In the news...

B4FA Week in Review – 24 March 2017

May 24th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Norwegian Arctic – meant to be an impenetrable, permanent vault to protect the world’s crop biodiversity – was flooded after extraordinarily high temperatures melted surrounding permafrost. Fortunately, the flood did not damage any of the stored seeds, which are meant to serve as …

B4FA Week in Review – 17 May 2017

May 17th, 2017 / B4FA.org

There are many interesting developments in crop biotech this week. Among them, researchers at the University of Arizona are reported to be closing in on a way of using genetic modification to shut down the production of aflatoxin in maize. Using RNAi technology, which inhibits gene expression, says a summary …

B4FA Week in Review – 10 May 2017

May 10th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week there is much news from the world of bioscience. First we report on the 110-fold increase in adoption rate of biotech crops globally in the last 21 years of commercialization – growing from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to 185.1 million hectares in 2016.  Commenting on the Global …

B4FA Week in Review – 3 May 2017

May 3rd, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, two articles address the fall armyworm problem that continues to plague African farmers. In the Financial Times, “Invasion of fall armyworms ravages crops in 20 African countries & will cause $3bn damage to maize in next 12 months and serious food shortages” not only describes the continent’s struggle …