Biotech News

Genetically Modified Houseplant Pothos to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

November 22, 2022

Neoplants, a Paris-based startup, has genetically engineered both a pothos (Epipremnum aureum) plant and its associated root microbiome. The houseplant called Neo P1 is capable of purifying the air as effectively as 30 houseplants, according to Neoplants. The air that circulates in most homes is up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air due…

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Pumplin: Public and industry response to purple tomatoes are questions waiting for answer

September 23, 2022

The Packer’s Tom Karst visited in August with Nathan Pumplin, president of Norfolk Healthy Produce, about his company’s work on a genetically modified purple tomato. The USDA recently released its response to the agency review of the purple tomato and determined that it may be safely grown and used in breeding in the United States.…

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EFSA: Five-event GM Stack Maize and Subcombinations as Safe as Non-GM Maize

August 18, 2022

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) has published their assessment on the safety of five-event stack genetically modified (GM) herbicide tolerant and insect resistant maize MON 89034 × 1507 × MIR162 × NK603 × DAS-40278-9. The Scientific Opinion is published based on the application EFSA-GMO-NL-2018-151 under Regulation (EC) No. 1829/2003 received from Dow AgroSciences LLC. The…

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Kenyan farming experts urge permanent lift of GM ban to address animal feed shortage

August 18, 2022

Kenyan farmers are far too familiar with the devastation that resource shortfalls cause to their livestock. Punitive local tax regimes, technical restrictions, challenges in access to foreign currency and logistics disruptions — most of these exacerbated by the pandemic — have been dragging Kenya’s bid for seamless [grain] importation back. A problem with accessing yellow…

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Nigeria: Learn from our experience with GMO crops

August 18, 2022

Nigerian leaders are urging other West African nations to adopt genetically modified cowpea given their own success with the crop. They’re also sharing tips on how to avoid the mistakes they made in rolling out GM crops, including cowpea engineered to include a gene from bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which provides inherent protection against the destructive pod borer pest. Prof.…

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Gene-edited rice can naturally fix nitrogen in the soil, vastly reducing the need for chemical fertilizers

August 17, 2022

The price of artificial fertilizers has skyrocketed, especially in the past year. Improving nitrogen fixation can make farming more sustainable. Renowned botanist Eduardo Blumwald, professor at the University of California, and his team have found a new way to give cereal crops the nitrogen they need to grow. This invention can reduce nitrogen pollution in grain cultivation.…

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Scientists use gene-editing in cereal crops to boost yields without nitrogen fertilizer

August 16, 2022

Wheat Scientists have developed a gene-editing method that allows cereal crops to benefit from nitrogen-fixing bacteria Scientists have developed a gene-editing strategy that allows cereal crops to benefit from bacteria that pull nitrogen from thin air. The discovery has the potential to decrease farm input costs and water pollution by making wheat, corn, rice and…

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Drought-tolerant wheat trait clears one more hurdle in United States

July 14, 2022

Kansas farmers, like many farmers across the Great Plains and the West, have felt the harsh effects of severe drought through 2022. But in the future, they may have one more tool in the toolbox to battle drought’s effect on their wheat crops. It’s a wheat trait called HB4, and it offers drought tolerance in…

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Gene-edited tomatoes could be a new source of vitamin D

June 2, 2022

Tomatoes gene-edited to produce vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, could be a simple and sustainable innovation to address a global health problem. Researchers used gene editing to turn off a specific molecule in the plant’s genome which increased provitamin D3 in both the fruit and leaves of tomato plants. It was then converted to vitamin…

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The World’s First Genetically Engineered Wheat Is Here

April 13, 2022

Argentina’s new genetically engineered, drought-tolerant wheat could have large environmental benefits. In October 2020, Argentina approved the world’s first genetically engineered wheat for cultivation and consumption. Production expanded dramatically in 2021, and will continue to expand in 2022, after Argentina received regulatory approval in late 2021 for exports to Brazil, a major consumer of Argentina’s…

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