Posts made in April, 2017

AFRICAN WOMEN IN BIOSCIENCES CALL FOR SUPPORTIVE POLICIES ON BIOTECHNOLOGY

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Activities, News | 0 comments

AFRICAN WOMEN IN BIOSCIENCES CALL FOR SUPPORTIVE POLICIES ON BIOTECHNOLOGY

            Some participants signing the communique in the form of a ‘support board’, addressed to the country’s leaders   26 April 2017 Kenyan women in biosciences expressed their concerns on the unpredictable biotechnology and biosafety policy environment and urged the government to streamline coordination between relevant regulatory arms to enable research. The women were speaking during the inaugural Women in Biosciences Forum held in...

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SCIENTISTS DEVELOP GE RICE THAT FLOWER ON DEMAND

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Activities, News | 0 comments

SCIENTISTS DEVELOP GE RICE THAT FLOWER ON DEMAND

            Crop Biotech Update: April 6, 2017 University of Tokyo researchers genetically engineeredrice that does not flower until it comes in contact with a specific fungicide. The results are published in Nature Plants. Takeshi Izawa and colleagues developed non-flowering rice plants by overexpressing a floral repressor gene (Grain number, plant height and heading date 7) to block natural flowering. Then they co-transformed plants with a rice florigen gene...

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SURVEY REVEALS 90% OF RURAL PRODUCERS IN BRAZIL RECOGNIZE IMPORTANCE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Activities, News | 0 comments

SURVEY REVEALS 90% OF RURAL PRODUCERS IN BRAZIL RECOGNIZE IMPORTANCE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY

            Crop Biotech Update: April 6, 2017 In an initiative to bring information to rural producers using biotechnology, Brazil’s Biotechnology Information Council (CIB) conducted a survey on 1,250 rural producers to outline a scenario about farmers’ understanding of the technologies used in soybean and corn crops, and to identify perceptions of their preservation in the field. CIB reveals that 90% of producers in Brazil recognize the importance of...

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SENEGAL READY FOR GMOS, SAYS PRESIDENT MACKY SALL

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Activities, News | 0 comments

SENEGAL READY FOR GMOS, SAYS PRESIDENT MACKY SALL

            Crop Biotech Update: April 6, 2017 The President of the Republic of Senegal, H.E. Macky Sall has made it clear that he strongly supports the adoption of biotechnology in the country provided necessary biosafety measures are taken. “I must say very clearly that I am for the use of GMOs in addressing our food security needs, so long as the necessary biosafety measures are put in place. Otherwise, we would be against progress, we must decide and...

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New rice fights off drought

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Activities, News | 0 comments

New rice fights off drought

            AtGolS2 improved Curinga grain yield in the target environment. Field performance of unmodified Curinga rice (left) and promising transgenic strain 2580 (right). Photographs were taken during stress at the grain filling stage.    PUBLIC RELEASE: 4-APR-2017 Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) have developed strains of rice that are resistant to drought in real-world situations. Published in Plant Biotechnology...

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