London School of Economics: Let Biotech Crops Help Feed the World
London School of Economics released the report Feeding the
Planet in a Warming World which explains why advanced
agricultural innovation, including the development and
deployment of next-generation of biotech crops, is an
essential response to the growing challenges of food
security and climate change. The authors also outlined
policies that should be implemented globally and locally...
A Built-In Strategy to Mitigate Transgene Spreading from Biotech Corn
One of the major concerns about planting biotech crops is
the spread of transgenes through cross-pollination from
biotech to conventional farms. Aside from that, transgenes
can also escape through mixing during sowing, harvest, and
trade. In a study conducted by scientists from Zhejiang
University in Hangzhou, China, a built-in containment method
was developed to mitigate transgene...
Publisher Withdraws Séralini Study Linking GM Maize to Rat Tumors
The journal Food and Chemical Toxicology retracted the
article Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a
Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize authored by a
group led by Gilles Eric Seralini which was published in
November 2012. "This retraction comes after a thorough and
time-consuming analysis of the published article and the
data it reports, along...
AOCC Launches African Plant Breeding Academy
The African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) has launched the
African Plant Breeding Academy to help improve the
livelihoods of Africa's smallholder farmers and their
families, reduce hunger, and boost Africa's food supply.
AOCC's goal is to use the latest scientific equipment and
techniques to genetically sequence, assemble and annotate
the genomes of 100 traditional African food...
Scientists Work to Improve Mineral Uptake in Plants
Scientists from the University of Missouri, the University
of Nevada, and the University of California San Diego sought
to know which genes control the nutrient uptake in plants.
In a five-year collaboration, the group measured the amounts
of 14 elements in both plant seeds and leaves of mutant
Arabidopsis thaliana plants in different soil types...
Scientists Discover Gene that can Increase Rice Yield
Scientists from Japan and the International Rice Research
Institute (IRRI) have discovered a rice gene that in
preliminary testing increased production by 13-36 percent in
modern long-grain indica rice varieties—the world's most
widely grown types of rice. The gene, known as SPIKE can
improve plant architecture without altering grain quality or
Dr. Nobuya Kobayashi of...
Bt Maize Adoption Reduced Maize Imports in Spain
Bt maize has allowed Spain to reduce its maize imports by
over 853,000 tonnes between 1998 and 2013, with a consequent
saving of 156 million Euros, according to a report titled 15
years of Bt maize cultivation in Spain: Economic, social and
environmental benefits. The report was published by Antama
Foundation in celebration of the...
Scientists Study the Effect of Bt Rice on Swiss Rats
Hunan Agriculture University scientist Yang Wang and
colleagues evaluated the safety of Bt rice expressing Cry1Ab
protein on health indicators in blood and organs of female
Swiss rats. The 30 and 90 day safety studies revealed that
Cry1Ab had no significant effect on blood lymph elements
such as hemogram, calcium ion concentration, and programmed
International Team Sequences Fungus Known for Plant Root Symbiosis
An international team led by researchers from the National
Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in France
sequenced the haploid genome of Rhizophagus irregularis, a
fungus that forms symbiotic relationships with plant roots
and contributes to phosphorus cycling. The genome offers a
look at the nature of R. irregularis' relationship with land
plants, revealing players in plant...
Learning from Burkinabe Farmers' Experiences with Bt Cotton
African stakeholders from nine African countries have just
completed a tour of Bt cotton fields in Burkina Faso. from
19th to 22nd November 2013. It was attended by stakeholders
from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Sudan, Swaziland,
Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, drawn mainly from research,
media, regulatory services, cotton and seed industries as
well as various policy...