Researchers Report Rice Gene that Confers Broad-spectrum Resistance to β-triketone Herbicides

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.

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Microbial Manufacturing: Genetic Engineering Breakthrough for Urban Farming

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.

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Rice Farmers In For More Bountiful Harvests With DOST-formulated Growth Promoter

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).

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Legacy Monsanto, Cagayan PLGU hold agri-related seminars

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 Can Finally Modify Plant Mitochondrial DNA

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.

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Singapore’s First Seed Bank Launched at Botanic Gardens to Promote Plant Conservation

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.

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13 Filipino Living National Scientists Celebrated Through Virtual and Digital Tech

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.

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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.