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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 …

B4FA Week in Review – 26 April 2017

April 27th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week we feature a story on microscopic soil organisms, potentially an environmentally friendly way of controlling crop pests and diseases and even protecting against the impacts of climate change. At a time when Africa is battling an outbreak of trans-boundary pests and diseases including the South America fall armyworm, …

B4FA Week in Review – 19 April 2017

April 19th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week saw the launch of a new journal, Lancet Planetary Health, which focuses on “the interplay between health and the determinants of health in our living and physical world.” In addition to articles on biodiversity loss and the ecology of infectious disease, food systems, nutrition, health and the environment …

B4FA Week in Review – 12 April 2017

April 12th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Bad news is emerging from Kenya this week as armyworm infestation spreads throughout the country, threatening to devastate maize, sorghum, millet and wheat, as well as the possibility of damaging livestock pasture – on top of a drought-inflicted food crisis. According to an article in AllAfrica, worms have been sighted “in Trans …

B4FA Week in Review – 5 April 2017

April 5th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Last week, US president Donald Trump signed an order to undo the Obama administration’s climate policies, making clear that the United States has no intention to meet former pledges to cut carbon emissions. While this reversal is aimed at protecting coal-based energy within the country, its effects are far reaching, …

B4FA Week in Review – 29 March 2017

March 29th, 2017 / B4FA.org

World Water Day took place on 22 March this year, and while much of its focus is on sanitation, this year’s theme of Wastewater touches on the role of water in agriculture. A piece in BizCommunity “Thinking of wastewater as a resource & not a problem to maximise its potential …

B4FA Week in Review – 22 March 2017

March 22nd, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, maize takes center stage in headlines. First, a story in Newsweek (“A genetically modified corn could stop a deadly fungal poison – if we let it”) recaps last week’s news that scientists at the University of Arizona have developed a strain of genetically modified corn that may prevent …

B4FA Week in Review – 15 March 2017

March 15th, 2017 / B4FA.org

There’s been a report of a breakthrough this week from scientists at the University of Arizona, who are using transgenic maize plants to produce RNA molecules that stop fungi from producing aflatoxin. A report published in Science Advances showed that the transgenic maize infected with the fungus suppressed the toxin …