Discovery Could Pave The Way For Disease-Resistant Rice Crops

Researchers have uncovered an unusual protein activity in rice that can be exploited to give crops an edge in the evolutionary arms race against rice blast disease, a major threat to rice production around the world.Magnaporthe oryzae, the fungus that leads to rice blast disease, creates lesions on

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Stressed Plants Must Have Iron Under Control

Unlike animals, plants cannot move and tap into new resources when there is a scarcity or lack of nutrients. Instead, they have to adapt to the given situation. They do so by activating sets of stress-specific genes As a result, they basically reprogram their metabolism.Plant researchers Dr. Tzvetin

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Do You Know What Casuistry Is?

I’m a fan of Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast Revisionist History. It’s about historical events and people that have been overlooked or misunderstood. A recent episode focused on casuistry, “the resolving of moral problems by the application of theoretical rules to particular instances,” according to the

  Marc Zienkiewicz

Festulolium – Evolution is Speeded Up By Plant Breeding

Sometimes plant breeding can open new doors by combining the best traits of two species. Festulolium is a relatively new species, where plant breeders have succeeded in making a successful match between two grass species – creating a new product combining the best of both parents.Festulolium is gras

  Klaus K. Nielsen

Pesticides Deliver A One-Two Punch To Honey Bees

Adjuvants are chemicals that are commonly added to plant protection products, such as pesticides, to help them spread, adhere to targets, disperse appropriately, or prevent drift, among other things. There was a widespread assumption that these additives would not cause a biological reaction after e

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Avocado Genome Has Been Sequenced

Scientists led by the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity (LANGEBIO) in Mexico, Texas Tech University, and the University at Buffalo in the USA have sequenced the avocado genome. The scientists report their findings in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scie

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Where Are The Bees? Tracking Down Which Flowers They Pollinate

Bees are in vast decline in the UK and across Europe, as are the wildflowers on which they rely. Bees have an essential role in our ecosystems and a third of all our food is dependent on their pollination; just in economic worth, pollination by bees is annually estimated at £265 billion, worldwide.T

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Road Verges Provide Refuge For Pollinators

Roadside verges provide a vital refuge for pollinators – but they must be managed better, new research shows.With many pollinator species in decline, the University of Exeter study shows verges can provide food and a home for pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hoverflies.But the study emphasi

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Seed Meets Technology Focuses on Innovation

The sixth edition of Seed Meets Technology shines a spotlight on the development of a Vision for the Future for Crop Protection 2030At the end of September, the international seed world will convene in Seed Valley to discover the latest developments in the field of seeds. Seeds Meets Technology will

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Keeping Europe’s Seed Sector Competitive

One of the main issues at the moment for the European seed sector is the possibility to uphold a competitive and independent European seed sector in the context of the uncertainty over the rights to use the New Breeding Techniques (gene editing and others) in our R&D activities dedicated to European

  Philippe Saux

New Solution for Disease Control in Corn

Committed with farmer’s needs, our company CORTEVA is excited to announce our new product launch. Lumiflex is our new seed applied fungicide that has just gotten first registration in Europe (France) in corn. The next goal is to get registration in the key countries across EU28, but also in other im

  Andre Negreiros

Can We Feed the World Without Destroying the Planet?

The ‘World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future’ shows that it is possible. There is no silver bullet –but technology can play an important role.How can the world adequately feed nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050 in ways that help combat poverty, allow the world to meet clima

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CRISPR-Cas9 Used in Mutagenesis of Soybean Seed Storage Protein Genes

CRISPR-Cas9 was used for the mutagenesis of seed storage protein genes in soybean as reported by Western University scientist Chenlong Li and colleagues in BMC Research Notes. Soybean seeds are valuable source of proteins for food and feed globally. Storage proteins conglycininc and glycinins, encod

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The International Treaty turns 15

The International Treaty (@Plant Treaty) is one of the fastest growing treaties, now boasting a membership of 146 Contracting Parties, including the European Union[1]. FAO recently acknowledged the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture as one of the Organization’s

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Plant Breeding Innovation Can Help Solve Global Challenges

Plant breeding innovations must play a role to address the global challenges such as climate change, a growing population, and the need for resource efficient farming systems. This is according to the Transgenic Research article by Petra Jorasch of the International Seed Federation.Improved plant va

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How French Plant Breeders Protect Themselves

For decades, France has had a seed royalty system for funding plant breeding innovation and creating value in the cereals sector which it continues to build on. As we work to create a value creation system of our own in Canada, Germination recently found itself in France and asked French officials t

  Marc Zienkiewicz

Argentina Successfully Develops Boll Weevil-Resistant Cotton

Scientists from Argentina have developed a transgenic cotton resistant to the cotton boll weevil through gene silencing, minimizing the damage caused by the pest and allowing cotton plants to thrive.Cotton boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) has plagued Argentina’s cotton industry for years, causing si

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European Scientists Join Forces to Enable the Potential of Genome Editing

Our planet is facing unprecedented challenges because of a rising, more affluent world population, while biodiversity is diminishing at an alarming pace and the average temperature on earth continues to rise. To meet these global challenges and others, we will have to shift our mentality and lifesty

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Armageddon – First British Bred Hybrid Super-Hot Chilli

Tozer Seeds has a has just released its first British bred hybrid hot chili pepper: Armageddon.Armageddon, which has been in development for 5 years, is the first British bred hybrid super-hot chili to come out of their chili breeding program. It’s making waves now that the fruits are being sold in

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Scientists Decode DNA Secrets of World’s Toughest Bean

UC Riverside scientists have decoded the genome of black-eyed peas, offering hope for feeding Earth’s expanding population, especially as the climate changes.Understanding the genes responsible for the peas’ drought and heat tolerance eventually could help make other crops tougher too.Black-eyed pea

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Rothamsted Responds To New PM’s Pledge On GM Crops

Statement from Professor Achim Dobermann, Director and Chief Executive of Rothamsted Research, in response to PM Boris Johnson’s pledge yesterday “…to liberate the UK’s extraordinary bio-science sector from anti-genetic modification rules and…develop the blight-resistant crops that will feed the wor

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Gene Identified That Will Help Develop Plants To Fight Climate Change

Hidden underground networks of plant roots snake through the earth foraging for nutrients and water, similar to a worm searching for food. Yet, the genetic and molecular mechanisms that govern which parts of the soil roots explore remain largely unknown. Now, Salk Institute researchers have discover

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