Grass Breeding – Let’s Do it on the Fly!

It is spring, fields are green and birds are singing in the sky. Each breeder is on the move, setting up new crosses and assessing hundreds, or thousands of plots for different traits. It is a tedious, but very important job, as the accuracy by which this task is conducted will set the threshold for

  Klaus K. Nielsen

Cassava Breeding Hasn’t Improved Photosynthesis Or Yield Potential

Cassava is a staple in the diet of more than one billion people across 105 countries, yet this “orphaned crop” has received little attention compared to popular crops like corn and soybeans. While advances in breeding have helped cassava withstand pests and diseases, cassava yields no more today tha

  Michelle Clarke

New Analysis Tool Developed for Rice Researchers

An analysis tool called the Rice Integrative Genomics Workbench in Galaxy (RIGby) will be released soon to hasten breeding of stress-tolerant rice varieties.A ‘swiss knife’ of tools for bioinformatics, Dr. Reynante L. Ordonio, a PhilRice biotechnology expert, said RIGBy will help generate genomic da

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Chinese Scientists Generate a High-Quality Wheat A Genome Sequence

Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), feeding more than 35 percent human population and providing about 20 percent of calories and proteins consumed by humans, is a globally important crop due to its enhanced adaptability to a wide range of climates and improved grain quality for the production of bak

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Monsanto Canada to Launch First Biotech Canola Trait Since 1996

Monsanto Canada announced it plans to commercialize TruFlex canola with Roundup Ready Technology in 2019.TruFlex canola will be Monsanto’s next-generation canola trait and Monsanto’s first new biotech trait in canola since Roundup Ready canola was introduced to Canadian growers in 1996. TruFlex cano

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Plants Respond Better to Overdoses of Light than Expected

Plants are damaged when they receive too much sunlight. Researchers from Wageningen and Lithuania have discovered how the internal protection system works that helps plants prevent the damage from these overdoses. The discovery could prove important for crop yields in the future.Green plants have an

  Michelle Clarke

Extras

Bee Survival Computer Model Adopted By IndustryA computer model, called BEEHAVE, developed to help gain a better understanding of the causes of bee declines, is now being recommend to industry users to assess threats to bees. The model has been developed by Professor Juliet Osborne and colleagues at

  Michelle Clarke

Industry News

INDUSTRY NEWSA joint study by Exeter University, Rothamsted Research and Bayer has discovered enzymes in honey bees and bumble bees that determine how sensitive they are to different neonicotinoid insecticides. As in other organisms, toxins in bees can be broken down by enzymes called cytochrome P45

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Honeybee Winter Mortality Same as Last Year

Approximately the same numbers of honeybees survived the winter in the Netherlands as last year. This year around 84% of the honeybees came through the cold season, a similar amount to the 86% last year.“While we know that people are increasingly aware of bee health, we cannot be sure whether this e

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UF/IFAS Researchers Will Try to Educate Public on Genetically Edited Food

Genetic improvement of food crops sometimes gets a bad rap, but University of Florida researchers plan to educate consumers so they can make more informed decisions at the grocery store.To help combat misinformation, four UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers are going to better

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Brazilian Plant Scientist Awarded Massalski Research Prize

A young Brazilian plant scientist whose research focusses on molecular biology and gene expression has been awarded the prestigious Peter Massalski Prize for Meritorious Research for 2018.Dr Cristiane Calixto is a post-doctoral researcher in the Plant Sciences Division of the University of Dundee’s

  Michelle Clarke

Unlocking Rice Gene Diversity for Food Security

A new study published in the Nature journal opens the possibility to accelerate rice breeding to achieve food security for some of the world’s most vulnerable rice farmers.The groundbreaking research on Genomic variation in 3,010 diverse accessions of Asian cultivated rice maps the largest set of ge

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New Research Warns of a Resistance Gene at Risk in Oilseed Rape

A new study by University of Hertfordshire researchers has discovered that an important source of gene resistance against one of the leading pathogens of oilseed rape, Phoma stem canker, is becoming less effective, which could lead to substantial losses to the oilseed rape breeding industry and to a

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Regulatory News

NATIONAL Commission Clears Bayer’s Acquisition of Monsanto, Subject to ConditionsThe European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. The merger is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package, which addresses the parties’ overlap

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DowDuPont Ag Company to Launch June 1 of Next Year

DowDuPont reports in its first-quarter results that its spinoff ag company will launch June 1, 2019.“We delivered solid first-quarter sales and operating earnings gains, while our teams advanced the intended business separations,” said Ed Breen, chief executive officer of DowDuPont.“The Materials Sc

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Global Seed Watch

STATUS AUSTRALIA Growers and advisers have access to a new tool that can help them assess the long-term profitability of methods to control brome grass – one of Australia’s most-costly cropping weeds.The Brome RIM tool is hands-on, user-friendly decision-support software that has been adapted from t

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Invisible Structures Exposed

In cultivation of fruit-bearing trees, thoroughly understanding growth of branches and leaves of individual trees and adequately managing the trees are important in improving their quality. However, daily observation and advanced knowledge are necessary for proper management and cultivation of trees

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Monsanto CEO to Leave After Closing of Bayer Acquisition

Monsanto Company chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hugh Grant announced his intent to leave Monsanto at the closing of the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer AG. Grant will maintain his position as chairman and Chief Executive Officer until closing, continuing to focus on leading the company on its

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New Research Might Help Farmers Diagnose Soybean Stresses with a Phone

New technology developed by an interdisciplinary team of scientists at Iowa State University could allow anyone with a smartphone to see crops much the same way trained plant breeders and scientists do.The researchers’ findings, published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the Nati

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