Bt Brinjal Making Rounds in Bangladesh

The actual number of farmers growing Bt eggplant is likely to be larger as some farmers use seeds they saved from the previous season or share seeds with other farmers. Farmers have benefited from the technology by getting higher yields and savings due to the reduced use of pesticides to control the eggplant fruit and shoot…

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First Information Platform Launched for Pakistan-China Agriculture

BEIJING: The first information platform for China-Pakistan agricultural and industrial cooperation was launched, echoing the priority agenda of the second phase of CPEC, which is Pakistan’s agricultural and industrial development and improvement of social welfare. Jointly initiated by China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and China Economic Net (CEN), the platform will serve as a bridge…

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New variety of paintbrush lily developed by a novel plant tissue culture technique

In plants, the number of chromosome sets in cells affects a large number of desirable characteristics. In general, the greater the number of chromosome sets, the more like the plant is to have larger flowers, larger fruits, be more disease resistant, and so on. In addition to increasing the ornamental value of this plant, this is one of the first studies that use «endosperm…

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China To Accept Further Domestic GMO Corn, Soy Crop Varieties

BEIJING, China said on Monday it was set to approve the safety of another genetically modified corn variety and a GMO soybean, both produced by Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co Ltd. The move comes after China last year approved three domestically designed GMO crops as safe, the first in a decade, in a fresh push towards commercial planting of GMO…

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China plans to focus on growing GM crops

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) — China will industrialize biotech breeding as part of a campaign to improve food security, top leaders said in a recent policy statement, signalling Beijing could soon take a further step toward commercializing genetically modified crops. According to a statement issued after the annual Central Economic Work Conference held on Dec. 16-18, China…

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Dispelling the fears over Bt cotton

It has been under commercial cultivation since 1996 in the US and several other countries, and in India since March 2002. In every country, including India, Bt cotton was subjected to rigorous bio-safety tests for 7-10 years to prove its safety to non-target beneficial organisms (like animals including mammals, birds, fish, earthworms, honey bees, parasitoids,…

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