A novel gene editing approach could hold the key to broad-spectrum disease resistance in certain staple food crops without causing physical detriment to the plants, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.
Wheat researchers have discovered a combination of genes that provide resistance to the significant fungal disease Stagonospora nodorum blotch (SNB) in WA varieties.
New Zealand scientists trialing a genetically modified grass in the United States say the plant could prove a game-changer for agriculture.
The harvest of cotton trials in the Ord Valley started in earnest this week with the hand-picking of several varieties for analysis.
Farm technology in India has traditionally followed a top-down approach despite farmers being the most important cog in the wheel.
The proliferation of “counterfeit” genetically modified (GM) corn seeds in the Philippines is eating into farmers’ profits and posing a threat to the environment, experts and industry representatives warn.
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) launched the annual report on the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2017 (ISAAA Brief 53) through a media conference held on June 26, 2018 at Acacia Hotel, Manila, Philippines. The report is the 22nd of the ISAAA series of global status reports documenting the latest information on the adoption and benefits of biotech crops. The event, which was co-organized by the SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center (SEARCA BIC), presented an opportunity for media partners to connect with scientists and experts, representatives from the national government, and partners in the biotech community.
ISAAA Board Chair, Dr. Paul Teng, presented the report, including the global impact, economic benefits, and future prospects of biotech crops. He reported that biotech crop land area reached a new record-high adoption at 189.8 million hectares worldwide in 2017. Also notable was the increase in biotech crop area in developing countries, continuously surpassing those in industrial countries in terms of total land area, with 100.6 M ha and 89.2 M ha, respectively.
Dr. Teng added that the global GM crop area is expected to expand in the coming years and that new biotech crops and traits in different parts of the globe are now in the pipeline. Highlighting the importance of regulations, Dr. Teng stated, “Science-based regulations are very important. If we cannot use science, we have no ground to stand on. It cannot be based on perceptions alone as these are often proven wrong. Science is what we have in the moment as a tool to show that something is credible.” He also shared that the global farm income gains contributed by biotech crops in the last 21 years (1996-2016) have amounted to US$186.1 billion, benefitting more than 17 million farmers, 95% of whom come from developing countries.
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Through modification of endogenous citrus genes, problems in citrus greening may be solved.
The Gene Editing Research Laboratory of the University of Connecticut teamed up with the University of Florida to resolve the predominant citrus greening problem in the United States through gene modification enabling citruses to resist the greening disease.
Labeling improves consumers’ attitudes on genetically modified food products, according to a study published in the scientific journal, Science Advances.
Swaziland and Ethiopia joined other member states of the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) cotton after receiving the go signal from environmental agencies.
To meet the expected increase in food demand globally by 2050, researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have devised a Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)-based technique to collect the physical traits of organisms through firing pulse laser lights at surfaces of plants: stalks, ears, and leaves.
Environmental problems and epidemic diseases can now be solved through gene therapy and biotechnology, experts in India stated. The Advanced Hydrated Photocatalytic Oxidation Cell (AHPCO Cell), a machine devised by West Texas A&M University Professor, Nabarun Ghosh in collaboration with another scientist, can filter polluted air and could destroy Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 found in air.
A global research and development (R&D) innovation center was opened in the Central Taiwan Science Park in Nantou County, Taiwan to help transform Taiwan’s agricultural biotechnology R&D achievements into marketable products.
According to the Commission on Population, the Philippines will be home to 107.19 million people by the end of 2018. With the increasing number of Filipinos every year, food shortage is likely to happen in the future. Issues such as climate change especially rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns also pose a major challenge for sustainable agriculture and food security.
A new Crop Biotechnology Center is being constructed in the Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija, the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) announced recently.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law granting incentives and assistance to overseas Filipino experts, scientists, inventors, and engineers who will return to serve the country. The Republic Act No. 11035, also known as the Balik Scientist Act, would address the Philippines’ research and development needs.
As the world’s population continue to grow at an alarming pace, from an estimated 9.7 billion in 2050 to 11.2 billion by 2100, so does the need to ensure food security especially for developing countries. Researchers now turn to biotechnology to address these concerns.