Effect of the ahas Transgene on Biological Nitrogen Fixation and Yield of Soybean
Despite its importance, studies on the effect of transgenes
in soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) and the associated use
of herbicides on biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) are
relatively few. The transgenic soybean Cultivance CV127
contains the ahas gene, which confers resistance to
Mariangela Hungria of Embrapa Soja in Brazil, led a team of
GREENPEACE DAMAGES A WORLD HERITAGE SITE IN PERU
Twelve members of the environmental group Greenpeace
performed a stunt in Peruvian desert to express their
participation in the Conference on Climate Change held in
Lima, Peru on December 1-14. They placed huge yellow letters
stating "Time for Change! The Future is Renewable.
Greenpeace" just beside the hummingbird-like geoglyph, which
is part of the Nazca lines....
EGYPT'S MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE SUPPORTS PLANT BIOTECH
Dr. Adel El-Beltagy, Egypt's Minister of Agriculture and
Land Reclamation, said in a press statement on December 13,
2014 that genetic engineering techniques play a major role
in increasing crop productivity amidst the effects of
climate change that cause high temperatures, drought and
As a scientist and professor in Aim Shams University, Dr.
USDA TO ADVANCE ROBOTICS TO IMPROVE AGRI PRODUCTION
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute
of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the release of US$3
million worth of grants to advance the use of robotics in
American agriculture production. The four grants are part of
the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), a federal research
collaboration of NIFA, the National Science Foundation
(NSF), the National...
CHINA EXPECTED TO RELEASE DECISION ON GM CORN IMPORTS
The Chinese government is expected to release their decision
on importation of Syngenta's Agrisure Viptera corn (MIR162)
from the U.S. soon. The approval would be important because
U.S. corn trading with China has stopped since Beijing began
turning away cargoes containing MIR162 corn in November
2013. According to the National Grain and Feed Association,
IMPROVING SALT TOLERANCE IN TRANSGENIC SWEET POTATO
Researchers from China Agricultural University studied the
gene maspardin (IbMas) in improving salt tolerance in
sweetpotato. IbMas is a member of α/β superfamily isolated
from a salt-tolerant sweet potato line. The study was
conducted by up-regulating the expression of IbMas in
sweetpotato under salt stress and ABA treatment condition.
Results showed that overexpression of IbMas in...
BIOTECH SCIENTISTS WIN IN IQ2 DEBATE ON GMOS
Intelligence Squared (iq2) Debates hosted a livestreamed
debate on Fora.tv about genetically modified food. World
Food Prize 2013 laureate Robert Fraley and University of
California, Davis scientist Alison Van Eenennaam argued that
planting of GM foods should be allowed. On the other hand,
Margaret Mellon, formerly of the Union of Concerned
Scientists, and Charles Benbrook of...
PODBORER-RESISTANT COWPEA POSES NO THREAT TO BIODIVERSITY - SCIENTISTS
African scientists said that Maruca-resistant cowpea does
not constitute a threat to biodiversity. Maruca is a type of
podborer causing damage to cowpea production. According to
Prof. Mohammed Ishyaku of the Ahmadu Bello University and
one of the researchers of the Maruca-resistant cowpea
project, Maruca will not be completely extinct from the
system when the Maruca-resistant...
NEW COTTOM GENOME RELEASED TO PUBLIC
Scientists from Texas Tech University, Bayer CropScience,
and the National Center for Genome Resources (NGCR) have
developed the annotated draft genome assembly from the
Asian/African cotton species (Gossypium arboreum), a
representative of the cotton A-genome lineage. The A-genome
species gave rise to spinnable fiber, eventually leading to
the present-day textile industry. The development of
high-quality genome sequence...
INDOBIC CONCLUDES SEMINAR ON BIOTECH POTATO
IndoBIC held a seminar on Biotech Potato as Eco-Friendly
Late Blight Disease Control Component for farmers,
agricultural officers, and scientists on November 25, 2014
at SEAMEO BIOTROP. Some 31 participants and speakers from
agricultural officials, farmers, and representatives from
research institutions attended this event through the
support of the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project
(ABSP II) in collaboration...