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.
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
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...