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REPORT SHOWS 20 YEARS OF ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS FROM BIOTECH/GM CROPS

Crop biotechnology has significantly reduced agriculture's environmental impact and stimulated economic growth over the last 20 years of use, according to the new report of PG Economics. The peer-reviewed report GM Crops: Global Socio-economic and Environmental impacts 1996-2015 authored by Graham Brookes and Peter Barfoot also presents the contribution of biotechnology in preserving the earth's natural resources...

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PUBLIC LEARNS ABOUT BIOTECH FOR CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE AT WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY COMMEMORATION IN UGANDA

"I believe in green energy, green agriculture, and a green economy. We can waste no more time, let us fight together for our planet, " said French ambassador to Uganda, Ms. Stephanie Rivoal, while speaking on behalf of the European Union at the World Environment Day celebrations in Ibanda district on June 5, 2017.   Ms. Rosa...

SALK SCIENTISTS HELP PLANTS PUMP IRON USING GENE VARIANTS

Salk scientists found gene variants that help plants thrive in low-iron environments, which could help improve farmers' yields and provide richer dietary sources of iron for humans and animals. The study is published in Nature Communications.   Salk's associate professor Wolfgang Busch and other researchers from Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology used Arabidopsis seeds from strains...

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AUSTRALIA'S GENE TECHNOLOGY REGULATOR SHARES REGULATORY PRACTICES WITH VIETNAM

On May 19, 2017, the Vietnam Academy of Agriculture Science (VAAS) and the Agricultural Genetics Institute (AGI), in collaboration with CropLife Asia, organized a knowledge sharing meeting on Gene Technologies Regulatory Practices – Sharing from Australia. The seminar focused on two topics: Introduction of Gene Technologies and Review of the Gene Technology Regulations of Australia. The...

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER PLANT 'BRAIN' CONTROLLING SEED DEVELOPMENT

A study conducted by scientists at the University of Birmingham reveals that a group of cells function as a ‘brain' for plant embryos capable of assessing environmental conditions and dictates when seeds will germinate. A plant's decision to germinate is a key process that it makes during its life. Too soon, and the plant may be...

SBNRAT1 GENE IN SORGHUM FUNCTIONS FOR ALUMINUM TOLERANCE

The Natural Resistance Associated Macrophage Proteins (NRAMP) play roles in metal transport in plants. Previous studies have shown that OsNrat1 (OsNramp4) in rice (Oryza sativa) encodes an aluminum transporter, which is required for rice aluminum tolerance.   Researchers from Guangxi University, led by Muxue Lu, characterized an NRAMP member in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), SbNrat1, which is homologous to...

FAO SEEKS MORE SUPPORT FROM G20 TO FAMILY FARMERS TO MEET FOOD DEMANDS

Family farmers from developing countries need more access to information and technology which can help them thrive in the midst of climate change and natural resource scarcity, according to José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He mentioned this during the G20 agricultural ministers' meeting held in Berlin,...

STUDY SHOWS POSITIVE IMPACTS OF GM COTTON ADOPTION IN BURKINA FASO

GM cotton decreased pesticide use by two-thirds, produced more yields than conventional cotton, and reduced labor input in Burkina Faso. This is the result of a study conducted by scientists from Oklahoma State University and L'Institut de l'Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA), Burkina Faso, covering six years of farm survey data.   They also found that farm...

USDA PROPOSES REVISIONS ON GE CROP REGULATIONS

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released for pre-publication a recommendation to revise the regulations of genetically engineered organisms. According to APHIS, this will be the first extensive amendment of the regulations which were implemented since 1987.   "We're pleased that USDA's proposal recognizes that some applications of gene editing result in plant varieties...

AUSTRALIA'S OGTR APPROVES FIELD TRIALS OF GM COTTON

Australia's Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has issued a license to Monsanto Australia Limited, allowing the limited and controlled release (field trial) of cotton genetically modified (GM) for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance.   The field trial will be conducted from March 2017 to July 2021 in cotton growing areas in New South Wales, Queensland, Northern...

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