TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS FOR IMPROVING DROUGHT TOLERANT CROPS
A literature review about the impact of transcription factor
(TF)-based genetic engineering (GE) in improving drought
tolerance in crops was assessed by researchers from Texas
A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center led by Dr. Roel
Rabara. The article titled, "The Potential of Transcription
Factor-Based Genetic Engineering in Improving Crop Tolerance
to Drought" states the current use...
GE TOBACCO DEVELOPED FOR MORE EFFICIENT PHOTOSYNTHESIS
The second of three major steps needed in turbocharging
photosynthesis in crops such as wheat and rice was completed
by researchers from Cornell University in the United States,
and Rothamsted Research in the United Kingdom. The team, led
by Myat Lin in Cornell and Alessandro Occhialini in
Rothamsted, successfully transferred genes from
cyanobacteria into tobacco plants....
REGIONAL TRAINING ON UTILIZATION OF MOLECULAR MARKERS IN EGYPT
A five days' workshop entitled "Utilization of Molecular
Markers for PGRFA Characterization and Pre-Breeding for
Climate Changes" was held on August 31 to September 4,
2014. The workshop was held under the auspices of his
Excellency Professor Adel Elbeltagy, the Minister of
Agriculture and Land reclamation. In her speech, Prof.
Hanaiya Elitriby, Director, National Gene Band...
INSECT RESISTANT SIGNAL BY MOWN GRASS' AROMA
A research finding on the aroma produced by mown grass when
cut does not only signal a distress condition, but also a
signal attracting beneficial insects such as parasitic wasps
to come to the plant and lay eggs to the insect pests. This
aroma is caused by the emitted volatile organic compounds
that produce a...
GENETIC SCREENING TECHNIQUE FOR IMPROVING KOREAN WHEAT
South Korean scientists Dae Wook Kim and Jai Rohila from
National Institute of Crop Science, will develop a Korean
wheat line variety tolerant to preharvest sprouting, a
condition which frequently occurs during wet conditions and
affects the quality and yield of grain, through genetic
screening technique. This technique, developed by and used
in South Dakota State...
ANALISIS LEBAR-GENOM HEAT SHOCK TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS PADA GANDUM MULA-MULA
Heat shock proteins (Hsps) are believed to play important
roles in developmental processes and in response to heat
stress. Heat shock transcription factors (Hsfs) are
important Hsp regulators, but are poorly understood,
especially in wheat. Hence, a comprehensive bioinformatics
analysis was conducted by a research team led by Aimin Zhang
of the Chinese Academy of Sciences...
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES CONDUCTS FIRST PUBLIC MEETING FOR GE STUDY
National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of the United States is
embarking on a comprehensive study on genetically engineered
(GE) crops. The study aims to examine the history of the
development and introduction of GE crops in the United
States and internationally, including GE crops that were not
commercialized, and the experiences of developers and
WORLD VISION PROJECT TO IMPROVE VITAMIN A DEFICIENCY IN GHANA
A project using a food based approach through the
production, consumption and marketing of orange flesh sweet
potato seeks to improve vitamin A deficiency especially
among children under five years in Ghana.
The initiative, System Approach to Improve and Sustain Food
Security in West Africa (SATISFY), undertaken by World
Vision Ghana would benefit two districts in...
RESEARCHERS DISCOVER 'MOST FAMOUS' WHEAT GENE
Washington State University (WSU) researchers have
discovered "the most famous wheat gene" that can be used to
transfer valuable genes from other plants to wheat. The
gene, which WSU Professor Kulvinder Gill called Ph1, makes
wheat fertile and controls the orderly pairing of wheat
chromosomes during reproduction. However, the gene also
prevents wheat from breeding with...
VIETNAMESE CIRCULAR FOR EXCEPTIONAL RECOGNITION OF BIOTECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
The Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
has issued Circular No. 29/2014/TT-BNNPTNT dated September
5, 2014 to amend Article 7 of Circular No.
23/2010/TT-BNNPTNT dated April 7, 2010. The move will
allow recognition and use of biotechnology techniques in
agriculture and rural development in the country. In so
doing, some specific cases, stipulations should be...