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Engineered Microbes Make ‘Essence Of Grape’

By optimizing the levels of an enzyme in bacteria strains, researchers in South Korea have found a way to produce ...
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A Farmer Satyagraha for Permission-less Innovation

State control over every input market hinders farmers from innovating and improving their lives ...
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H'mong hilltribe girls eating their lunch at Bac Ha market, northern province of Lao Cai in Vietnam. (Image Credit: STR / AFP Photo)

Are Engineered Foods Healthier?

Food is synonymous with Southeast Asia. From the mouth-watering delicacies on the streets of Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines ...
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Making PHL Agriculture Sexy

We have to make farming sexy,” asserts Emmanuel Ansah-Amprofi from Ghana, quoted in a New York Times article last week ...
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GMO Crops Gaining Ground

GMO Crops Gaining Ground

Despite the campaigns against Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) crops, hundreds of millions of farmers, including smallholders, have placed their trust on ...
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Comcrop CEO Peter Barber shows vegetable seedlings at his rooftop hydroponics farm at an industrial estate in Singapore. (Image Credit: REUTERS/Edgar Su)

From Sky Farms to Lab-grown Shrimp, Singapore Eyes Food Future

Singapore, the tiny Southeast Asian city-state, is an unlikely place for a farming revolution. With tiered fish farms, vegetable plots ...
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Thai Government Launches Project to Introduce Low-carbon Rice Farming

The Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the German government's international co-operation agency on Friday announced the launch of ...
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Why Bt Brinjal Is a Hit in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi politicians, unlike their Indian counterparts, have defended the country's agricultural scientists and supported farmers who wanted to adopt the ...
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US to Help Pakistan Introduce Genetically-engineered Corn

The Foreign Agricultural Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said that future collaborative projects between the ...
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A ‘Crisper’ Method for Gene Editing in Fungi

Scientists devise a novel genome editing method for filamentous fungi, based on the CRISPR/Cas9 platform ...
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Department of Agriculture Pushes Accurate Info on Biotech Crops

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is preparing its regional offices to disseminate accurate information on biotech crops, so that negative ...
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Researchers from Huazhong Agricultural University showcase genetically modified rice at a scientific activity in Yichang, Hubei province. (Image Credit: LIU JUNFENG/FOR CHINA DAILY)

Gene Editing Reassuring for Safety of Crops

Agricultural scientists in China have called for a regulatory shift to classify crops and plants developed through gene editing technology ...
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We Really Need More Sustainable Meat Alternatives. Singapore Is On It.

From jackfruit meat to shrimp grown in labs, here's a guide to the clean meat alternatives coming to Asia ...
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Make Biotech Sexy Again

Not so long ago, biotechnology was touted as an industry that promised lucrative job opportunities. Many were taken by that ...
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PH Scientists Create Potential Super Antibiotic

Seventy years after its historic and global contribution, Iloilo is again poised to be the source of the next antibiotic ...
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Agri Workers Equipped With Biotech Info

The public can now rely on more accurate biotechnology information as agriculture workers participated in a seminar workshop in San ...
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Could India Become the Next Cell-cultured Meat Hub?

India has significant incentives for making these investments in research centers and supporting the development of lab-grown meat. The country ...
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Scientists Crack the Code to Regenerate Plant Tissues

A group of scientists have discovered a new way to regenerate flowering plant tissues, opening possibilities of mitigating global food ...
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BATAN researchers celebtrate the success of rice varieties developed using irradiation. (Image Credit: National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN))

From Lab to Field: Indonesian Scientists Develop New Crops for Farmers Using Nuclear Science

Farmers in Indonesia have over the last few years grown enough rice for more than 20 million people using plants ...
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Asst Prof Wei Ma from NTU Singapore discovered a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can increase the yield of natural oil in seeds by up to 15 per cent in laboratory conditions. (Image Credit: NTU Singapore/www.phys.org)

Scientists Discover Sustainable Way to Increase Seed Oil Yield in Crops

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have developed a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can ...
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