Biotechnology vital for PHL food security

Biotechnology vital for PHL food security

As stated by the biotech timeline presented by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, the modern biotechnology period came into being in 1973 when renowned scientists and Herbert Boyer managed to splice a gene from an organism and also succeeded in moving it to another organism. Read more

Biotechnology is key to PHL food security

Biotechnology is key to PHL food security

Nearly 20 years after the term “biotechnology” was first used in 1919 by Karl Erkey, a Hungarian engineer, hybrid corn was developed in the United States through self-pollination. It was in 1933 when hybrid corn became commercially available in the US and caused corn yields to triple. This, plus other developments such as the discovery that DNA is genetic molecule, helped launch the so-called Green Revolution in many countries. Read more

New Institute to Spearhead Singapore’s Big Push into Food Research

It seeks to lead agri-tech charge with new meat alternatives and flavours from the lab

A new research institute will not only help Singapore grow more of its own food, but also bring new dishes to people’s tables. Read more

DOH leads National Biotechnology Week celebration

The Department of Health (DOH) led government agencies and nongovernment agencies in the recent opening of the celebration of the National Biotechnology Week (NBW) through the launching of the technology poster exhibit. Read more

Farming smart foods

Farming smart foods

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has announced that it will be studying nutrition health and crops such as millets, sorghum, chickpea, pigeonpea and groundnuts, now known as ‘smart foods’. For this it is partnering with the University of Reading so that “farmers around the world can be helped to grow the best food that is fit for future generations” in the face of a tendency towards large-scale obesity and the impact of climate change. Read more

Golden Rice undergoing trials in Isabela, Nueva Ecija

Golden Rice undergoing trials in Isabela, Nueva Ecija

GOLDEN RICE, developed by biotechnologists to address Vitamin A deficiency, is still in the process of completing field trials before it applies for permission to be commercially propagated, officials said, amid the risk that it could get caught up in a broader debate about the safety of genetically-modified foods. Read more

Genetic Patterns Associated With Plant Immunity

Genomic information from plants can be used to enhance agricultural production and improve food security in a sustainable manner. Through better understanding of the relationship between a plant’s genetic information and the resulting behavior, improved crops with better traits (resistance to diseases, tolerance to drought, etc.) can be developed. This can be achieved through cross pollinating plants with selected traits to produce a hybrid with the desired characteristics. Read more

Agri biotech Can Help Unleash Second Green Revolution

“The new technologies have opened up doors and we should use these to be able to produce food needed by 8.2 billion people in future,” said Nobel Laureate Norman Earnest Borlaug, adding that “good public sector supported programs in biotechnology, linked with genetics and breeding are called for.”

The words of the “father of the green revolution” uttered in New Delhi in March 2009 are proving prophetic. As India is half way in realising its national mission of doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022, agriculture biotechnology seems to be emerging as a great enabler in unfolding another green revolution, transforming its distressed fields into a farming paradise.

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FUTURE PROOF: Genetically Modified Mosquitoes, Anyone?

When we think of deadly creatures, we tend to think of fierce animals like tigers, grizzly bears, sharks, alligators and snakes. But these animals don’t kill about one million people a year. Mosquitoes do, according to the World Health Organisation.

Actually, the mosquitoes themselves aren’t lethal. They make buzzing noises when they fly near you and they cause your skin to itch when they bite you but at most that makes them an irritant or a nuisance. What makes them deadly are the viruses that they can carry and transmit.

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A New CRISPR-Cas9 Protein to Increase Precision of Gene Editing

A team of researchers from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Karolinska Institutet has recently developed a new protein that can help increase the targeting accuracy in the genome editing process. It is believed that it would be useful for future gene therapies in humans, which require high precision. Read more

DOH highlights role of biotechnology in saving more lives

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday emphasized the role of biotechnology in saving more lives and improving the health care system of the country as it kicked off the celebration of the National Biotechnology Week. Read more