Biotech News

Local Companies Gear Up For Commercialization Of GM Seeds

February 23, 2018

The National Biosafety Committee was already on ground to screen and approve seed companies that would actively participate in the seed multiplication when GM seeds are finally commercialized. The Biosafety Bill was signed into law in 2015, putting Nigeria on the map of countries with requisite regulations for effective practice of modern agricultural biotechnology. The…

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Former agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack: Non-GMO, gluten-free labels fan consumer fears

February 23, 2018

On its face, it makes sense. If consumers say they want transparency, tell them exactly what is in your product. That is simply supplying a certain demand. For the food industry, 2017 was the year of the label. Whether ‘non-GMO’ or ‘no high fructose corn syrup’, ‘no added hormones’ or ‘gluten-free,’ consumers are increasingly demanding…

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Rwandan scientists debate potential pros and cons of allowing farmers to grow GMO crops

February 22, 2018

Genetically modified organisms, which scientists argue are primed to revolutionise agriculture and livestock, have attracted criticism and skepticism from various circles. In bid to boost food security, several countries around the world have embraced GMOs, while others remain skeptical about embracing the technology. Rwanda is one of the latest countries to take early steps towards…

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Indian official: Insect-resistant GMO cotton has increased production, decreased pesticide use

February 20, 2018

Bt cotton, which is resistant to Bollworm infestation, was released during 2002-03. The production of cotton in the country has nearly doubled since the introduction of Bt cotton in 2002, the government told the Rajya Sabha [the upper house of the Parliament of India]…. In a written reply to a question, Union minister Mahesh Sharma…

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Nigeria on track to commercialize GMO cowpeas, rice, sorghum, corn and cotton

February 20, 2018

We’re already taking steps, we’re already dialoguing with them, bringing them and building their capacity, telling them of the science behind the technology, safety and how they can import and take part in technology development. The Biosafety Bill was signed into law in 2015, putting Nigeria on the map of countries with requisite regulations for…

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How Asian consumers and farmers are tiptoeing into using GMO crops

February 20, 2018

High costs, back-breaking work and unpredictable yields compelled Rosalie Ellasus to give up on corn farming…. But Rosalie changed her mind after the Philippine government allowed companies to release biotechnology corn seed. Scientifically, such a material is known as a genetically modified organism (GMO) or transgenic organism. Transgenic corn has been genetically engineered to be…

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Iden Biotechnology partners with J.R. Simplot Company on gene discovery for potato advancements

November 15, 2017

These companies recently entered into an agreement to explore the potential for nutritional enrichment in the potato. Iden Biotechnology and the J.R. Simplot Company, companies involved in agricultural solutions through biotechnology, recently entered into an agreement to explore the potential for nutritional enrichment in the potato. As part of the agreement, Iden will identify promising…

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Innate spuds gaining foreign-market approval

September 8, 2017

Simplot Plant Sciences has been receiving approval for its Innate line of genetically modified potatoes in foreign markets. KETCHUM, Idaho — Simplot Plant Sciences has obtained approval for its Innate brand of genetically modified potatoes in several key foreign markets, including Japan, and has several other applications for foreign-market access pending. Company spokesman Doug Cole…

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Gene-edited camelina cleared by USDA

September 8, 2017

The USDA has determined that a camelina variety that’s gene-edited to increased oil content doesn’t fall under its regulatory jurisdiction. A variety of camelina that’s gene-edited to increase oil content can be grown without undergoing the USDA’s regulatory process for biotech crops. The agency has determined the camelina cultivar doesn’t pose a plant pest risk,…

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Golden bananas boost vitamin A levels

September 8, 2017

With approximately 650,000–750,000 children worldwide dying from vitamin A deficiency, Professor James Dale from the Queensland University of Technology has been researching a way to enhance pro-vitamin A in bananas. With approximately 650,000–750,000 children worldwide dying from vitamin A deficiency, Professor James Dale from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has been researching a way…

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