Biotech News

‘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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Gene-edited crops and animals: Best-kept secrets in the fight against climate change

October 30, 2020

Advances in gene editing over the past decade have given scientists new tools to tailor the biochemistry of nearly any living thing with great precision. Because the biosphere—including trees, crops, livestock, and every other organisms—is a major source and sink for greenhouse gases (GHGs), these tools have profound implications for climate change. Gene editing is…

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GMOs and Fall Harvest Season

October 22, 2020

GMO Answers September 1, 2020   Summer is making way for fall again, and for many people, that means visions of apple picking, hayrides, pumpkin patches, fall festivals, and of course, drinking lots and lots of pumpkin spice lattes! But it’s also a very important time of the year for many farmers: harvest season. While…

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Genetic tech to boost oil, seed yield

October 14, 2020

The science of gene editing is already at work to make plants perform better. The startup Yield10 Bioscience is carving its own niche in this world, working with two key areas: boosting oil content and raising the seed count for plants. This twofold work allows a plant to make more oil while not giving up…

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