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Thursday, 2014/08/14 | 08:14:10

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization has been ratified by 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and thus will be implemented on October 12, 2014.

Wednesday, 2014/08/13 | 08:03:53

To improve insect pest resistance of cotton, scientists at Huazhong Agricultural University in China used gene stacking strategy. First, they introduced Cry9C from Bacillus thuringiensis into cotton (cultivar Simian-3) through Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. The intergration and expression of the gene were confirmed by PCR and RT-PCR.

Monday, 2014/08/11 | 08:08:11

Pakistani and Indian scientists affirm that biotechnology is a vital means to augment food production by 5 to 6 per cent and it can bring about ‘food security' in any country. During an interview with ACJ News on Friday, Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center (PABIC) Director at Karachi University, Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary said that food inadequacy is recognized as a global primary issue.

Sunday, 2014/08/10 | 06:39:19

In response to the request of the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) assessed the documents forwarded by France in support of its request to ban the planting of GM maize MON810 in the EU. According to EFSA, the scientific publications and the arguments forwarded by France do not provide any new information that would change the previous risk assessment conclusions and risk management recommendations released by the EFSA GMO Panel.

Saturday, 2014/08/09 | 06:32:38

A new company, Persephone Bio Ltd. formed by Cathie Martin and Eugenio Butelli from the John Innes Centre is working on modified tomatoes to produce high levels of useful compounds. Named after the Greek goddess of vegetation, Persephone Bio Ltd. will use biotechnology to manufacture sought-after bioactive ingredients for the cosmetics industry.

Friday, 2014/08/08 | 07:55:58

In an article released in GM Crops and Food, biotech experts Naglaa Abdallah, Vivian Moses, and CS Prakash presented how biotech applications can improve plant's tolerance to abiotic stresses brought about by climate change. According to the article, developing countries, particularly those in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa

Thursday, 2014/08/07 | 08:03:49

Former Defra Secretary, Owen Paterson, expressed his pride in promoting GM technology in his article published at The Telegraph. He mentioned his experiences in facing anti-biotech groups and said that he just kept in his mind that those were not the people he was elected to serve.

Tuesday, 2014/08/05 | 08:29:11

The newly published  book Biotechnology in Africa: Emergence, Initiatives and Future contains the summary of biotechnology status in Africa with stress on the importance of political will in solving food and nutritional security in Africa. The book was edited by Florence Wambugu and Daniel Kamanga of Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation.

Tuesday, 2014/08/05 | 07:55:31

The antibiotic resistance of pathogenic microorganisms is a worldwide problem. To solve this, new antibiotics are needed. Magdalena Zuk and researchers from the Wroclaw University in Poland now study the potential of genetically modified flax in producing antibiotics.

Sunday, 2014/08/03 | 07:35:42

National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of the United States will be conducting a science-based study on genetically engineered crops to be carried out by an ad hoc committee who will review available information on GE crops in the context of contemporary global food and agricultural system. The study will examine the history of the development and introduction of GE crops in the United States and internationally, including GE crops that were not commercialized, and the experiences of developers and producers of GE crops in different countries.

 

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