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Protein crystals and a rice panicle depicted against a backdrop of rice grains represent the structural biology and plant pathology aspects of a study by Varden et al., which unveiled a new way to combat rice blast disease. (Image Credit: Marina Franceshetti and Phil Robinson)

Discovery Could Pave the Way for Disease-resistant Rice Crops

Researchers have uncovered an unusual protein activity in rice that can be exploited to give crops an edge in the ...
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Arabidopsis thaliana (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Scientists Crack the Code to Improve Stress Tolerance in Plants

In any eukaryotic organism, the DNA in a cell exists not as a loose strand, but as a highly condensed ...
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CREDITS: (GRAPHICS) N. DESAI/SCIENCE; (DATA) GEOFFREY SIWO/UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME; J. MARTIN-LAFFON ET AL., NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY, VOL. 37, JUNE 2019, 601–621; A. RICROCH ET AL., EMERGING TOPICS IN LIFE SCIENCES (2017) 1 169–182

With its CRISPR Revolution, China Becomes a World Leader in Genome Editing

Editing of plant, animal, and human genomes has never been easier, as this country's scientists are rapidly demonstrating. For many ...
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Genetic-modification technology can be used by plant researchers to create productive, nutritious or hardy crops. (Image Credit: New Straits Times)

We Dislike GM Foods Because We’re Ignorant About Them

Protesters of the recent application of a confined  genetically modified (GM)  rice field trial at the Malaysian Agricultural Research and ...
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National Scientist Emil Q. Javier (Image Credit: uplb.edu.ph)

Nat’l Scientist Emil Javier: Improving Crops, farmers’ Lot

Plant geneticist Emil Javier, who spearheaded the creation of the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) that popularized high-yielding crops and ...
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Making Biotechnology Acceptable to More Filipinos

Making Biotechnology Acceptable to More Filipinos

To address the  problem of  providing food to a rapidly growing population,  the  scientific  communities  worldwide including the Philippines are  ...
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The facility will house data on cancer type, blood analysis, pathologic data and other relevant patient information without compromising patient confidentiality. (Photo by PGH Biobank Facility/The Philippine Star)

Strengthening research in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Did you ever wonder why we spend money on health research? Should we not just wait for ...
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Purdue University’s Daniel Szymanski developed a mass spectrometry method to identify the composition of protein complexes. Proteins that co-purify are predicted interactors. The profile data are generated from extracts isolated from developing Arabidopsis leaves. (Purdue Agricultural Communication/Phys.org photo)

New technology for protein complex discovery holds promise for biotechnology and crop improvement

Living cells survive and adapt by forming stable protein complexes that allow them to modulate protein activity, do mechanical work ...
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Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio (left), SEARCA Director and new President of SABRAO, with outgoing SABRAO president Prof. Dr. Sang-Nag Ahn of Chungnam National University, South Korea. (SEARCA / MANILA BULLETIN)

Filipino takes the helm of Asian society for breeding research

A Filipino scientist and research expert has been elected president of an international society dedicated to the basic and applied ...
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Researchers Report Rice Gene that Confers Broad-spectrum Resistance to β-triketone Herbicides

Genomes of the genus Oryza, including both domesticated and wild species, have been well characterized because of the importance of rice ...
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Chinese Researchers Create Safe Gene-editing Tech that Avoids Ethical Concerns

Chinese Researchers Create Safe Gene-editing Tech that Avoids Ethical Concerns

Chinese researchers created a safe and efficient technology to edit RNA, which could largely avoid side effects and ethical concerns ...
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With the use of herbicide, his labour cost declined significantly, and weeding helped boost the yield. (Image Credit: www.financialexpress.com)

Explained: Economics of GM crops and What Authorities Need to Know

Farmers’ understanding of the science of genetics may be limited, but their assessment of whether it works in their condition ...
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Petri dish with colonies growing microbial cells (factories). (Image Credit: DiSTAP, SMART - MIT's research enterprise in Singapore)

Microbial Manufacturing: Genetic Engineering Breakthrough for Urban Farming

Researchers at SMART, MIT's research enterprise in Singapore, and National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a technology that greatly ...
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Rice Farmers In For More Bountiful Harvests With DOST-formulated Growth Promoter

Greater harvests are forthcoming for Filipino farmers with the availability of the radiation-processed Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter (PGP) formulated by ...
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Legacy Monsanto, Cagayan PLGU hold agri-related seminars

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, July 22 (PIA)--Legacy Monsanto Philippines recently partnered with the Cagayan Provincial Learning and Resource Center (CPLRC) under ...
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Supercharging Bacterial Biofuel Production

Supercharging Bacterial Biofuel Production

Researchers in South Korea have developed a new strategy to efficiently produce fatty acids and biofuels from glucose ...
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Image Credit: The Genetic Literacy Project

Explained: The GM Cotton Conundrum

With a few Haryana farmers symbolically defying a government restriction against sowing banned HT Bt Cotton in Hisar, and the ...
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Soybeans are mainly grown in the northeastern, central and eastern parts of China. (Image Credit: Xinhua)

Chinese Scientists Develop Gene-edited Soybean that Can Grow in Warmer Climates

Chinese agricultural scientists are using gene-editing tools to create soybean mutants that can adapt to warmer climates in low-altitude regions, ...
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Researchers in Japan have successfully edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time. A mitochondrial gene that causes cytoplasmic male infertility was deleted using a mitoTALENs technique. Infertile rice (right) stands straight, but fertile rice (left) bends under the weight of heavy seeds. (Image Credit: Tomohiko Kazama, CC-BY)

Researchers Can Finally Modify Plant Mitochondrial DNA

Researchers in Japan have edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time, which could lead to a more secure food ...
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The exterior of the seed bank located at the Botanic Gardens (Image Credit: NG SOR LUAN)

Singapore’s First Seed Bank Launched at Botanic Gardens to Promote Plant Conservation

Much has been said about endangered animal species, but Singapore is now also doing its part for threatened plant species ...
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