A Filipino scientist and research expert has been elected president of an international society dedicated to the basic and applied aspects of breeding research in economically important plants. Read more
Genomes of the genus Oryza, including both domesticated and wild species, have been well characterized because of the importance of rice to the global food supply. The wealth of genetic variation in rice varieties has allowed the identification of useful genes for crop breeding by map-based cloning methods. With regard to large-scale farming, in particular, weed control with the use of appropriate herbicides is critical for efficient crop production.
Chinese researchers created a safe and efficient technology to edit RNA, which could largely avoid side effects and ethical concerns from previous gene-editing technologies.
Farmers’ understanding of the science of genetics may be limited, but their assessment of whether it works in their condition or not is usually not off the mark.
Researchers at SMART, MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, and National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a technology that greatly accelerates the genetic engineering of microbes that can be used to manufacture chemicals used for urban farming. The new technology will result in a faster, cheaper, more accurate, and near-scarless plasmid construction, using standard and reusable parts, compatible with most popular DNA assembly methods.
Greater harvests are forthcoming for Filipino farmers with the availability of the radiation-processed Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter (PGP) formulated by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, July 22 (PIA)–Legacy Monsanto Philippines recently partnered with the Cagayan Provincial Learning and Resource Center (CPLRC) under the Office of Governor Manuel Mamba for the conduct of an agricultural biotech seminar for farmers and an agri-counselling seminar for senior high school students. Read more
Researchers in South Korea have developed a new strategy to efficiently produce fatty acids and biofuels from glucose.
With a few Haryana farmers symbolically defying a government restriction against sowing banned HT Bt Cotton in Hisar, and the government determined to curb its spread, The Indian Express explains the complex problem and arguments that both the sides present.
Chinese agricultural scientists are using gene-editing tools to create soybean mutants that can adapt to warmer climates in low-altitude regions, in a bid to increase production of the crop in southern China.
Researchers in Japan have edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time, which could lead to a more secure food supply. Nuclear DNA was first edited in the early 1970s, chloroplast DNA was first edited in 1988, and animal mitochondrial DNA was edited in 2008. However, no tool previously successfully edited plant mitochondrial DNA.
Much has been said about endangered animal species, but Singapore is now also doing its part for threatened plant species in South-east Asia with the opening of the country’s first seed bank.
The bank – where seeds are stored and conserved – is located at the Botanic Gardens and was launched by the National Parks Board (NParks) on Saturday (July 13). The plan is to use the seeds for habitat restoration and species conservation projects in Singapore and the region.
The launching of the Salinlahi Science Centre honours and pays tribute to esteemed scientists of the Philippines, who are considered the super heroes of science.
This is achieved through futuristic exhibits on the careers and life stories of the scientists.
According to a recent press release, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines unveiled the Science Centre.
Celebrating the National Scientists
Doing so had revealed a new world of virtual and digital celebration of the works and valuable contributions of the 13 living National Scientists. NAST is one of the advisory bodies of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The interactive exhibits, managed by DOST-NAST Philippines, is housed at the Philippine Science Heritage Centre or Salinlahi at the DOST Complex in Bicutan, Taguig City. The 13 National Scientists featured in the centre come alive in avatar where visitors will discover their minds and their careers, which reflect their unquenchable curiosity and thirst for learning. The displayed avatars of said science super heroes will hopefully serve as inspiration to the next generation of scientists.
The Salinlahi Science Centre
The upgrading of the Centre is a project that will be divided into three phases. It is envisioned to become the country’s hub of scientific pride, where the 13 National Scientists dedicated their work of science to make a better society and stronger country.
The Philippine Science Heritage Centre or Salinlahi, which means heirloom of a generation, was created under Republic Act 9107 or the Philippine Science Heritage Centre Act.
It was to be the repository of the achievements and outstanding accomplishments of the Filipino community in the areas of science and technology. More of the works of these 13 National Scientists and other experts will be featured in the upcoming celebration of the 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) from 17-21 July 2019 at the World Trade Centre, Pasay City.
National Science and Technology Week
As reported, the NSTW is celebrated every third week of July to highlight the significant contributions of science and technology (S&T) to national development.
Additionally, the celebration has become a platform for heralding S&T advocacy in the country.
This year’s theme, “Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development,” underpins the event’s showcase on the latest innovations in technologies, products, and research that can help achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This annual event of the DOST will feature the latest technologies and innovations in the fields of agriculture, enterprise development, industry, emerging technologies, health and nutrition, information and communication technology, and disaster preparedness.
It is the perfect venue for the science community and science enthusiasts, particularly the technology developers and investors, including the S&T service providers and clients, to interact, exchange ideas, and pursue potential opportunities in technology commercialization and linkages.
Written by Teresa Umali in Open Gov. Read original article here.
The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), in its annual scientific meeting from July 10-11, concluded that the country needs more researchers, and an improved government procurement process is vital to achieve this.