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Genetically engineered rice with high levels of iron and zinc is developed

February 22nd, 2016 / Rice Today

A transdisciplinary group of scientists has succeeded in increasing iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) levels in rice through biofortification—a breakthrough in the global fight against micronutrient deficiency or “hidden hunger.” Read …

Climate change and GMOs: can non-transgenic varieties address global challenges?

January 27th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Talk over rice production and genetics has been dominated by Golden Rice, the bioengineered rice variety that was enhanced to produce Vitamin A. While this has the promise to cure up to 500,000 annual worldwide cases of blindness due to Vitamin A-deficient diets, it has yet to come to market. …

Efforts to ‘turbocharge’ rice and reduce world hunger enter important new phase

December 4th, 2015 / Danforth Center

A long-term project aimed at improving photosynthesis in rice is entering its third stage, marking another step on the road to significantly increased crop yields that will help meet the food needs of billions of people across the developing world. Led by scientists at Oxford University, this phase of the …

Tanzania gives farmers U.S.$36 million for inputs and improved seeds

December 1st, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Tanzania has disbursed 2,999,778 vouchers for agriculture inputs worth $36.4 million (Tsh78.1 billion) to 999,993 farmers on the mainland so as to prepare for the new agricultural season 2015/2016. “The input subsidy vouchers have benefited many farmers of maize and rice crops by increasing production of these crops and …

Coffee, Big Ag & why demonizing GE is counterproductive

December 1st, 2015 / Biology Fortified, US

Meet the scientist, Dr Nir Oksenberg: “I think it is important for people to understand that we are not just trying to make a bunch of GMOs and hope one works. We spend years, sometimes decades, studying these plants. We don’t just want to make a plant better and …

Orphan gene could boost protein content of rice, corn and soya

November 25th, 2015 / Iowa State University, US

A recently published study from two Iowa State University scientists shows that a gene found only in a single plant species can increase protein content when introduced into staple crops. The research has implications for a wide array of crops, especially for staples grown in the developing world, where …

Nigeria’s first confined field trial of genetically improved rice

November 5th, 2015 / This Day, Nigeria

The Federal Government, and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), on Wednesday commissioned Nigeria’s first Confined Field Trial (CFT) facility for the production of a genetically improved African rice variety. It is known as Nitrogen-Use Efficient, Water-Use Efficient and Salt Tolerant (NEWEST) rice and is aimed at addressing the country’s …

Genetic makeup of thousands of rice varieties placed in global seed data pool

October 9th, 2015 / AllAfrica

Genome sequences of more than 3,000 rice varieties have been placed with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) by IRRI, the world’s leading rice research institute, in a move to set up a global data exchange system for crop genetic resources. Having genetic information …

3,000 rice genomes data free on Amazon Web Services cloud

October 2nd, 2015 / ISAAA, US

The International Rice Research Institute announced that the 3,000 Rice Genomes Project (3K RGP) has successfully sequenced 3,024 rice varieties from 89 countries. This big data is a massive source of information for understanding the natural genetic variation in rice and for discovery of novel genes linked to economically …

Twelve new crop varieties of cowpea, rice & maize released

September 21st, 2015 / Ghanaweb.com

The Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has released twelve new crop varieties onto the market. Four cowpea, seven maize varieties and a new rice variety capable to withstand hash weather conditions were released on Friday. The varieties are made up of …