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Bioengineered plants help defend against Ebola and other deadly diseases

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Bioengineered plants help defend against Ebola and other deadly diseases

            National Science Fdn| Where Discoveries Begin| Mar 20 The world was gripped with panic and near hysteria when, in 2014, an Ebola disease outbreak in the West African country of Guinea threatened to become a pandemic. The disease, one of the most contagious and deadliest known to man, had hitherto caused isolated epidemics only in localized rural areas of Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This was the largest outbreak in history...

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UPLABS holds annual National Biotechnology Summit 2018

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Activities, News | 0 comments

UPLABS holds annual National Biotechnology Summit 2018

              INQUIRER.NET BRANDROOM | MARCH 5TH, 2018   To continue its mission to raise awareness about biotechnology, the UP League of Agricultural Biotechnology Students (UPLABS), holds its annual National Biotechnology Summit (NBS), a four-day biotechnology awareness program, on March 5-9, 2018 at the University of the Philippines Los Banos. This 2018, the National Biotechnology Summit, with the theme Turbulence: Treading the Water of Biotechnology,...

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GMO crops create “halo effect” that benefits organic farmers, says new research

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Activities, News | 0 comments

GMO crops create “halo effect” that benefits organic farmers, says new research

            MARK LYNAS | MARCH 13, 2018   Growing genetically modified insect-resistant corn in the United States has dramatically reduced insecticide use and created a “halo effect” that also benefits farmers raising non-GM and organic crops, new research shows. This finding, published by University of Maryland researchers in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,effectively shreds the conventional anti-GMO...

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Genetic tweak makes plants use 25% less water

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Genetic tweak makes plants use 25% less water

            Agence France-Presse / 05:21 PM March 07, 2018 Researchers on Tuesday unveiled a genetic modification that enables plants to use a quarter less water with scant reduction in yield. By altering a single gene, scientists coaxed tobacco plants, a model crop often used in experiments, to grow to near normal size with only 75 percent of the water they usually require. If major food crops respond the same way, they said, the first-of-its-kind genetic “hack”...

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15 surprising GMO and gene-edited crop advances underway in South and Central America

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Activities, News | 0 comments

15 surprising GMO and gene-edited crop advances underway in South and Central America

            Daniel Norero | Genetic Literacy Project | February 28, 2018   Latin America is a vital region in the global production of genetically modified (GM) crops, with Brazil and Argentina ranked as the world’s second and third largest producers, respectively. Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia are major producers of GM soy, with Chile and Costa Rica functioning as important counter-station seed countries. Other nations, like Colombia and Mexico, still have...

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