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Friday, 2013/07/05 | 08:20:56

An international research team led by plant biologist Sean Cutler at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), has found a new drought-protecting compound that could become a powerful crop protection tool. Named "quinabactin" by the researchers, the compound was found to mimic abscisic acid (ABA), a naturally occurring stress hormone that helps plants cope with drought conditions.

Wednesday, 2013/07/03 | 08:28:17

Genetically modified (GM) crops are "categorically" safer than conventional crops because they are subjected to much greater scrutiny than traditional varieties, Owen Patterson, Secretary of State for Food, Environment, and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom, said in his speech at Rothamsted Research on June 20.

Monday, 2013/07/01 | 08:23:59

Rosalie Ellasus, a progressive farmer from the Philippines, expressed her opinion about the decision of the Philippine Court of Appeals to stop the field trials of Bt eggplant. According to Ellasus, eggplant is the leading vegetable in the country and it would be easier for Filipino farmers to plant it if the technology was allowed to proceed towards commercialization

Sunday, 2013/06/30 | 15:05:44

The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) has issued Circular No. 08/2013/TT-BTNMT that governs the issuance of Biosafety Certificates of GMOs. The Circular covers the procedures to apply and grant biosafety certificates, roles and responsibilities of the applicants and related organizations.

Thursday, 2013/06/27 | 07:57:54

An international team of researchers led by Kansas University Professor Barbara Valent has found out how the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae invades plant tissues. The findings is a step toward controlling the disease, estimated to destroy rice enough to feed 60 million people annually

Monday, 2013/06/24 | 15:58:05

Nigeria's Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Bukar Tijani, has announced a partnership with Brazil on food, poultry production, and agricultural technology transfer. According to the Minister, Nigeria is keen to partner with Brazil, which is one of the largest producers of rice in the world, on poultry, rice, and soya beans production.

Monday, 2013/06/24 | 15:25:27

The US confectionery corporation Mars is planning to work with American and Chinese scientists to sequence and make publicly available the genetic makeup of various 'orphan crops' such as yam, finger millet, tef, groundnut, cassava, and sweet potato.

Sunday, 2013/06/23 | 07:19:09

During the inauguration of the International Conference on Biotechnology, Matia Chowdhury, the Bangladeshi Agriculture Minister, stressed the importance of Biotechnology for Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Forestry, Food and Pharmaceuticals. She also emphasized on theneed for stress tolerant GM crops to cope with the effects of environmental disasters.

Saturday, 2013/06/22 | 22:08:26

Two weeks ago I attended a medical symposium in Kitasato University, Tokyo, Japan and was shocked to learn of the lesser known chronic effects of insecticides on human health, particularly brain damages. As most of us seldom read medical research papers or attend medical conferences, I thought of sharing some of the new information in the medical front.

Friday, 2013/06/21 | 07:59:42

Africa must increase its engineering capacity, and develop human and institutional capacity through more training and better labs in science, technology and innovation (STI), according to the draft report of AU's expert panel that was set up to review the continent's Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action.

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