Media Festival for Youth in Egypt
Egypt Biotechnology Information Center (EBIC) participated
in an event titled "For Better Egypt: Media Festival for
Youth". Students of the University for Modern Science and
Arts (MSA) participated in the event that took place in
Cairo on 5 December 2013. Egyptian Ministers Hossam Eissa
Minister of Higher Education, Mahmoud Abu- Al Naser of
Education, and Hisham...
Celiac Disease Foundation Comments on IRT Report on GM
The Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) challenged the report
published by the Institute of Responsible Technology (IRT)
claiming that the increased incidence of gluten allergies
and sensitivities is attributed to consumption of GM foods.
According to Marilyn Geller, CEO of CDF, the claim is not
based on scientific evidence. Since GM wheat is not yet
Scientific Team Profiles Model Grass
Keiichi Mochida and colleagues from the RIKEN Center for
Sustainable Resource Science in Japan have constructed a
comprehensive collection of all the DNA sequences in the
Brachypodium genome transcribed into protein-coding
messenger RNA (mRNA). This resource, known as a
complementary DNA (cDNA) library, should help plant
biologists to create more robust crops for food and biofuel
Russia to Allow Biotech Crop Cultivation in 2014
Russia will be allowed to cultivate biotech crops in 2014,
according to government decree no. 839. The decision will be
implemented starting July 1, 2014. However, the registration
of commercial biotech seeds will take more years. Initial
harvest of biotech soybeans might occur in 2016-2017,
according to Oleg Sukhanov, head of market research of Bunge
Two-generation Study Shows Bt Rice has No Effect on Wistar Rats
Bt rice TT51 is developed by introduction of synthetic Bt
gene (CryAb or CryAc) into rice MingHui63. Er Hui Wang from
Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and
colleagues conducted study to investigate about the
long-term effects of biotech crops in human or animal
health. Rice-based diets, containing 60% ordinary grocery
rice, MingHui63 rice or...
New Report Offers Solutions to Close Global Food Gap
A new report offers solutions to meet the world's growing
food needs, while advancing economic development and
environmental sustainability. The analysis finds that the
world will need 70 percent more food in order to feed 9.6
billion people in 2050. Produced by the World Resources
Institute (WRI), United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme...
NABDA Chief: Nigeria Must Embrace Biotech
Prof. Bamidele Solomon, Director-General, National
Biotechnology Technology Development Agency (NABDA), said
that Nigeria was yet to benefit from the great potentials of
biotechnology. He said this during the November meeting of
the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB). He also
said that Nigerians must let go of their fears and start
embracing biotechnology for the good...
Tradeoffs in Plant Adaptation
Scientists from Michigan State University (MSU) and
collaborators from Colorado State University and Uppsala
University, Sweden have found that plant adaptation to
different environments involves tradeoffs in performance.
MSU plant biologist Douglas Schemske and Jon Agren from
Uppsala University led the 5-year study that focused on
Arabidopsis plant populations in Sweden and Italy.
The scientists observed that...
Myanmar President Visits IRRI for Stronger Research Ties
U Thein Sein, the President of the Republic of the Union of
Myanmar has visited the International Rice Research
Institute in Los Baños, Philippines to express his desire
to continue his country's decades-long collaboration with
the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
The President appraised IRRI on the challenges and
aspirations of Myanmar's agriculture sector. He also...
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...