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Media Festival for Youth in Egypt

Egypt Biotechnology Information Center (EBIC) participated in an event titled "For Better Egypt: Media Festival for Youth".  Students of the University for Modern Science and Arts (MSA) participated in the event that took place in Cairo on 5 December 2013. Egyptian Ministers Hossam Eissa Minister of Higher Education, Mahmoud Abu- Al Naser of Education, and Hisham...

Celiac Disease Foundation Comments on IRT Report on GM

The Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) challenged the report published by the Institute of Responsible Technology (IRT) claiming that the increased incidence of gluten allergies and sensitivities is attributed to consumption of GM foods. According to Marilyn Geller, CEO of CDF, the claim is not based on scientific evidence. Since GM wheat is not yet commercialized, then...

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Scientific Team Profiles Model Grass

Keiichi Mochida and colleagues from the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science in Japan have constructed a comprehensive collection of all the DNA sequences in the Brachypodium genome transcribed into protein-coding messenger RNA (mRNA). This resource, known as a complementary DNA (cDNA) library, should help plant biologists to create more robust crops for food and biofuel production. Purple...

Russia to Allow Biotech Crop Cultivation in 2014

Russia will be allowed to cultivate biotech crops in 2014, according to government decree no. 839. The decision will be implemented starting July 1, 2014. However, the registration of commercial biotech seeds will take more years. Initial harvest of biotech soybeans might occur in 2016-2017, according to Oleg Sukhanov, head of market research of Bunge Company. Read...

Two-generation Study Shows Bt Rice has No Effect on Wistar Rats

Bt rice TT51 is developed by introduction of synthetic Bt gene (CryAb or CryAc) into rice MingHui63. Er Hui Wang from Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and colleagues conducted study to investigate about the long-term effects of biotech crops in human or animal health. Rice-based diets, containing 60% ordinary grocery rice, MingHui63 rice or...

New Report Offers Solutions to Close Global Food Gap

A new report offers solutions to meet the world's growing food needs, while advancing economic development and environmental sustainability. The analysis finds that the world will need 70 percent more food in order to feed 9.6 billion people in 2050. Produced by the World Resources Institute (WRI), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme...

NABDA Chief: Nigeria Must Embrace Biotech

Prof. Bamidele Solomon, Director-General, National Biotechnology Technology Development Agency (NABDA), said that Nigeria was yet to benefit from the great potentials of biotechnology. He said this during the November meeting of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB). He also said that Nigerians must let go of their fears and start embracing biotechnology for the good...

Tradeoffs in Plant Adaptation

Scientists from Michigan State University (MSU) and collaborators from Colorado State University and Uppsala University, Sweden have found that plant adaptation to different environments involves tradeoffs in performance. MSU plant biologist Douglas Schemske and Jon Agren from Uppsala University led the 5-year study that focused on Arabidopsis plant populations in Sweden and Italy. The scientists observed that...

Myanmar President Visits IRRI for Stronger Research Ties

U Thein Sein, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has visited the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, Philippines to express his desire to continue his country's decades-long collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). The President appraised IRRI on the challenges and aspirations of Myanmar's agriculture sector. He also...

London School of Economics: Let Biotech Crops Help Feed the World

London School of Economics released the report Feeding the Planet in a Warming World which explains why advanced agricultural innovation, including the development and deployment of next-generation of biotech crops, is an essential response to the growing challenges of food security and climate change. The authors also outlined policies that should be implemented globally and locally...

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