Biotech News

Scientists develop mutant rice capable of resisting common crop disease — here’s why it’s so important

June 13, 2024

This is not only a significant scientific milestone but also a potential economic and social boon. by Susan Elizabeth Turek, May 29, 2024 The Cool Down Scientists have made an exciting breakthrough that resulted in mutant rice with enhanced immunity against a devastating disease. As detailed by Natural Science News, a team from China’s Jilin Academy of…

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Embu farmers now jump on cruising Bt cotton bandwagon

June 9, 2024

“If you gave me the old one, I would tell you ‘No, no. Go away, I do not want it,” Magondu says and then his brow furrows as if he is in very deep thought. “The old one, you cannot even remotely compare. The bollworms made it their lodging, and that is not everything, even.”…

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GMOs and gene-edited foods: Can these fast-evolving technologies help make crops more climate-change resilient while boosting food security?

June 2, 2024

In this Q&A, Carbon Brief looks at the difference between GMOs and gene-edited foods and whether these technologies can help crops deal with climate change while boosting food security. Do genetically modified crops benefit climate mitigation and adaptation? There have been a lot of claims – and counter-claims – about the climate benefits of GMOs,…

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Biotech potatoes can bring improved performance, quality to global markets

May 31, 2024

By Dennis Halterman, Craig Richael and David Douches From a scientific perspective, the potato is a pretty cool crop to work with. Cultivated potato and its wild relatives contain a lot of diversity — both above and below the ground. When growing potato collections in the greenhouse we get to see different leaf shapes, flower…

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37 Nobel laureates and 1,500 researchers are calling for relaxation of EU gene editing regulations

April 12, 2024

As regulations on genetic technology are now to be reassessed in both Norway and the EU, researchers are hoping for a more scientific and evidence-based approach to the law. Recently, 37 Nobel laureates and 1,500 researchers signed an open letter to the EU Parliament, where they requested less strict regularions for the use of genetic technology.…

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Viewpoint: Two dozen gene-edited crop field trials set to begin later this year in England ‘could have major benefits’

April 5, 2024

Later this year gene-edited crops will be planted at about two dozen commercial farms across England for the first time to see how plants previously confined to the laboratory and glasshouse will fare in real-world conditions. No other European nation is conducting such trials because the European Union treats gene-editing the same as it does…

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EU Parliament: A Positive Vote for Innovation and Plant Breeding

February 15, 2024

The European Parliament’s vote in support of new genomic techniques, marks a significant step forward for agricultural innovation and sustainability in Europe, according to a press release from Euroseeds. The plenary vote backed the “adoption of these cutting-edge technologies, recognizing their potential to revolutionize farming practices while ensuring food security and environmental stewardship.” The European Parliament’s affirmative…

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Tomatoes ready for harvest in 40 days? Gene edited prototypes could transform one of the world’s most popular fruits

February 3, 2024

Scientists have just genetically modified cherry tomatoes to make them easier to grow, and the future applications could include making them more viable for indoor farming and even space travel, their creators say. The scientists, working out of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, used a gene-editing technology called CRISPR to make changes to three key genes within the cherry tomatoes’ DNA. Two…

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Disease is poised to wipe out much of Africa’s rice crop. Still-unapproved gene edited varietals may be the only hope

February 3, 2024

A new study has found that CRISPR technology can be used to edit genes in some strains of rice, developing resistance. Rice is a key staple crop in sub-Saharan Africa, with more than 60% of rice produced consumed there. However, the Rice Yellow Mottle Virus (RYMV) causes a disease that has the propensity to wipe out…

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UK company creates bananas that don’t turn brown

January 23, 2024

Bananas turning brown is a natural process that occurs over time as the fruit overripens and produces too much ethylene. The turning of yellow pigments to brown is called enzymatic browning and is aided by high amounts of ethylene. While there have been no known health issues arising from eating bananas that have turned brown,…

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