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B4FA Week in Review – 21 October 2014

October 21st, 2014

In world news this week, European Parliament is considering overturning a ban on the cultivation of GM crops. Depending which way the debate goes, writes Mark Lynas in the UK Guardian, this may herald the end of crop biotech in Europe. We’ve also included a fascinating profile on BB Singh, …

B4FA Week in Review – 14 October 2014

October 14th, 2014

This week in global bioscience, the New Scientist considers the potential benefits and pitfalls of boosting photosynthesis in plants, China launches a media campaign to promote GM crops, and more. We’re also featuring an interesting article on Participatory Plant Breeding – part of a longer series on food sovereignty in Africa …

B4FA Week in Review – 7 October 2014

October 8th, 2014

This week, we’re featuring a research review that assesses the performance of feeding genetically engineered crops to more than 100 billion animals – and finds them safe. Then there’s the new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) that says Africa must embrace agricultural innovation …

B4FA Week in Review – 30 September 2014

September 30th, 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of the B4FA Week in Review! In global bioscience news, Indian scientists believe that their government is about to abandon a moratorium on trials of a genetically modified eggplant (also known as brinjal or aubergine, depending on where you live!). “Bt brinjal” contains a gene …

B4FA Week in Review – 23 September 2014

September 23rd, 2014

Exciting news in the world of biosciences this week: the long-sought Ph1 wheat gene has been found, which will lead the way to being able to breed improved wheat varieties using related ancestors. Scientists have also found a way to help plants photosynthesise more efficiently, which may someday help boost …

B4FA Week in Review – 16 September 2014

September 16th, 2014

Welcome to this week’s B4FA Week in Review. Our global stories include the exciting news that the coffee genome has been sequenced for the first time – opening the door to better breeding practices and genetic engineering. Also big news: the report on the world’s first human trial of the Vitamin A super-banana is now available …

B4FA Week in Review – 9 September 2014

September 9th, 2014

Today, our weekly roundup takes us around the globe, stopping in on Vietnam, which has recently granted licenses for GM corn; Brazil, where fast-growing transgenic eucalyptus trees are being considered; and a report from the University of Durham examining how governance and regulation of GM crops in the ‘rising powers’ …

B4FA Week in Review – 2 September 2014

September 2nd, 2014

Leading this week in bioscience news, the claim that there’s little independent research on GMO safety is being challenged with the launch of the GENetic Engineering Risk Atlas (GENERA) – a searchable public database of peer-reviewed scientific studies on the relative risks of GE crops. It demonstrates that independent, peer-reviewed GMO research …

B4FA Week in Review – 26 August 2014

August 26th, 2014

This week, a feature article about Indian environmental activist Vendana Shiva in The New Yorker magazine catalyzed discussion and debate about GMOs. Meanwhile, the B4FA Week in Review is back with a whole host of stories by B4FA Fellows, including Adelaide Arthur, whose video explores community technology transfer in South Africa; Magdalene Ukuedojor …

B4FA Week in Review – 19 August 2014

August 20th, 2014

This week’s crop of articles in B4FA Week in Review features an article by B4FA Nigeria Fellow Ojoma Akor, who writes about how Ghana’s Cocoa Research Institute is working to keep disease and pests under control, an infographic from the Genetic Literacy Project on how GMOs can help with diseases that …