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GM potato trials point to blight resistant crops of the future

December 4th, 2019 / TSL

A genetically modified potato with improved tuber quality and resistance to the devastating disease late blight has progressed successfully through the latest stage of trials.

The field trials follow successful lab experiments to modify Maris Piper potatoes with late blight resistance genes from wild relatives of potato called Solanum americanum and Solanum venturii.

To improve …

New study confirms Bt eggplant reduces pesticide use, helps farmers

November 23rd, 2018 / Cornell Alliance for Science

The first replicated field trials comparing genetically modified eggplant varieties with their non-GM counterparts in Bangladesh have confirmed that the Bt gene confers almost total protection against this vital crop’s most damaging pest. The field trials were carried out in the Bogra district of Bangladesh by a joint Bangladeshi-US team …

Nigerian FG commences field trials on GMO crops

October 4th, 2018 / The Guardian, Nigeria

The Federal Government has granted permits for confined field trials on genetically modified maize, rice, cassava, sorghum and cowpea to ascertain ability to resist insect attack in the country.
Country Coordinator of Open Forum on Agriculture Biotechnology (OFAB), Dr. Rose Gidado, told The Guardian that the permits were granted after in-depth …

Kenya approves field trials for disease-resistant GMO bananas

September 26th, 2017 / Genetic literacy Project, US

The National Biosafety Authority has approved field tests for genetically modified bananas, moving the country closer to accepting growing and consumption of GMO foods.
The authority…says the approval for controlled field tests was granted on November 7 last year, paving the way for the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation to …

Tanzania: field trials in progress to control toxins in food crops

July 15th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Researchers in Tanzania are conducting field trials in four regions on biological control of aflatoxins, namely Aflasafe, following a study in 2012, which showed high prevalence of the toxic compounds in maize and groundnuts in many parts of the country. Aflatoxins has been linked to the recent outbreak of a …

Nigeria NBMA: ‘GMO maize to be Ready after 5-year safety trial’

July 1st, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has said that the Genetically Modified (GMO) maize recently approved to Monsanto Agriculture Nigeria Limited may not be in the market for another five years. The five-year window period, according to the agency, is to ensure that the product meet all safety standards and …

CSIR-SARI evaluates herbicides on GM cotton varieties

November 23rd, 2015 / Ghanaweb.com

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI) has begun undertaking a confined field research on the performance of Roundup Ready herbicides on cotton varieties being cultivated in the country. Dr Emmanuel Chamba, Principal Investigator at CSIR-SARI, who is the Lead Researcher on the programme, …

Bangladeshi scientists ready for trial of world’s first ‘Golden Rice’

October 8th, 2015 / The Daily Star

Having successfully completed a trial of the genetically engineered Golden Rice in its transgenic screen house, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute is about to take the rice to confined field trials in the coming Boro season, before taking the variety to production phase. According to WHO data, one in every five …

Despite mistrust, GM foods gaining momentum in Kenya

September 14th, 2015 / Standard

A new study shows poorer countries are growing GMOs to their benefit, while controversy continues over the technology in Kenya, where a government ban on importation and consumption of GMOs has thrown the technology in the country in disarray, even though Kenya is considered the most technologically advanced in the …