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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...

Researchers Alter Ethylene Production in Corn to Combat Drought Stress

Scientists from DuPont Pioneer used gene-silencing approach to modulate the levels of ethylene biosynthesis in corn and study its effect on grain yield under drought conditions in the field. The results of the study were released in Plant Biotechnology Journal. Commercially relevant transgenic events were created with down-regulated ACC synthases (ACSs), enzymes that catalyse the rate-limiting step...

Chinese Scientists Crack Genome of Tree Cotton

Scientists from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Beijing Genomics Institute successfully decoded the genome sequence of tree cotton (Gossypium arboreum). The details of the sequence are published in Nature Genetics. After the successfully sequencing wild cotton G. raimondii in 2012, researchers started the work on deciphering the genome of G. arboreum. They used whole-genome shotgun approach,...

Arabidopsis Overexpressing the CaMBPF1 Gene has Reduced Abiotic Stress Tolerance

Low temperature is the main reason for the economic losses in pepper (Capsicum annuum) global production. Cold-related genes regulated by abscisic acid (ABA) have already been identified in previous studies, including the CaMBF1, a gene homologous to potato MBF1 (StMBF1) encoding the coactivator multiprotein bridging factor 1. The study focused on the characterization of the CaMBF1...

Study Says Some Crops are Less Nutritious as CO2 Levels Rise

A new study conducted by researchers from eight institutions in Australia, Israel, Japan, and the United States report that as the atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels rise this century, some grains and legumes will become significantly less nutritious than they are today. The researchers looked at various varieties of wheat, rice, field peas, soybeans, maize, and...

Discussion on Benefits of Biotech Crops in Egypt

A workshop was organized by the Egypt Biotechnology Information Center (EBIC) at the International Agriculture Center in Egypt. Dr. Clive James, ISAAA Chair Emeritus, presented the global status of commercialized biotech crops in 2013. The workshop was held under the auspices of the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment and was attended by hundreds of academicians, researchers,...

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Transgenic American Chestnuts Exhibit Intermediate Resistance to Chestnut Blight

  American chestnut (Castanea dentata) is a native keystone species that was nearly eradicated by chestnut blight caused by the fungal pathogen, Cryphonectria parasitica. A new approach to producing American chestnut trees with enhanced blight resistance is through Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. This report describes the progress towards producing a blight-resistant American chestnut tree. The transgenic American chestnut ‘Darling4,' which expresses...

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Metal-Eating Plant Discovered in the Philippines

  Scientists from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) have discovered a new plant on the western part of Luzon Island that eats nickel. The plant, called Rinorea niccolifera, accumulates up to 18,000 ppm of nickel in its leaves without being poisoned, an amount which is a hundred or a thousand times higher than...

UK Consortium to Work on Cropping Systems that Will Harness Soil Phosphorous

A new project by a scientific consortium including the James Hutton Institute, Rothamsted Research, and  Lancanster University looks into cropping systems that will make soil organic phosphorous available to plants. According to Dr. Martin Blackwell, Soil Scientist and Principal Investigator on the project at Rothamsted Research, "This is an exciting opportunity to explore how soil organic...

Milk-Bundle Proteins Improve Seed Nutritional Quality of Transgenic Soybean

There has been great progress achieved with genetic engineering in improving soybean protein quality. However, these improvements are not sufficient to meet the nutritional requirements for food and feed. This recent study aimed to increase soybean sulfur amino acid content by expressing the de novo Milk Bundle protein MB-16, in transgenic soybean seed. The MB-16 gene, originally...

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