Universities in US Plan to Find Cure for Citrus Greening

Through modification of endogenous citrus genes, problems in citrus greening may be solved.

The Gene Editing Research Laboratory of the University of Connecticut teamed up with the University of Florida to resolve the predominant citrus greening problem in the United States through gene modification enabling citruses to resist the greening disease.

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LiDAR-based Technology: Newest Technique in Gathering Phenotypic Traits of Plants

To meet the expected increase in food demand globally by 2050, researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have devised a Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)-based technique to collect the physical traits of organisms through firing pulse laser lights at surfaces of plants: stalks, ears, and leaves.

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Gene Therapy, Biotechnology Solution to Deforestation and Air Pollution

Environmental problems and epidemic diseases can now be solved through gene therapy and biotechnology, experts in India stated. The Advanced Hydrated Photocatalytic Oxidation Cell (AHPCO Cell), a machine devised by West Texas A&M University Professor, Nabarun Ghosh in collaboration with another scientist, can filter polluted air and could destroy Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 found in air.

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Biotechnology: Probable Solution to Food Scarcity in the Future

According to the Commission on Population, the Philippines will be home to 107.19 million people by the end of 2018. With the increasing number of Filipinos every year, food shortage is likely to happen in the future. Issues such as climate change especially rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns also pose a major challenge for sustainable agriculture and food security.

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GMO Cotton Approved for Plantations

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has approved the cultivation of Genetically Modified Cotton in Ethiopia.

Undergoing two seasons (years) of confined field trials, the genetically modified cotton – best known as BT-Cotton – has finally secured the approval from the Ministry for “environmental release” or for the cultivation of the biotechnologically engineered cotton for commercial purposes.

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Using Plants to Produce Dengue Vaccine

DENGUE fever, a disease that infects almost 400 million people worldwide every year, is Malaysia’s most prevalent infectious disease.

Carried by Aedes mosquitoes, the dengue virus causes severe headaches, muscle and joint pains, swollen lymph nodes, vomiting, fever and rash. In some cases, it can be life threatening.

With no promising treatment so far, a team of scientists from the University of Nottingham Malaysia has started working on a project to create a plant-based vaccine, which, if successful, would provide a safe and cost effective way to prevent this disease.

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Alibaba Launches AI-backed Agricultural Tool to Boost Income for China’s Farmers

Raising the income of China’s farmers and well-being in rural communities remains a priority for the government. China’s largest e-commerce operator Alibaba on Thursday launched its ‘

’ in Shanghai, a digital tool aimed at boosting agricultural efficiency, crop yields and income for China’s farmers by enabling them to make better use of big data.

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Smart Tech to Help PHL Achieve Sustainable Agri Goals

The Philippines is hoping to modernize and strengthen its agriculture sector, with both the state and private companies promoting the adoption of advanced technology and smart farming methods to increase harvests and minimize losses.

In early April officials broke ground on the country’s first state-funded smart farm, part of the P128-million ($2.5-million) Smart Plant Production in Controlled Environments (SPICE) program, designed to develop and promote urban farming and high-tech plant conservation.

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