First-ever Genetically-modified Silkworm Awaits Nod from GEAC

A joint effort by sericulture research institute and Hyderabad-based lab

World’s first-ever genetically modified silkworm developed at Andhra Pradesh State Sericulture Research and Development Institute (APSSRDI) now awaits approval from Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee at national level to go for the second phase trials of the baculovirus resistant transgenic silkworm with a view to overcoming the loss in silk cocoon production.

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Lab-grown Meat Finds Its Way Into Chinese Moon Cakes

Chinese customers who are fed up with traditional flavors of moon cakes such as mixed nuts and bean paste now have a new choice: synthetic meat. It is a Chinese tradition to eat moon cakes over Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Friday this year. A week before the festival, moon cakes stuffed with mock meat made from plant protein went on sale on e-commerce platform Taobao. In less than three days, over half of the limited 3,000 boxes had been sold.

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Attracting More Young Blood Into Agriculture

(First of two parts)

I must state that we should never waste time in attracting more of the youth to the agriculture sector, as the average age of our farmers is from 57 to 60 and most of them may retire in the next few years.

And I believe that a big portion of our fisherfolk may also be in that age range.

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Agriculture Panel Mulls Use of Genetically Modified Oilseeds in Maharashtra

The high-powered committee on transformation in agriculture – constituted by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and comprising nine states – is in favour of using genetically-modified (GM) crops for oilseeds to reduce the country’s dependence on imports.

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‘Spread the Gospel of Biotech’ – PH Agriculture Official

‘Spread the gospel of biotech’ — these were the words of Engr. Alson Quimba, Provincial Agriculturist of the Province of Bukidnon, Philippines to more than 150 farmers, local government officers, and members of the academe and consumer groups during the Biotech 101 and Joint Department Circular Public (JDC) Public Briefing held in the province on August 16, 2019. A training on Storytelling Agri-Innovations thru Social Media was held the following day, attended by around 30 information officers from the province.

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Scientists’ Work on Microbes may Boost Farming Research

National University of Singapore (NUS) scientists have developed a faster and cheaper way to create genetic material used in the research of disruptive agriculture. The technology accelerates the tedious process labs go through to genetically modify their own micro-organisms for research.

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