Posts made in September, 2014

New Cornell Alliance for Science gets $5.6 million grant

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

              By Stacey Shackford Aug. 21, 2014 A new international effort led by Cornell will seek to add a stronger voice for science and depolarize the charged debate around agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Supported by a $5.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Cornell Alliance for Science will help inform decision-makers and consumers through an online information portal and training...

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A New Generation of GMOs

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            Is synthetic biology on its way to our farms, markets and tables?   By Josie Garthwaite @journojos September 18, 2014 — Thousands of researchers will descend on Boston this fall for an event billed as the world’s largest gathering of synthetic biologists. The field is evolving so rapidly that even scientists working in it don’t agree on a definition, but at its core synthetic biology involves bringing engineering principles to biotechnology. It’s...

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Amped-up plants

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            This image shows a tobacco plant that has been genetically engineered for the first time so that all its organic material comes from carbon fixation by a cyanobacterial (blue-green algae) enzyme. It is an important first step in creating plants with more efficient photosynthesis.   Bacterial enzyme supercharges photosynthesis, promising increased yields for crops.   17 September 2014 The catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide and water to...

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Biotech expected to boost PH export bid

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

              September 8th, 2014 Government and private sector leaders recently said the growth of agricultural biotechnology has boosted the country’s prospects for increased food and feed export to the regional market while reducing overall grains importation. According to Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary Segfredo Serrano, higher yields for the yellow corn biotech variety “favored the livestock industry and enabled farmers to export corn...

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Filipino farmers and other stakeholders push for commercialization of Bt eggplant

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

              SEARCA BIC Media Release 08-September-2014 Local government constituents including municipal agriculturists and farmers from the province of Pangasinan, Philippines; students of Pangasinan State University (PSU), and other stakeholders signed a declaration of support for the commercial planting of the pest resistant Bt eggplant after a Public Dialogue held about said biotech crop at PSU-Sta. Maria Campus on September 3, 2014. The declaration...

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