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BRAZIL APPROVES GM SUGARCANE FOR COMMERCIAL USE

On June 8, 2017, Brazil's Comissão Técnica Nacional de Biossegurança (CTNBio, or National Biosafety Technical Commission) has approved the commercial use of the first genetically modified (GM) Bt sugarcane (Bt Sugarcane), CTC 20 BT, developed by the Brazilian company Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (CTC).   Bt Sugarcane, the first GM sugarcane approved for cultivation in the world, is...

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FILIPINO CROP SCIENTISTS TACKLE WAYS TO FACE CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBALIZATION

The Federation of Crop Science Societies gathered around 450 crop researchers from different regions of the Philippines for its 24th Scientific Conference in Diversion21 Hotel, Iloilo City on June 13-17, 2017. The conference aims to tackle crop research and its importance in facing climate change and globalization, focusing on its theme: Healthy and safe food production...

APPLE GENOME SEQUENCE PUBLISHED

An international consortium of research institutions from France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa, including researchers from Wageningen University & Research has published a high quality genome sequence of apple.   The genome sequence provides new insights into the organization of the apple genome. Ninety-three percent (93%) of the 42,000 putative genes were validated through RNA sequencing....

ALCOHOL DEHYDROGENASE 1 CONFERS ABIOTIC AND BIOTIC STRESS RESISTANCE IN ARABIDOPSIS

While the regulation and transcription factors of the Arabidosis gene AtADH1 in response to abiotic stress are known, its in vivo roles remain unknown. Haitao Shi of Hainan University, together with researchers from various Chinese Universities, studied the roles of AtADH1.   The team found that AtADH1 expression was largely induced by salt, drought, and cold stresses, as well as...

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REPORT SHOWS 20 YEARS OF ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS FROM BIOTECH/GM CROPS

Crop biotechnology has significantly reduced agriculture's environmental impact and stimulated economic growth over the last 20 years of use, according to the new report of PG Economics. The peer-reviewed report GM Crops: Global Socio-economic and Environmental impacts 1996-2015 authored by Graham Brookes and Peter Barfoot also presents the contribution of biotechnology in preserving the earth's natural resources...

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PUBLIC LEARNS ABOUT BIOTECH FOR CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE AT WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY COMMEMORATION IN UGANDA

"I believe in green energy, green agriculture, and a green economy. We can waste no more time, let us fight together for our planet, " said French ambassador to Uganda, Ms. Stephanie Rivoal, while speaking on behalf of the European Union at the World Environment Day celebrations in Ibanda district on June 5, 2017.   Ms. Rosa...

SALK SCIENTISTS HELP PLANTS PUMP IRON USING GENE VARIANTS

Salk scientists found gene variants that help plants thrive in low-iron environments, which could help improve farmers' yields and provide richer dietary sources of iron for humans and animals. The study is published in Nature Communications.   Salk's associate professor Wolfgang Busch and other researchers from Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology used Arabidopsis seeds from strains...

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AUSTRALIA'S GENE TECHNOLOGY REGULATOR SHARES REGULATORY PRACTICES WITH VIETNAM

On May 19, 2017, the Vietnam Academy of Agriculture Science (VAAS) and the Agricultural Genetics Institute (AGI), in collaboration with CropLife Asia, organized a knowledge sharing meeting on Gene Technologies Regulatory Practices – Sharing from Australia. The seminar focused on two topics: Introduction of Gene Technologies and Review of the Gene Technology Regulations of Australia. The...

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER PLANT 'BRAIN' CONTROLLING SEED DEVELOPMENT

A study conducted by scientists at the University of Birmingham reveals that a group of cells function as a ‘brain' for plant embryos capable of assessing environmental conditions and dictates when seeds will germinate. A plant's decision to germinate is a key process that it makes during its life. Too soon, and the plant may be...

SBNRAT1 GENE IN SORGHUM FUNCTIONS FOR ALUMINUM TOLERANCE

The Natural Resistance Associated Macrophage Proteins (NRAMP) play roles in metal transport in plants. Previous studies have shown that OsNrat1 (OsNramp4) in rice (Oryza sativa) encodes an aluminum transporter, which is required for rice aluminum tolerance.   Researchers from Guangxi University, led by Muxue Lu, characterized an NRAMP member in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), SbNrat1, which is homologous to...

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