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Friday, 2013/07/12 | 08:08:19

Member economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are seeking to widen the availability of agricultural biotechnologies to attain food security and boost farmer incomes

Thursday, 2013/07/11 | 08:26:10

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has released a high-iron pearl millet variety known as Dhanshakti. The said variety is the first mineral biofortified crop cultivar to be officially released and reaching farmers' fields in India.

Saturday, 2013/07/06 | 18:03:31

A Kenyan Member of Parliament (MP), Hon. Dr. Wilbur Ottichilo has called on the country's new Government to rescind the ban on GMO imports imposed by the previous administration. Hon. Ottichilo made the call during the launch of the Global Status on Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2012 Report on 27 June in Nairobi.

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.

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