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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Food Shortage: A Biggest Future Challenge

Food scarcity is one of the biggest challenges of the future and Global food insecurity is the leading threat in the developing world, stated by Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of the PABIC and International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, and COMSTECH Coordinator-General, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at…

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Food Shortage: A Biggest Future Challenge

Food scarcity is one of the biggest challenges of the future and Global food insecurity is the leading threat in the developing world, stated by Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of the PABIC and International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, and COMSTECH Coordinator-General, on Tuesday, at the seminar on…

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Chinese Agrichemical Giant to Establish Plant in Faisalabad’s Special Economic Zone

BEIJING – General Manager of Zhengbang Agriculture Pakistan Private Limited, Zhang Shilu has planned to invest Rs700 million to establish an agrichemical plant at Allama Iqbal Special Economic Zone, Faisalabad. Under the second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the friendly business environment, and huge market potential in Pakistan, Zhangbang began to prepare for the agrichemical…

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EGFR Inhibitors in Cancer Treatment may be Associated with Adverse Cutaneous Events

A number of epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors used in the oncology setting continue to demonstrate impacts on keratinocyte growth and cause adverse skin reactions, according to a study. “Cutaneous adverse drug reactions associated with oncology therapy involve 45% to 100% of patients receiving kinase inhibitors,” Nicolas Joly-Tonetti, of Johnson & Johnson Santé Beauté France,…

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