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How plant sensors detect pathogens

August 26th, 2015 / Erika Alert, AAAS, US

An international team of scientists describes precisely how a plant senses a pathogen, bringing an unprecedented level of detail to Flor’s model. “We know that plants have sensors to detect pathogens but we knew little about how they work,” says Professor Banfield from the John Innes Centre (UK). See …

GMO technologies and the realities

August 10th, 2015 / Swarajya, India

The decision makers need to dispassionately study the GMO technology. They need to take the lead in standing up to the anti-science activists and sift the wheat from the chaff. See …

Nutrition professionals need to enter conversation on GMOs

July 27th, 2015 / Nutrevolve, UK

Discussion of how we can leverage genetic engineering for better health, nutrition and research and suggests nutrition professionals should get more interested in this technology, and encourage a political/regulatory system (and more importantly, a public) that allows for the tools of genetic engineering to be applied to our food, beyond …

Crop modification techniques

July 24th, 2015 / Biology Fortified, US

To help educate people about the many methods that are used to generate new traits in plants, Biology Fortified has created an infographic on six different crop modification techniques, with examples of crops generated with each method. We hope that it will to help people understand and relate to the …

Burkinabe farmer clears air on genetically modified crops

June 28th, 2015 / News Daily, Nigeria

An award-winning farmer in Burkina Faso, Dr. Traore François in a debate titled, ‘Controversy’, aired on National Radio and Television of Burkina Faso, joined in explaining the benefits of biotechnology for farmers in Burkina Faso. In the debate, which centered on the advantages and disadvantages of genetically modified (GM) crops, …

Mighty farming microbes: bacteria to give crops a boost

June 13th, 2015 / Interlochen Public Radio

What if farmers, instead of picking up some agricultural chemicals at their local dealer, picked up a load of agricultural microbes instead? It’s something to contemplate, because some big names in the pesticide business — like Bayer and Monsanto — are putting money behind attempts to turn soil microbes into …

Nigeria: providing the world with better quality food and produce

June 11th, 2015 / This Day Live, Nigeria

“With the appropriately trained technical and vocational education training (TVET) specialists manning our most critical sectors of agriculture, Nigeria can use biotechnology to the best advantage, providing the world with better quality food and produce, ramping-up its industrial production of agro-allied products, managing its waste by converting them into useful …

Nigeria’s cotton farming fading away …

May 5th, 2015 / Naija247 News

There are strong indications that cotton farmers in Nigeria may lose out in the race for foreign exchange earnings accruable from exportation of the agricultural biotechnology cotton, known as Bt cotton, which farmers in some African countries are already taking advantage of. Read …

Training young scientists to help farmers

May 4th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Lominda Afedraru writes “Investing in closing gaps in plant breeding and seed systems is critical in combating hunger, malnutrition and poverty. And to address these challenges requires human capital and working systems, among others.To achieve this goal, Makerere University has developed a curriculum to train students in plant …

VOICES AND VIEWS: WHY BIOTECH?

May 4th, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA

Is there a place for biotechnology in the world? What is its impact? These are some of the questions answered by biotech experts, farmers, economists, and journalists in ISAAA’s latest brief titled Voices and Views: Why Biotech? Read …