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Wednesday, 2020/05/20 | 08:15:28

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is seeking $350 million to scale up hunger-fighting and livelihoods-boosting activities in food crisis contexts where COVID-19's impact could be devastating. Although the pandemic's full-scale and long-term impact on food security is yet to be revealed, evidence shows that in countries already hit by acute hunger, people are increasingly struggling to have access to food as incomes fall and food prices rise.

Tuesday, 2020/05/19 | 11:26:05

Imposing trade restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic can have dramatic adverse impacts on food security, as Glauber et al. (link), Balié and Valera (link), and Laborde et al. (link) have suggested. And, while the crisis will likely impact food security through other significant channels, such as the effects on incomes (link), understanding the potential food price and hunger impacts specifically from trade bans demonstrates how harmful these policies can be to efforts to withstand this shock.

Monday, 2020/05/18 | 08:46:14

FAO Director-General QU Dongyu today offered his best wishes to Ambassador Esti Andayani, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to FAO, who took over the chair of the Rome chapter of The Group of 77 and China at the United Nations. “I work to support all Member States in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” and “we are on the same page and in the same boat,” the Director-General said. “We will never stop all the efforts we are making and will even intensify them during this difficult pandemic time.”


Sunday, 2020/05/17 | 08:06:59

A paper published in Nature reports that researchers have generated a full-length clone of SARS-CoV-2 genome using artificial chromosomes in brewers' yeast. The researchers say that a major benefit of the yeast system is its speed and stability. Reconstructing and modifying the genomes of disease-causing viruses are essential for studying their method of infection, replication, drugs that might work against them, and potential vaccines.

Saturday, 2020/05/16 | 06:29:26

An international research team has uncovered the answer to a decades-old question - how do plants forget? Like humans, plants have memories too, although they do it differently. For example, many plants sense and remember prolonged cold during winter to ensure that they flower in spring. This "epigenetic memory" occurs by modifying specialized proteins called histones, which are important for packaging and indexing DNA in the cell. One such histone modification called H3K27me3 marks genes that are turned off. In the case of flowering, cold conditions cause H3K27me3 to accumulate at genes that control flowering.

Friday, 2020/05/15 | 08:28:22

In December 2019, Wuhan City in China became the epicenter of a respiratory disease outbreak with mysterious origins, that spread to many countries immediately. To investigate the matter and control the disease roll out, suspected and infected patients were placed in isolation, contact tracings were conducted, and detailed clinical and epidemiologic data were gathered.

Thursday, 2020/05/14 | 08:12:15


The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, said today that significant gains had been made in the fight against the desert locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen. He stressed, however, that more needs to be done to prevent a food security crisis, as the ongoing rainy season not only provides livelihoods for farmers and pastoralists but also favourable conditions for locusts to breed. 

Wednesday, 2020/05/13 | 08:19:21

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) released its statement granting Oxitec Ltd. the experimental use permit (EUP) to field test the use of genetically engineered (GE) Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. This approval will allow Oxitec to continue its projects using the Friendly™ mosquito technology that was designed to control mosquito populations and decrease the risk of spreading mosquito-borne diseases.

Tuesday, 2020/05/12 | 08:10:23

Science Media Centre Malaysia (SMC), in collaboration with ISAAA, The Petri Dish, and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) hosted a webinar on the Impact of COVID-19 on Food Systems. The webinar had four panelists, ISAAA Global Coordinator Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan; Professor Dr. Paul S. Teng, Adjunct Senior Fellow (Food Security) at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore; Associate Professor Dr. Shaufique Fahmi Ahmad Sidique

Monday, 2020/05/11 | 05:47:16

Researchers at Canada's Western University and Suncor have teamed up to produce serological test kits for COVID-19. PhD candidates Daniel Giguere and Sam Slattery are developing algae as a production factory to make the necessary proteins to identify COVID-19 antibodies in people who were previously infected with the disease.

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