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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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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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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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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Consumers in Costa Rica Show Favorable Attitudes on CRISPR Foods, Survey

Gene editing technologies such as the use of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) has been used by many researchers to enhance crops traits such as yield and nutritional quality. To analyze the perceptions and attitudes of consumers towards the use of this new technolog

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Plant Probe Could Help Estimate Bee Exposure to Neonicotinoid Insecticides

Bee populations are declining, and neonicotinoid pesticides continue to be investigated — and in some cases banned — because of their suspected role as a contributing factor. However, limitations in sampling and analytical techniques have prevented a full understanding of the connection. Now, resear

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Can Palm Oil be Replaced?

FAT is Making Sense of the Oilseeds Market.Oleic, high oleic, low oleic, linoleic, fatty acids, saturated, unsaturated, mono, poly, palm, no palm, sustainable palm: the oilseeds market is certainly not an easy one to fathom nowadays. To learn about the complex and not always so transparent oilseeds

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KeyGene Scientists First to Discover ‘Non-Susceptible’ Sweet Pepper Plants

Working in a partnership with leading vegetable breeding companies, scientists from KeyGene have discovered sweet pepper plants which show a new type of insensitivity to a group of harmful pathogens: geminiviruses. The new find is also described as a “loss of susceptibility.” This type of insensitiv

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Yield-Boosting Stay-Green Gene Identified from 118-Year-Old Experiment in Corn

A corn gene identified from a 118-year-old experiment at the University of Illinois could boost yields of today’s elite hybrids with no added inputs. The gene, identified in a recent Plant Biotechnology Journal study, controls a critical piece of senescence, or seasonal die-back, in corn. When the g

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How Simulating Social Behaviour Can Help Reduce Post-Harvest Losses

A pilot project by Wageningen University & Research in 2017 and 2018 found that Nigerian tomato farmers can reduce their post-harvest losses in terms of both quality and quantity when using plastic crates rather than traditional raffia baskets to transport their crops to the urban centres of Lagos a

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Notorious, Complex and Fascinating at the Same Time

The notorious concept of the “Essentially Derived Variety” (EDV) is one of the most complex yet fascinating legal constructions in the plant breeding rights’ arena.Historically, the legal construct of the EDV was adopted at the occasion of the revision of the UPOV Convention leading to the UPOV 1991

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Guidance on Bees and Pesticides: Work Plan Published

EFSA has outlined how it plans to review its guidance on the risk assessment of pesticides and bees in the EU. As the outline shows, stakeholders and pesticide experts from Member States will be consulted regularly throughout the process.The first consultation begins later this month, when stakehold

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UMD Releases Comprehensive Review of the Future of CRISPR Technology in Crops

CRISPR is often thought of as “molecular scissors” used for precision breeding to cut DNA so that a certain trait can be removed, replaced, or edited, but Yiping Qi, assistant professor in Plant Science & Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland, is looking far beyond these traditional a

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