Expert urges new crop devt methods

The use of genetic modification, including genomic selection and molecular marker-assisted breeding, to improve certain traits of plants, crop improvement could become long process to develop a commercially ready product, which is why some plant scientists shy away from it. Read more

How synthetic DNA is revolutionizing research in biotechnology

DNA has been manufactured by chemical synthesis. A particularly long and costly process, with an error rate that increases as the sequence lengthens. Researchers are looking to develop alternatives to synthesize DNA more easily, with more convincing results. “Crispr-Cas9” is a genome transformation technique that allows DNA modification by targeting a gene with unparalleled accuracy. Read more

The True Story of the Genetically Modified Superfood That Almost Saved Millions

The imperiled birth—and slow decline—of Golden Rice.

The cover of the July 31, 2000, edition of Time magazine pictured a serious-looking bearded man surrounded by a wall of greenery: the stems, leaves, and stalks of rice plants. The caption, in large block lettering, read, “This rice could save a million kids a year.” Read more

“Remarkable breakthrough”: Chinese Breeders Release TR4-resistant Banana Variety

Chinese experts have recently released what they claim to be a new Cavendish-type variety of banana resistant to Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 (TR4). The new variety was developed using chemical mutagenesis techniques and is now being multiplied and distributed to provinces around China. The development comes as plantations worldwide are increasingly under threat from the TR4 fungus.

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GMO Bt Cotton Saves Pakistani Farmers Estimated $7 million on Pesticide-related Health Care costs, Study Shows

Despite substantial research on the economic effects of transgenic insect-resistant Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton, there is still limited work on this technology’s impacts on human health. Due to the inbuilt insect resistance, Bt cotton requires fewer pesticide sprays than conventional cotton, which is not only advantageous from economic and environmental perspectives, but may also result in health benefits for farmers.

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In Pursuit of a Hunger-free World

Though yesterday was World Food Day, it should have been called World Hunger Day, as it was established to bring global attention to the problem of food insecurity.

Hunger is a bigger problem than most of us realise, affecting about 795 million people around the world, including some 40 million in Bangladesh. In other words, one in nine people on the planet do not eat enough food to lead a healthy, productive life. The issue is especially pronounced in developing nations, where nearly 13 percent of the population face food insecurity.

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Gene-edited Food to Hit Store Shelves

Food products using gene-editing technology may hit store shelves across the nation within this year amid lingering consumer concerns, after a notification system for such food began in October. The technology dramatically speeds up improvement of plants and animals, a process that has been conventionally conducted through breeding.

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PH Biotech Community Zooms In on Regulation of Genome Edited Plants in the Country

The Philippines is looking at science-based, market-aligned agriculture, which is the perfect entry for biotech products. This was according to  Dr. Dionisio G. Alvendia, who spoke on behalf of the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture Dr. William Dar, during the Symposium on Risk Assessment and Regulation of Genome Edited Plants on October 8-9, 2019 held in Manila, Philippines. Read more

SEARCA Director honored for pioneering breeding research

A scientist, research manager, and teacher in national and international public and private institutions, SEARCA Director Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio was awarded as Crop Science Society of the Philippines (CSSP) Honorary Fellow. Read more

BIOTECH researchers learn ways to increase research impact

Learnings from a collaboration by the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH) Library and the University Library is surely going to create more impact in the scientific community. Read more

Dar: PHL entering ‘age of new agri revolution’

‘Indeed, we are now entering the age of a new agricultural revolution,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in his speech at the “Symposium on Risk Assessment and Regulation of Genome Edited Plants” on October 8 and 9 at a hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Read more

Distrust in Government, Biotech Literacy Dictate Public Opinion on GMO Crops in China, Survey Shows

This paper analyzes the awareness and attitudes of the Chinese public toward genetically modified (GM) foods with different types of labeling and evaluates the impact of public confidence in the government management of GM food labeling has on their attitude. Read more

To Grow or to Flower: Genes IDed in Early Land Plant Descendant also Found in Modern Crops

Since they first arrived on land, plants have likely been using the same genetic tools to regulate whether they grow bigger or reproduce. The discovery was made using liverwort, one descendant of the first plants to move out of the ancient oceans and onto land.

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GM brinjals are helping Bangladesh farmers earn more, save more, study finds

The study was conducted by US-based International Food Policy Research Institute and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, a government agency.

New Delhi: Genetically modified (GM) brinjals result in over 40 per cent higher yields at half the pesticide expense of conventional seeds, a report from Bangladesh has concluded. Read more