Biotech News

IFPRI study:GMO eggplant cuts pesticide use, boosts farmer profits

September 18, 2019

A new study confirms that genetically modified insect-resistant eggplant (Bt brinjal) has successfully reduced pesticide use and improved livelihoods among the Bangladeshi farmers who grow it. Conventionally grown brinjal is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in South Asia. Historically, brinjal farmers have sprayed as many as 84 times in a growing season to…

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German groups lose GMO soybean battle to Monsanto at top European court

September 17, 2019

The European Court of Justice dismissed an action brought by three German NGOs against the authorization of genetically modified soy products. The NGOs argued more research was necessary to determine the product’s risks. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled on Thursday that the authorization of genetically modified soy produced by former agrochemical corporation…

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Infographic: GMO crops ‘wreck’ the environment, human health? Latest evidence says otherwise

September 3, 2019

“GMOs are not saving farmers money, they’re not producing higher yields, and perhaps most significantly they’re wrecking the environment and human health,” the anti-biotech outfit Natural News warned in December 2014. Such claims are recycled endlessly by environmental activists and widely circulated thanks to social media, but they are wholly unsupported by the evidence, according…

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Are You Scared of GMO Foods?

August 14, 2019

If so, new research says, learning the science behind them could change your mind. Scientists can do some amazing things with genes, from saving papayas from extinction, to making apples last longer before turning brown, to creating variants of crops that reduce pesticide use. Some of these things may sound too good to be true…

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Davis biotech company shares soar following USDA approval

August 14, 2019

Shares in Davis-based Arcadia Biosciences Inc. shot up 124% Friday on news of a USDA approval for drought-tolerant soybeans the company has developed in a joint partnership with Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp. Arcadia (Nasdaq: RKDA) is part of a joint venture with Argentina-based Bioceres (NYSE: BIOX) developing traits for stress-tolerant soybeans. News of the U.S.…

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Inari Reaps $89M and Eyes Global Farm Markets for Gene-Edited Seeds

August 8, 2019

Plant genetics startup Inari, which is developing crop varieties that produce higher yields and use fewer resources, has raised $89 million to advance its research toward the US and international markets. Corn, soybean, wheat, and tomatoes are the Cambridge, MA-based company’s initial target crops. CEO Ponsi Trivisvavet says the company aims to launch several products…

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Genetically modified ‘shortcut’ boosts plant growth by 40%

July 9, 2019

Scientists in the US have engineered tobacco plants that can grow up to 40% larger than normal in field trials. The researchers say they have found a way of overcoming natural restrictions in the process of photosynthesis that limit crop productivity. They believe the method could be used to significantly boost yields from important crops…

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Bt eggplant, Bangladesh’s first GMO crop, controls ‘vicious’ fruit and shoot borer pest, boosts farmer profit sixfold

June 24, 2019

Eggplant, or brinjal (Solanum melongena), is a popularly consumed vegetable grown throughout Asia that is prone to vicious and sustained attack by the eggplant fruit and shoot borer (EFSB) (Leucinodes orbonalis) throughout the growing season. Yield losses in Bangladesh because of EFSB infestation have been reported as high as 86%. Farmers reduce crop losses by…

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Federal Office for the Environment Approves GM Barley Field Trial in Switzerland

June 21, 2019

The Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) of Switzerland has given permission to the University of Zurich to conduct field trials of genetically modified (GM) barley under strict conditions on June 12, 2019. The FOEN approved the application and set out the measures that the university had to take to prevent GM material from spreading…

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Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Biotech EO

June 17, 2019

Council Bluffs, IA., June 11, 2019 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump Signed the Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products Executive Order.  “Our current regulatory framework has impeded innovation instead of facilitating it. With this Executive Order, President Trump is once again putting America…

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