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Uganda: Anti-GMO critics smear Cornell, African science communicators – what’s the real story?

February 24th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project

African agriculturalist and science writer Isaac Ongu takes a look beyond the smear campaign leveled at the Cornell Alliance for Science. Read …

Two novel DNAs that enhance symptoms and overcome CMD2 resistance to cassava mosaic disease

February 17th, 2016 / Journal of Virology, US

Cassava is a major crop in the developing world, with its production in Africa second only to maize. Cassava mosaic disease (CMD) is one of the most important diseases of cassava and a serious constraint to production across Africa. Now two DNA sequences, SEGS-1 and SEGS-2, which produce similar …

Why we won’t be able to feed the world without GM

February 12th, 2016 / The Conversation, UK

With an increasing population, we can increase yields to meet demand without expanding area, and/or we can reduce demand enough to allow supply to catch up. Increasing supply in a sustainable way is perfectly possible. Some of this is about increasing efficiency through better farming, such as using precision …

Nigeria: Why We Developed Drought Resistant Crops – Professor Izge

February 12th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Usman Adamu Izge is a Professor of Agriculture with specialty in genetic and crop breeding at Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State. In this interview, he speaks on why he carried out research on breeding a drought resistant variety of groundnut. Read …

Anti-GMO groups side against Gates Foundation

January 26th, 2016 / AG Professional, US

The U.S. Right to Know and Global Justice Now are two activist organizations hammering against any organizations or public institution supportive of genetically modified (GM) crops and the funding of their spread in the U.S. and Africa. Both are condemning the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and those receiving money …

Using CRISPR to edit crops ensures no transgenes, undercuts anti-GM ‘foreign gene’ criticism

December 7th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project

A team of scientists from the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory have shown that the very latest gene-editing technology CRISPR can be used to make targeted changes or edits to specific genes in two UK crops – a broccoli-like brassica and barley – and that these edits are …

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 …