Posts made in July, 2013

Three Biotechnology Scientists Awarded 2013 World Food Prize

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      2013 World Food Prize Laureates Van Montagu, Chilton and Fraley     Washington, D.C. (June 19, 2013) – Three distinguished scientists — Marc Van Montagu of Belgium, and Mary-Dell Chilton andRobert T. Fraley of the United States — were today named the winners of the 2013 World Food Prize during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department, where Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the keynote address. Mr. John Ruan III, Chairman of the World Food Prize, also...

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Rizal Genome Project Finds Funding, Ready to Start Mapping

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            By ROUCHELLE R. DINGLASAN, June 19, 2013   Filipinos will soon get to know the country’s national hero like never before as the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) readies the reconstruction of Jose P. Rizal’s DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid). On a Monday night Facebook post, Dr. Corazon De Ungria, PGC program manager for forensics and ethnicity, confirmed that they will start mapping Rizal’s Maternal DNA. “Our newest project has been approved! Funding from...

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No toxic pesticides in Bt eggplant–scientists

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              [Marvyn N. Benaning, 14 July 2013] SCIENTISTS are turning the tables on Greenpeace and other advocates of the ban on field trials of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplants, saying that the genetically modified (GM) vegetable eliminates the use of toxic pesticides. Bt eggplant is actually the best bet against the disastrous fruit and shoot borer (FSB), a pest that gnaws away anywhere from 50 percent to 73 percent of all eggplants, said Dr. Lourdes...

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World Changing Technology Enables Crops to Take Nitrogen from the Air

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            Prof. Edward Cocking, developer of the N-Fix system   [Jul 25, 2013] A major new technology has been developed by The University of Nottingham, which enables all of the world’s crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilisers. Nitrogen fixation, the process by which nitrogen is converted to ammonia, is vital for plants to survive and grow. However, only a very small number of plants, most...

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APEC Targets Greater Use of Biotechnologies to Enhance Food Security

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            [Medan, Indonesia, 4 July 2013] Issued by the APEC High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology—Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group Joint Meeting   APEC member economies are seeking to widen the availability of agricultural biotechnologies to help ensure adequate food supplies and boost the livelihoods of farmers.Agricultural and biotechnology experts from around the Pacific Rim laid the groundwork for increased regulatory...

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