Public and Scientists' Views on Science
Pew Research Center conducted a survey on the views of
scientists associated with American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the general public on
certain science-related issues. Results showed that there is
a wide gap between the beliefs of the public and scientists
on biomedical sciences.
More than half of the general public (57%)...
Cotton Farmers in Kenya Submit Petition to Lift GM Import Ban
Farmers from Eastern and Central Kenya counties of Embu,
Kirinyaga, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Meru, Murang'a and
Tharaka Nithi have written a communiqué to the Kenyan
president demanding for Bt cotton seeds and calling for the
lifting of the ban on GM food imports in Kenya.
In the petition to the president, farmers noted systematic
Improving Sorghum's Yield
Sorghum is one of the cash crops planted in United States
valued for its grains. Sorghum grains can be a source of
food, feed, ethanol, and construction and packaging
materials. In addition to this, sorghum is a drought
tolerant crop and can be grown under poor soil condition,
low fertilizer and in a wide range...
Australia May Soon Import GM Carnation
The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
(OGTR) received a license request from International Flower
Developments Pty. Ltd to commercially import and distribute
three varieties of genetically modified (GM) carnation,
namely Moonaqua, Moonberry, and Moonvelvet. These GM
carnation varieties have altered flower color and contain
herbicide tolerance marker gene, which is used to select the
Scientists to Control Leaf Blotch Disease in Wheat
Scientists discovered a genetic mechanism that could stop
the spread of Septoria leaf blotch (STB), a devastating
fungal disease affecting wheat fields in Europe. A key
feature of STB is the long symptomless growth of the fungus
called Zymoseptoria tritici, which affects the host plant's
cells before it switches to the visible disease phase that
Proteins from Trichoderma Vital in Inducing Maize Resistance to Leaf Blight
Trichoderma virens and some Trichoderma species are
considered as biocontrol fungi since they can stimulate
defense responses by interacting with the host plant.
Previous studies have shown that cerato-platanin proteins,
Sm1 from T. virens as well as Epl1 from Trichoderma
atroviride, are vital in inducing plant defenses. However,
the other members of this protein family have...
ISAAA Launches 2014 Report on Global Status of GM Crops
The Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014
(ISAAA Brief 49) was launched on January 28, 2015 at China
World Hotel in Beijing, China during a press conference
attended by 34 media practitioners. The following day,
January 29, a seminar was also held at the Chinese Academy
of Agricultural Sciences, organized by Chinese Society of
Egyptian Leaders Discuss Biotech Developments
A workshop entitled Biotechnology for improving agricultural
crops was held on January 5, 2015 at the Agricultural
Genetic Engineering Research Institute (AGERI), Egypt.
Organized under the auspices of Minister Adel ElBeltagy of
the Agriculture and Land Reclamation, the workshop addressed
different concerns related to biotechnology in the country.
Speaking in behalf of the Minister, Prof. Abdelmoneim
Nielsen Surveys Global Healthy Eating Trends
Nielsen conducted an online survey of 30,000 consumers from
60 countries to assess the healthy eating trends around the
world. Results showed that consumers seek fresh, natural and
minimally processed foods. Beneficial ingredients that help
fight disease and promote good health were also deemed as
important. It was also noted that the majority (80%) of...
NYU Prof Talks about Importance of Genome and Evolutionary Bio
The importance of the genome in trying to understand
diversity and how organisms evolved, as well as the genetic
basis for the diversity of life on the planet was
highlighted by Dean of Science and Professor of Biology at
New York University (NYU) Dr. Michael Purugganan in a
seminar titled "The Evolution of Plant Genomes"....