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B4FA Week in Review – 10 September 2013

September 10th, 2013

This week brings fascinating news from a team of international scientists led by the UK’s John Innes Centre – the team has discovered a way to watch genes move within a plant cell.  Meanwhile, a cocoa disease that has affected Ghana is now affecting the Ivory Coast and a microbiologist …

B4FA Week in Review – 3 September 2013

September 4th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
3 September 2013
This week you’ll find an especially robust section from Ugandan B4FA Media Fellows as they report on the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill which continues to be reviewed.
Likewise in Tanzania the safety of GMOs continues to be discussed, including in an interview with Dr. …

B4FA Week in Review – 28 August 2013

August 30th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
28 August 2013
Over the past two weeks, plant science has had a high profile in the news – it featured in a recent New York Time’s article on Golden Rice as well as a Nature article on whether GM crops pass benefits to weeds. Scientific …

B4FA Week in Review – 14 August 2013

August 30th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
14 August 2013
This week the discussion of plant genetics in Africa focuses largely on genetic modification, including stories (both audio and print) on former anti-GMO campaigner Mark Lynas and the news that Ghana is testing four GM crops in confined field trials.  One journalist analyses …

B4FA Week in Review – 7 August 2013

August 7th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
7 August 2013
We thought last week’s newsletter was our best ever – but perhaps we were mistaken!  Below, B4FA’s Media Fellows from Ghana, Nigerian, Tanzania and Uganda prove that plant genetics is a newsworthy topic!
We have now uploaded many of the presentations from our plant genetics courses …

B4FA Week in Review – 30 July 2013

July 31st, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
30 July 2013
This week’s Week in Review may be our best yet, thanks to the many excellent articles/videos/radio stories our B4FA Media Fellows have produced, as well as a number of interesting genetics stories in the news.  See some of the top global stories below …

B4FA Week in Review – 24 July 2013

July 24th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
24 July 2013
Welcome back to the B4FA Week in Review!
A number of B4FA Media Fellows took the opportunity to attend Africa Science Week in Accra, Ghana – read more on our web site, and see below the articles that many of the journalists have written based on …

B4FA Week in Review – 9 July 2013

July 11th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
9 July 2013
This week CNN asks whether family farming is part of the answer for poverty in many countries.  With 2014 as the UN Year of Family Farming, this will continue to be an important question.
A research team investigating climate change and plants have found a chemical that …

B4FA Week in Review – 2 July 2013

July 2nd, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
2 July 2013
This week our very own Sir Brian Heap has published an article in Nature on why the EU should rethink GM crops anda new report discusses the issue in more depth – see the article to the right for more information.
You’ll see below a number of new developments this week, …

B4FA Week in Review – 25 June 2013

June 25th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
25 June 2013
This week some of the most momentous plant science news occurred outside of Africa – but what will its effects be for the continent? In the UK, Environment Secretary Owen Patterson gave a speech that strongly supported GM crops, including comments on their …