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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...

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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....

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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...

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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 producers of...

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...

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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...

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