience as a farmer on a one-acre...

BRAZIL SUGAR MILLS START PLANTING GM SUGARCANE

Around 100 sugar mills in Brazil have started planting the first commercialized variety of GM sugarcane. Developed by Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (CTC) to be resistant from cane borer, the GM sugarcane has been initially planted on 400 hectares (988 acres) of land.    Cane borer is a common pest in Brazilian sugar mills, which costs US$1.5...

EFSA PUBLISHES RISK ASSESSMENT FOR RENEWAL OF GM MAIZE AUTHORIZATION

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) has released a scientific opinion on the data submitted for the renewal of authorization application of theherbicide tolerant and insect resistant genetically modified (GM) maize NK603 x MON810. The scope of the renewal application EFSA-GMO-RX-007 is for food and feed uses, import and...

RICE GENES OSBON1 AND OSBON3 SUPPRESS BROAD-SPECTRUM DISEASE RESISTANCE

Breeding for disease resistance is the most effective strategy to control diseases. However, knowledge on genes and mechanism of broad-spectrum resistance and trade-off between defense and growth in crops is limited. The team of Xin Yin from the Chinese Academy of Sciences aimed to prove that rice copine genes OsBON1 and OsBON3 are suppressors of immunity...

WEMA GIVES HOPE FOR FARMERS BATTLING ARMYWORM IN KENYA

Kenyan farmers are feeling miserable about the infestation of fall armyworm in their maize fields. The attack started as a simple, seemingly manageable situation, but has grown to greater magnitudes requiring more attention and strategies to solve. The fall armyworm outbreak, which has affected the major maize growing regions in the country is projected to diminish...

RESEARCHERS MONITOR PHOTOSYNTHESIS IN SOYBEAN USING INVISIBLE LIGHT

Researchers from the University of Illinois set up twelve-foot metal poles with long outstretched arms in a Midwestern soybean field to monitor an invisible array of light emitted by crops. This light can provide information on the plants' photosynthetic performance during growing season, according to their study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences.   "Photosynthetic performance is...

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INDIA LAUNCHES MASSIVE PINK BOLLWORM AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

  The Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in the Government of India, Mr. Nitin Gadkari, launched a massive pink bollworm awareness campaign in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India on February 25, 2018. The pink bollworm awareness campaign is implemented jointly by South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), Indian Society for...

RICE GENE CONFERS CITRUS CANKER RESISTANCE TO TRANSGENIC MANDARIN

Genetic engineering offers an alternative method to the conventional breeding of ‘W. Murcott' mandarin (Citrus sp.), one of the most commercially important cultivars grown in the world. Ahmad Omar from the University of Florida and Zagazig University in Egypt used genetic engineering to confer citrus canker resistance in W. Murcott mandarin.   Transformation of W. Murcott mandarin...

FAO AND OECD PROMOTE RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT IN AGRI

The Organization for the Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched a pilot project to commence the practical application of the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains, which provides a practical tool to help enterprises observe these and other standards of responsible business conduct.   The objective...

RESEARCH TEAM FINDS GENE THAT IMPROVES PLANT GROWTH AND CONVERSION TO BIOFUELS

A research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of a gene found in poplar trees and switchgrass produces plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels. The researchers report that reducing the activity of the GAUT4 gene leads to lower levels of pectin, a component of plant...

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