Biotech News

Innovation to Preserve Tradition

March 5, 2021

How the latest breeding techniques are saving the taste of our most cherished grape vine varieties European Seed (ES): Could you tell me a bit more about your project? Michele Morgante (MM): We started 21 years ago at the University of Udine with a program to create new wine grapevine varieties resistant to powdery and…

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Scientist can use CRISPR technology to help climate change

March 5, 2021

While the climate change crisis is nothing new, the agriculture industry is constantly finding ways to play their part in the solution. Gene editing technology will play a vital role in climate-proofing future crops to protect global food supplies, according to scientists at The University of Queensland. Biotechnologist Dr. Karen Massel from UQ’s Centre for…

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GMO-skeptical Sierra Club gives cautious endorsement to disease-resistant, biotech chestnut tree

March 4, 2021

This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation. By almost any metric, the American chestnut was a perfect tree. Massive, fast-growing, and rot-resistant, it was easy to mill into cabin logs, furniture, fence posts, and railroad ties. But the dominance wouldn’t…

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‘Vitaminized potatoes’: Guatemala poised to begin distributing GM, pest-resistant spuds with more vitamin C, iron and zinc

February 26, 2021

This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation. [Guatemalan] President Alejandro Giammattei announced that the distribution of seeds and planting of “vitaminized potatoes” will begin, which are being genetically modified at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (ICTA). [The President…

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Tanzania’s Regrettable Ag Technology Decision

February 26, 2021

At the very moment when Kenya is confirming itself as a GMO success story, our neighbor to the south and fellow East African Community member-state has turned its back on the future of agriculture: Tanzania’s government just canceled the GMO field trials that could have helped its farmers improve their country’s food security. “We shall…

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New Study Finds Possible Higher Yielding Canola

February 8, 2021

A study lead by researchers at the University of Calgary used gene editing to modify canola’s genes, producing shorter plants with more branches and flowers which could potentially increase the crop’s yield, the university says in a news release on Feb. 1. “We showed that gene editing actually works in canola, and simultaneously improved agronomic…

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Planting RR sugarbeets shows increase in sugar yield per acre

February 8, 2021

When it comes to agricultural misinformation, data will be the way to fix the record, according to Rebecca Larson, Western Sugar Cooperative chief scientist and vice president of governmental affairs. “Data has helped us a lot on Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) technology and issues faced with the non-GMO projects, but it is just a dip…

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USDA Announces Deregulation of Cotton Developed Using GE

January 26, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the deregulation of a cotton variety , designated as MON 88702, developed by the Monsanto Company (Monsanto) using genetic engineering for resistance to certain insects, primarily tarnished plant bugs (Lygus species) As part of the petition process, APHIS prepared a draft plant pest…

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New triple herbicide trait coming for sugarbeets

January 26, 2021

Sugarbeets growing on an eastern Montana farm. Beet farmers are looking forward to the Truvera, which will have three herbicides, to help keep a clean field. Not only is biotechnology is an opportunity for the beet industry, but it is also an avenue to increase sustainability. Scott Herndon, vice president and general counsel for the…

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The quest to end world hunger

October 30, 2020

Genetic engineering techniques could play an important role in ensuring the future of global food security. Many countries worldwide are facing the double burden of hunger and under-nutrition alongside overweight and obesity, with one in three people across the globe currently suffering from some form of malnutrition. In fact, it’s not unusual to find people…

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