Posts made in June, 2014

What is the status of the Golden Rice project coordinated by IRRI?

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

What is the status of the Golden Rice project coordinated by IRRI?

              The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) reports that as of March 2014, the research, analysis, and testing of beta-carotene-enriched Golden Rice continues, in partnership with collaborating national research agencies in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. IRRI, together with its many partners across the globe, continues with the thorough analysis of the data emerging from the series of Golden Rice multi-location field...

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The problems with the arguments against GM crops

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            By Margaret Karembu 03 June 2014 Speed read A report says 18 million farmers, mostly smallholders, grew GM crops in 2013 Anti-GM debates have problems, such as hidden agenda and double standards GM crops should be grown to aid food security and environmental sustainability   New evidence shows that arguments against GM crops are unfounded, says Margaret Karembu. The year 2013 marked the 18th consecutive year of commercial cultivation...

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Genetically modified mosquitoes offer hope in malaria fight

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            In Africa, the major vectors for malaria are the Anopheles funestus and Anopheles gambiae   BY KATE KELLAND LONDON Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:03am EDT (Reuters) – Scientists have found a way of genetically modifying mosquitoes to produce sperm that only creates males, offering a potential fresh approach to fighting and eventually eradicating malaria. Researchers from Imperial College London tested a genetic method that distorts the sex ratio of...

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Super bananas – world first human trial

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            Distinguished Professor James Dale’s research to develop provitamin A-enriched bananas for Uganda will move to human clinical trials soon. 16 June 2014 The world’s first human trial of pro-vitamin A-enriched banana, expected to lift the health and well-being of millions of Ugandans and other East Africans will start very soon. The QUT project, led by Distinguished Professor James Dale and backed with close to $10 million from the Bill and...

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Genome could unlock eucalyptus potential for paper, fuel, fiber

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

              Oregon State University  |  Updated: 06/11/2014 In a collaboration spanning five continents, scientists have announced the complete sequencing of one of the world’s most widely planted trees, Eucalyptus grandis.   Used for fuel and timber, the species is valued for fast growth and straight grain. Grown usually as a hybrid, it is one of more than 500 species of eucalyptus trees and shrubs that provide a renewable source of fiber, pulp,...

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