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B4FA Week in Review – 24 May 2016

May 25th, 2016 / B4FA.org

In biotech news this week: the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) has released a report looking at the impact GE crops have had since the 1980s, finding that genetically engineered (GE) crops pose no more risk to human health and the environment than conventionally bred crops. …

B4FA Week in Review – 18 May 2016

May 18th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Cassava dominates the African agricultural headlines this week as the Rockefeller Foundation, along with Dalberg Global Development Advisors and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), launch an Innovation Challenge that will grant $1 million to innovators with possible solutions to improve the shelf life of cassava in Nigeria. Nigeria is the …

B4FA Week in Review – 11 May 2016

May 11th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Spring greetings from B4FA, and welcome to the latest edition of the Week in Review! In this week’s news highlights, scientists at the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory have reportedly created a new gene-detecting technology that may help create a new variety of disease-resistant wheat. Called ‘MutRenSeq’, the technology identifies …

B4FA Week in Review – 4 May 2016

May 4th, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, we are pleased to feature the second in a series of articles written by B4FA adviser Dr Jocelyn Webster: “Drought in Southern Africa: Do GMO Policies Need to Change?” In this article, she questions the bans on growing and importing GM maize in countries like Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia, …