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With CRISPR and machine learning, startups fast-track crops to consume less, produce more

September 27th, 2019 / Nature, UK

Inari, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, plans to use the total $144 million it has raised so far to develop crops that are more productive and consume less water and fertilizer than those currently produced by seed conglomerates. The company will focus on major crops such as corn, soybean, wheat and …

Drought resistant farming breakthrough: GMO corn survives nearly two months without water thanks to tomato genes

September 27th, 2019 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

The intense desert to the south of the Coquimbo Region in Chile makes molecular biologist Simón Ruiz think about how to take advantage of the more than two million hectares of arid and semi-arid lands that Chile has.

“Many plant species cannot survive salinity, drought and constant temperature changes. We [are …

Nigeria stresses importance of biotechnology for food security

September 27th, 2019 / ISAAA, US

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, announced that the Federal Government (FG) of Nigeria is working hard in applying genetic engineering and biotechnology. This is to ensure food safety and security in the country, as it recognizes the importance of both fields in boosting local food production and decreasing the need for continuous …

New research paves way to make more crops resilient to floods

September 26th, 2019 / Live Mint

With the increase in frequency and intensity of extreme rainfall events causing severe damage to crops worldwide, a new study has paved way to enhance flood tolerance of more crops species through genetic engineering.

In a new research published in peer-reviewed journal, Science, scientists studied how other crops behaved when submerged …

Africa: the food industry needs to do more to support heathy foods

September 26th, 2019 / AllAfrica

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Director-General Qu Dongyu has called for the food industry to do more to support healthy foods, and to reduce food loss and waste throughout the cycle of food systems from farm to fork.

“Nutrition should not be an ends in itself, but rather a means …

The human health benefits from GM crops

September 26th, 2019 / Plant Biotechnology Journal

The Human Health Benefits from GM CropsGenetically modified (GM) crops represent the most rapidly adopted technology in the history of agriculture, having now reached twenty-five years of commercial production. Grown by millions of farmers, many in developing countries, the technology is providing significant economic and environmental benefits, such as reductions …

CRISPR might be the banana’s only hope against a deadly fungus

September 25th, 2019 / Nature, UK

The race to engineer the next-generation banana is on. The Colombian government confirmed last month that a banana-killing fungus has invaded the Americas — the source of much of the world’s banana supply. The invasion has given new urgency to efforts to create fruit that can withstand the scourge.

Scientists are …

India and China top hot spots of antimicrobial resistance in animals

September 25th, 2019 / SciDev.net

Asian giants China and India must take immediate steps to preserve antibiotics essential for human medicine by restricting their use in the livestock industry, recommends an author of a new study on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The study, published on 20 September in Science assessed the development of drug-resistant pathogens in developing countries. It found hot spots of …

Africa experiencing rise in antimicrobial resistance

September 25th, 2019 / Africa Science News

An international team of researchers led by ETH has shown that antimicrobial-resistant infections are rapidly increasing in animals in Africa. They produced the first global of resistance rates and identified regions where interventions are urgently needed. Read more …

Boosting farmer incomes in agricultural supply chains

September 24th, 2019 / Stanford Social Innovation Review

In the Ugandan coffee sector, smallholder farmers are starting to get a better deal. There, since 2003, a network of coffee cooperatives called the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) has been empowering smallholders to maintain ownership over the coffee they grow all the way through the value chain, …