First Potato Tissue Culture Lab in East and Central Africa Commissioned in Uganda

Rebecca Kadaga, was Thursday commissioned the first-ever Irish Potato Tissue Culture Laboratory in East and Central Africa. Started 20 years ago, AGT was the first Ugandan tissue culture initiative to scale up and commercialize, transforming into the biggest tissue culture laboratory in East and Central Africa. AGT has also set up 500 demonstration plots throughout…

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One Step Closer to Efficient Cannabis Production

Micropropagation is a technique used for growing large quantities of new plants from fewer “parent” plants, yielding clones with the same, predictable qualities. The cannabis industry, however, has been largely left out of this beneficial technique, because this species of plant is extremely difficult to micropropagate. Currently, the commercial cannabis industry relies on other propagation techniques, such as collecting seeds or taking carefully timed…

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About all Cash Crops is Genetically Engineered Now

More than 90 percent of all corn, cotton, and soybeans planted in the U.S. are genetically engineered, according to data from the Department of Agriculture. The number of crops modified to be herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant has increased dramatically since 2000. That year, a quarter of corn planted was genetically engineered. Now, 20 years later, about 92…

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Bangladesh developing new generation of genetically engineered disease-resistant Bt eggplant to fight plant diseases, dramatically cutting insecticide use

Starting with only 20 farmers in 2014, the technology of Bt brinjal – a crop developed to drastically lower hazardous pesticide application – reached 65,000 eggplant growers this year, making it the fastest expanding biotech product in Bangladesh. Now, riding on the huge success of Bangladesh’s fastest expanding biotech crop, breeders are working on developing two new…

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World Bank Report Highlights Risks Posed by COVID to Pakistan’s Economy

ISLAMABAD: A new World Bank report released on Wednesday termed new waves of infection, the emergence of vaccine-resistant strains coupled with setbacks in mass vaccinations as major risks to the economic outlook of Pakistan. Output growth is expected to recover gradually over the medium-term, averaging 2.2 percent over fiscal years 2021-2023, mostly due to contributions…

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Operation Ordered in Opposition to Sale of Substandard Fertilizers, Pesticides

RAWALPINDI – Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) General, Rawalpindi, Qasim Ijaz has directed the authorities concerned to launch a crackdown against sellers of substandard fertilizers and pesticides. The ADC asked the officers to make all-out efforts to ensure the quality of the fertilizers and pesticides and their availability at the rates fixed by the government. He…

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PARC Conducts Seminar for Rice Farmers

ISLAMABAD: PARC organized a rice field seminar on 27th March 2021 at Zaidi Farms, Kakar Gill, Shaikupura. Dr. M Azeem Khan, Chairman, PARC viewed seminars as an important part of farmer’s support system. While addressing the participants Dr. Sarfraz Ahmad said PARC is identifying site-specific potential researchable issues with a multi-disciplinary team in different rice…

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Decellularized Spinach Serves as an Edible Platform for Laboratory-Grown Meat

Spinach, a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly scaffold, provided an edible platform upon which a team of researchers led by a Boston College engineer has grown meat cells, an advance that may accelerate the development of cultured meat, according to a new report in the advance online edition of the journal Food BioScience. Stripped of all…

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