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  • Cotton’s global genetic resources

    A multinational collaborative effort among cotton scientists produced a report on the status of the global cotton genetic resources. According to the report, cotton production relies primarily on two species, with 48 other species catalogued in the various seed collections that have largely been poorly characterized and under-utilized in crop improvement efforts. Based on the findings of this ...

  • Genetics not enough to increase wheat production

    The deep gene pool that has allowed wheat to achieve ever increasing gains in yield may be draining. Crop scientists estimate that 50% of the gain in wheat production over the past century has been due to breeding. According to a new study, however, that improvement has been slowing since the late 1980s, with little chance that future increases in yield can be met by breeding efforts alone. The ...

  • USDA, EPA and FDA statement on genetically engineered corn

    The US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are coordinating efforts following notification by Dow AgroSciences that the company detected extremely low levels of an unregistered genetically engineered (GE) pesticide product known as a plant-incorporated protectant ...

  • Genetic engineering could cut the cost of biofuels

    Plant genetic engineering could play a major part in reducing the cost of biofuel production from food crop wastes such as rice straw or from non-food crops such as willow and poplar. A recent study suggests further research is needed to develop plants that are better suited for biofuel production, through genetic modifications. According to the study's author, biofuels have the potential to ...

  • Battle over genetically modified foods in Oregon

    Unable to find a good solution to protecting their certified organic seed crops from potential contamination from genetically engineered crops, small organic farmers in this Oregon valley are appealing to a higher power: voters. They wanted to protect their crops from being cross-pollinated by genetically modified ones, and asked voters in two counties to ban the cultivation of GMOs - a move that ...


    By Associated Press

  • Using genetic mapping to save wheat production

    Stem rust disease has the potential to devastate wheat production worldwide. In the 1950s, large epidemics spread across North America and through other parts of the world. Developing a stem rust resistant gene stopped the spread of the disease. In 1999, a new race of stem rust was discovered in Uganda and identified as Ug99. Previously developed stem rust resistant genes are no longer effective ...

  • Predicting disease and improving crops through genetics

    Can scientists accurately predict when an individual will develop a disease? What if we could predict how to increase drought resistance in plants? Or offer patients personalized medicine? Researchers are looking for answers to these questions and more using a plant or animal’s obvious traits, called phenotype prediction, a field that will be discussed in a free workshop presented by the ...

  • Peanuts: more genetically diverse than expected

    Virginia-type peanuts, the big ones sold in the shell or used in cocktail nut mixes, are more genetically variable than previously assumed, according to a new study from North Carolina State University. Before now, cultivated peanuts showed very little variability for molecular markers, leading some to conclude that there was virtually no genetic variation in the species. However, anyone who has ...

  • Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point

    You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii. The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits like insect and drought ...


    By Associated Press

  • Genetic change could make crops thrive on salty soils

    Scientists have genetically modified plants to tolerate high levels of salt — offering a potential solution to growing food in salty soils. The researchers inserted a gene to remove salt — in the form of sodium ions — from water taken up by the plant before it reaches the leaves, where it does most damage. The research was published in The Plant Cell this month (7 July). High salinity reduces ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Genetic makeup of thousands of rice varieties placed in global seed data pool

    Genome sequences of more than 3,000 rice varieties have been placed with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) by the world's leading rice research institute in a move boosting plans to set up a global data exchange system for crop genetic resources. The Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Treaty (ITPGRFA) made ...

  • Action needed to safeguard genetic diversity of the world`s forests

    FAO today urged countries to improve data gathering and research to promote the conservation and sustainable management of the world's forest genetic resources, which are coming under increasing pressure. According to the first-ever edition of The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources report, half of the forest species reported as regularly ...

  • EPA fines Monsanto for distributing misbranded genetically engineered pesticide (HQ)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Monsanto Company Inc., of St. Louis, Missouri, has agreed to pay a $2.5 million penalty to resolve misbranding violations related to the sale and distribution of cotton seed products containing genetically engineered pesticides. This is the largest civil administrative penalty settlement ever received under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide ...

  • CJP hosts Brainstorming sessions on Genetics, Agronomics and Horticulture Advancement in Moringa Farming

    India based Center For Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP)’s 2 Day Moringa State of Art International Workshop: 2nd Global Moringa Meet 2013  focuses on the entire Moringa production from Ground zero to scale from November 25 & 26, 2013, Jaipur, India. Topics are carefully selected to cover ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • New research reveals challenges in genetically engineered crop regulatory process

    Experts are available for interviews on this topic! A new innovation can completely reshape an industry-- inspiring both optimism and debate.  The development of genetically engineered (GE) crops in the 1980's ignited a buzz in the agricultural community with the potential for higher crop yields and better nutritional content, along with the reduction of herbicide and pesticide ...

  • What means does a new bill on genetic protection mean for Jamaica?

    It is unlikely that the new bill on genetic resource will have the expressed impact without a fundament change in current views and values about how knowledge is acquired and used, says policymaker Arnoldo Ventura. A bill providing for the protection of Jamaica’s plant genetic resources was passed in the Senate last month (18 January). The bill is related to the International ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • What`s for dinner? Genetically engineered salmon OK`d by FDA

    What's for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the United States. Critics call it "frankenfish," but the Food and Drug Administration granted its approval on Thursday, saying the faster-growing salmon is safe to eat. It could be available in a couple of years. "There are no biologically relevant ...


    By Associated Press

  • Bred to Perform, High Oleic Soybeans Provide Proven Genetics

    High oleic soybeans have been in the product pipeline for more than a decade. With millions of dollars invested, seed companies took their time to ensure these varieties perform as expected – for farmers and for food industry customers. But, performance isn’t the only benefit farmers see. They also find that high oleic varieties are bred with the proven genetics that they need on ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • CJP organize Brainstorming sessions on Genetics, Agronomics, Horticulture & Commercial Advancement in Moringa Farming

    India based CJP- The Advanced Biofuel Center’s 2 Day Moringa State of Art International Workshop: 3rd Global Moringa Meet 2014 focuses on the entire Moringa production from Ground zero to scale from November 21 & 22, 2014, Jaipur, India. Topics are carefully selected to cover the Agronomy, Horticulture, Biology, Engineering, Marketing and Financial aspects of Moringa ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • State of progress of the IOC project to increase the economic yield of the genetic olive resources through the creation of pilot demonstration nurseries

    In the framework of its programme of activities for the first semester of 2016, at a project mid-term evaluation meeting with the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), the project implementing agency (Tunisian Olive Tree Institute) and the collaborating centres (the National Institute of Agricultural Research of Morocco (INRA), the Technical Institute for Fruit Tree and Vine Growing of Algeria ...

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