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Banana fungus DNA unravelled

August 18th, 2016 / ISAAA, US

Researchers at the University of California Davis and Wageningen UR have unravelled the DNA of Pseudocercospora fijiensis, the fungus that causes black Sigatoka disease in bananas globally.
The Sigatoka complex’s three fungal diseases — yellow Sigatoka (P. musae), eumusae leaf spot (P. eumusae) and black Sigatoka (P. figiensis) — emerged as …

Kenya to begin testing GMO maize, commercialization expected by 2018

August 15th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

The performance-testing of GM maize will start in October in Kitale. This comes after the National Biosafety Authority early this year approved an application by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation that requested the release of insect-resistant maize. NBA chief executive Willy Tonui …

Ghana: New skills inspire farmers

August 12th, 2016 / Africa Renewal, US

Mr. Kankam-Boadu, who had benefitted from Marshal Papworth, a UK-based charity that provides agricultural and horticultural scholarships to students from developing countries, started by teaching farmers how to increase crop yields through the use of high-yielding and drought-tolerant crop varieties, and how to apply organic manure and inorganic fertilisers to …

How biotech could revolutionize a ‘lost’ fruit

August 12th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A tomato’s taste is heavily influenced by its genes. Conventional breeding has not been able to strike a very good balance between taste and productivity, but that’s not the end of the story. Research efforts in genetic modification could bring back flavor in tomatoes, and a research study published mid-May …

New technology will re-open GM debate in Europe

August 9th, 2016 / The Independent, Ireland

New plant breeding techniques that can switch genes ‘on’ and ‘off’, and reposition genes within a plant are re-opening the genetically modified (GM) debate within Europe. See …

Public perception key for success of GM technology

August 9th, 2016 / Live Mint, India

The government needs to educate and create public awareness of the benefits of biotechnology in agriculture, Trilochan Mohapatra, secretary in the department of agricultural research and education, told a gathering of industry leaders and scientists … See …

“Genetically modified foods do not cause cancer”

August 8th, 2016 / The Nation, Nigeria

The National Biotechnology Management Agency (NBMA) is an organisation of the Federal Government positioned to regulate and ensure safe use of biotechnology in the country. Since its inauguration, it has faced lots of controversies concerning Nigeria’s readiness for such new technology. In this interview with Olugbenga Adanikin, the NBMA Director-General, …

Would greenhouse gas emissions increase dramatically if GMOs banned?

August 5th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project

What would the impact be of a global ban on GMO foods? That’s exactly the question Wally Tyner, a professor at Purdue University, set out to answer recently. The results are probably not what you might expect. See …

Uganda’s president call for adoption of GM crops

July 28th, 2016 / ISAAA, US

While officially opening the 24th edition of the Annual National Agricultural and Trade Show on July 14, 2016, President Yoweri Museveni analyzed what confuses Ugandans about GM technology, which involves transferring genes from one plant into another plant of economic interest, and to impart better qualities in the crop. …

International research makes breakthrough on highly drought-resistant rice and wheat

July 25th, 2016 / Science Daily, US

International research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough that could lead to the development of next-generation drought-proof crops. See …