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B4FA Week in Review – 22 February 2017

February 22nd, 2017 / B4FA.org

Several interesting biotech developments around the world this week. First, Washington State University scientists have introduced a new perennial grain dubbed Salish Blue – a cross between wheat and wild wheat grass. The goal of this breeding project was to create a wheat-like grain that regrows every year, so that farmers don’t …

B4FA Week in Review – 15 February 2017

February 15th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, reports confirm that scientists from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia have cracked the genetic code for quinoa, the ancient South American “superfood” has recently become prized in the United States and Europe for its highly nutritious seeds – and the FAO is …

B4FA Week in Review

February 8th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, we carry four stories on the continuing controversy surrounding genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). In an interview with Rose Gidado, Nigeria’s Coordinator of the Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology, dispels some of the common myths for farmers and consumers alike. Then, Fred Gould, chair of U.S. National Academies of Sciences GMO report, reaffirms safety of …

B4FA Week in Review – 1 February 2017

February 1st, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, we feature two stories about burgeoning research into microbes and how they might be harnessed to safeguard and improve crops. In “Why microbes are key to solving Africa’s food security crisis“, the Conversation, Africa, describes a few initiatives across the continent that may help farmers take advantage of the latest …