Posts made in September, 2012

PHL-based scientists’ discovery could boost rice yields by 20 percent

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Activities, News | 0 comments

PHL-based scientists’ discovery could boost rice yields by 20 percent

            Scientists on Wednesday said they had developed a strain of rice that grows well in soils lacking the nutrient phosphorus, a feat that could boost crop yields for some farmers by as much as a fifth. The announcement ends a quest to pinpoint a mystery gene that helps the roots of baby rice plants tease phosphorus from the soil, enabling them to notch up strong, early growth. The gene has now been transferred to modern varieties of rice using classic...

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Fashion for Biotech Contest – Biotech corn: from Farms to Fashion Ramp

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Fashion for Biotech Contest – Biotech corn: from Farms to Fashion Ramp

              Please download contest mechanics here: Fashion for Biotech Contest Mechanics 2012 Download poster here: Fashion for Biotech Contest 2012 poster Read more here: Biotech Corn...

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Renewable Biofuels from Microalgae

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Activities, Archive, News | 0 comments

Renewable Biofuels from Microalgae

              by Danilo P. Manayaga1, Ch.E President and CEO, Secura International Corp.   Introduction From 1978 to 1996, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fuels Development funded a program to develop renewable transportation fuels from algae. The main focus of the program, known as the Aquatic Species Program (or ASP)2 was the production of biodiesel from high lipid – content algae grown in ponds, utilizing waste CO2 from coal fired...

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Nutrient-boosted foods protect against blindness

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Nutrient-boosted foods protect against blindness

  Editorial: “Nutrient-boosted Golden Rice should be embraced”   THERE’S a new weapon in the battle against blindness, and it’s bright orange. A sweet potato bred naturally to contain loads more beta carotene than its traditional counterparts has helped stave off vitamin A deficiency in thousands of Ugandans. The announcement comes as other results confirm that beta-carotene-packed genetically modified rice can also boost dietary vitamin A effectively. Beta...

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Development of Fruit and Shoot Borer-Resistant (FSBR) Eggplant in the Philippines

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Development of Fruit and Shoot Borer-Resistant (FSBR) Eggplant in the Philippines

“Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) is a vegetable with worldwide importance. It can have oval, elongated or round fruits that are striped or plain-colored, ranging from dark purple, light purple, green, yellow to white. The fruits are used in many cuisines. They are boiled, stewed, roasted, pickled, fried or baked. In the Philippines, eggplant is a popular ingredient in dishes such as pinakbet, torta, sinigang, ensalada and kare-kare.”   Please read more of the Q&A’s...

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