DEVELOPING CROPS FOR CHANGING CLIMATES
University of Edinburgh scientists have created a new
computer model that shows how plants grow under varying
conditions, giving fresh insights into developing crops that
could thrive in changing climates. Scientists built the
model to investigate how variations in light, day length,
temperature, and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere influence
the biological pathways that control growth...
COMPARATIVE STUDY OF DROUGHT TOLERANT BIOTECH RICE AND NON-BIOTECH COUNTERPART
Scientists from Kyungpook National University in South Korea
compared the vegetative and reproductive traits as well as
antioxidant properties of drought tolerant biotech rice
lines (HV8 and HV23) and its non-biotech counterpart (Ilmi).
The findings were presented at Journal of Agronomy and Crop
According to the research article, the grain size and
weight, seed germination, root...
CORNELL LAUNCHES GLOBAL INITIATIVE FOR SCIENCE-BASED COMMUNICATION ON AGRI-BIOTECH
Cornell University launched a new initiative aimed at
intensifying the voice of science in the agri-biotechnology
dialogue. The initiative is called Cornell Alliance for
Science. According to Sarah Evanga, Director of the
Alliance, the initiative is a "radical collaboration" of
global significance because the challenges faced by the
global society are too large to be handled...
SWAZILAND MINISTER ENCOURAGES FARMERS TO ACCEPT BIOTECH CROPS
Swaziland Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs,
Jabulani Mabuza, challenged local farmers to grow biotech
crops to increase their yield and income. He said this
during his speech in the launch of ISAAA Brief 46 (Global
Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013) in Mbabane,
Swaziland on August 27, 2014. Mabuza added that 27 countries
WATER 'THERMOSTAT' GENE COULD HELP DEVELOP DROUGHT RESISTANT CROPS
Plants respond to water loss by boosting calcium levels in
their cells. The calcium surge then triggers coping
mechanisms to help the plant rebalance its water budget, but
the molecular machinery that plants use to send this signal
has remained unknown.
Zhen Ming Pei and Duke University colleagues Fang Yuan and
James Siedow identified OSCA1, the...
VIETNAM GRANTS LICENSES TO FOUR GM CORN VARIETIES
Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
(MARD) has granted licenses to four genetically modified
(GM) corn varieties to be used for both human consumption
and animal feed.
This process started four years ago when Vietnam announced
it would start field trials of these four varieties of GM
corn. The varieties have gone through extensive testing...
FSAI HEAD SAYS EUROPE MUST PUT ASIDE FEARS OF GM TECHNOLOGY
Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) Chief Executive,
Alan Reilly, said that it is time to put aside irrational
and non-science based fears of new technologies in the
interest of consumers everywhere. He mentioned this in his
article in the FSAI newsletter titled Genetic Modification -
Are the Food Safety Concerns Still Justified?
He said that...
MUTATED BRI1 IN UZU BARLEY CAN PROVIDE DISEASE RESISTANCE
Brassinosteroid hormones regulate many aspects of plant
growth and development with the membrane receptor BRI1 as
the central player in the signaling cascade. A team of
researchers led by Shahin S. Ali of the University College
of Dublin in Ireland are studying the semi-dwarf "uzu"
barley, which carries a mutation in BRI1 known for its
International Organizations Reconfirm Support for Biotech Wheat Commercialization
Sixteen organizations from Australia, Canada, and the U.S.
released a statement confirming their support for the future
commercialization of biotech wheat. In 2009, there were only
9 organizations of farmers and millers who signed the
agreement and this year, 7 more joined the commitment. The
newbies include American Farm Bureau Federation and the
National Farmers Union.
Kenyan Governors Call for Lifting of GMO Ban
The chairman of the Council of Kenyan Governors on Health
and Biotechnology, Governor Jacktone Ranguma has called on
the government to lift the ban on imports of genetically
modified foods. Speaking at the Open Forum on Agricultural
Biotechnology event, the Governor argued that the ban on GM
food was rushed and the country is sending...