Nigeria Approves Genetically Modified TELA Maize for Open Cultivation

The Federal Government of Nigeria has granted environmental approval for evaluation and open cultivation of TELA Maize, a new maize variety genetically modified to tolerate moderate drought and resist the fall armyworm and stem borer. TELA maize has the potential to transform Nigeria’s farming communities with higher yields, better grain quality, and higher farm income….

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Pakistan joins world community to reduce food loss and waste

Themed “Reducing food loss and waste and promoting global food security” and co-hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, the National Development and Reform Commission of China, the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration of China, and Shandong Provincial Government, the conference aimed to build an international platform and unite the…

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Researchers Design Sensors to Rapidly Detect Plant Hormones

Researchers from the Disruptive and Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) interdisciplinary research group of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, and their local collaborators from Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), have developed the first-ever nanosensor to enable rapid testing of synthetic auxin…

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Covid Virus Rapidly Evolves to Higher Infectivity during in Vitro Growth, Which May be Step toward Lower Virulence

They asked a simple question: Which mutations predominate when the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is grown in successive generations — called passages by virologists — in tissue culture? The UAB researchers found that SARS-CoV-2 isolates rapidly adapted as they grew in repeated passages in Vero E6 cells, a strain of kidney cells that is…

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Kenya opens the door to GMO cultivation

Eliud Krieger highlighted the importance of developing insect-resistant corn by noting that Kenya “is losing about 40% of the 42 million bags of maize to stem-borer and other pests and we have to import to make up for the losses.” In addition to conducting research and commercializing GMO crops, Kenyan scientists are engaged in projects…

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Functional Genomics can Assist Molecular Breeding of Maize

Tissue-culture-based genetic transformation, a commonly used maize breeding technique, however, is limited by two major roadblocks: First, the relative unavailability of genome sequences of inbred lines that show stark phenotypic variations and second, difficulty in inducing callus from immature maize embryos on tissue culture media—the initial step of genetic transformation. Dr. Yaou Shen of Sichuan…

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Chinese Modern Technology Enthusiastic for Rice Production in Pakistan

Michael Guo, sales manager of Hefei Meyer optoelectronic technology international said that they started to sell the color sorter to the Pakistan market in 2008; it’s very hard to promote the Chinese Brand at the very beginning, as many people prefer to buy European and Japanese Brand. He said that in the first five years they only sold not…

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The Role ‘Green’ Laboratories can play in Opposition to the Climate Change

Several organizations such as My Green Lab, Irish Green Labs (currently under development), Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Ciruléire, and others are assisting scientists across Ireland to make a positive change to their work and create a culture of sustainability in the laboratory. However, more effort is required before 2030 and this program offers…

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Genetic Engineering will Lead the way to Food Security, India must Invest in Research & Development

According to biotechnologist Dr., Deepak Pental said that the Breakthroughs in genetic engineering and editing are critical to India achieving a sustainable agricultural system of low-cost input and high yield, in New Delhi. Noting that the growing population will lead to a considerable food grain requirement, Pental, a genetics professor and former vice-chancellor of Delhi…

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