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RICE NICOTIANAMINE SYNTHASE 2 IMPROVES IRON AND ZINC LEVELS IN WHEAT GRAINS

Micronutrients are essential in the human diet as they are required for key metabolic reactions and biological functions. A large fraction of the global human population suffers from micronutrient deficiencies, which has a negative impact on well-being and economic development. Biofortification of staple crops is a sustainable and effective approach to reduce health problems associated with micronutrient...

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NEW CAST PAPER EXAMINES TRADE AND BIOTECH ISSUES

  The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Literature Review and Report has been released. The Impact of Asynchronous Approvals for Biotech Crops on Agricultural Sustainability, Trade, and Innovation looks at problems caused by asynchronous approvals for biotech crops. The authors focused on the economic effects in countries that are major global commodity exporters and importers,...

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NIGERIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE DECLARES SUPPORT FOR BIOTECH

The Nigeria Academy of Science, the country's top scientific organization and the federal government's scientific advisor has declared that GMOs are safe and beneficial to improve agricultural productivity. Furthermore, the Academy noted that the technology has the potential to address food security. The Academy's declaration also reiterated the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' report that GM...

BIOTECH CROPS CONTRIBUTE ~US$127,000M TO ARGENTINA'S ECONOMY

Biotech crops contributed an estimated amount of US$126,969.27 million of gross benefit to Argentina from 1996 to 2016. This is according to a report released by the Argentine Council for Information and Development of Biotechnology (ArgenBio).   The majority of these benefits (66%) went to farmers, while the remaining portion went to the government (26%) and technology providers...

AUSTRALIA'S OGTR AUTHORIZES COMMERCIAL RELEASE OF GM COTTON

Australia's Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has issued a license in response to application DIR 143 from Bayer CropScience, authorizing the commercial release of cotton genetically modified (GM) for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance (GlyTol® and GlyTol TwinLink Plus®).   The release is authorized to take place throughout Australia. The GM cotton and products derived...

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PRRI AND ISAAA PREPARE FOR COPMOP8 IN CANCUN, MEXICO

Delegates from Public Research and Regulation Initiative (PRRI) and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) held a half day forum on December 3 at the Cancun Convention Center, to prepare for COP13 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Piet van der Meer of PRRI provided an introduction on...

GE COWPEA SEEDS TO BE AVAILABLE FOR NIGERIAN FARMERS IN 2019

Nigeria's National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) head announced that genetically engineered (GE) cowpea will be commercially available in the country on or before 2019. Prof. Lucy Ogbadu, NABDA Director General, mentioned this during the November meeting of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB). Prof. Ogbadu said that GE cowpea is currently under field trials and...

BRAZIL EXPECTED TO RELEASE GE SUGARCANE IN 2017

Genetically engineered (GE) sugarcane will soon hit the markets in Brazil, according to the Sugarcane Technology Center CEO, Gustavo Leite. He said that the first variety of GE sugarcane will be commercially available in early 2017. The approval of the GE crop will come from the National Technical Biosafety Commission (CNTBio), which is responsible for regulating...

DEPT OF AGRI ANTICIPATES GM MAIZE PLANTING EXPANSION IN VIETNAM

The field trial of GM maize at Trung Son Commune (Do Luong district) in 2015 with 0.5 Acre (1,800 m2) area has gained high productivity and economic efficiency. Trung Son commune has 560 ha of agricultural land, in which 80 ha is specialized for maize. In 2016, Trung Son has expanded the area of GM...

SCIENTISTS UNLOCK 51 MILLION-YEAR-OLD GENETIC SECRET TO DARWIN'S THEORY

Scientists from University of East Anglia working at the John Innes Centre have identified the cluster of genes responsible for reproductive traits in the Primula flower, first noted by Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago.   Darwin hypothesized that plant species with two distinct forms of flower evolved that way to promote out-crossing by insect pollinators....

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