Plants can ‘tell time,’ study shows, which could help farmers grow crops in varying environments

Plants can ‘tell time,’ study shows, which could help farmers grow crops in varying environments

Published in the PNAS journal, Superoxide is promoted by sucrose and affects amplitude of circadian rhythms in the evening, details ...
Viewpoint: Regenerative agriculture—a marketing 'buzzword' for sustainable practices many farmers have used for decades

Viewpoint: Regenerative agriculture—a marketing ‘buzzword’ for sustainable practices many farmers have used for decades

Canadian farmers [have been using sustainable farming practices] long before “regenerative” became a buzzword; indeed, long before wealthy people were ...
Cloned animals: A safe, sustainable source of food and medicine?

Cloned animals: A safe, sustainable source of food and medicine?

It's now possible to clone animals and use them to produce a wide variety of valuable products, including staple foods ...
Facing stiff GM crop restrictions, Mexican cotton farmers may import illegal biotech seeds

Facing stiff GM crop restrictions, Mexican cotton farmers may import illegal biotech seeds

During 2020, cotton production fell [in Mexico, as only] one million bales were produced, 500 thousand less than in other ...
We could face a global food crisis by 2050. Is synthetic biology the solution?

We could face a global food crisis by 2050. Is synthetic biology the solution?

Synthetic biology has the potential to reshape our agriculture systems and to usher in a new era equitable and of ...
‘Green’ politics and consumer uncertainty keep GM crops outlawed in Europe. Will gene editing change the legal landscape?

‘Green’ politics and consumer uncertainty keep GM crops outlawed in Europe. Will gene editing change the legal landscape?

Agronomy grad student Frederik Vilhelm Larsen, at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, wants to explore all the science that ...
How CRISPR can create more ethical eggs

How CRISPR can create more ethical eggs

Over the past couple of decades, Western consumers have shown an increasing appetite for more ethical eggs. The European Union and ...
Europe’s ‘most cherished’ grape varieties threatened by deadly diseases. CRISPR can help save them

Europe’s ‘most cherished’ grape varieties threatened by deadly diseases. CRISPR can help save them

How the latest breeding techniques are saving the taste of our most cherished grape vine varieties.  European Seed (ES): Could ...
New South Wales, Australia poised to lift GM crop cultivation ban in July, sparking debate between farmers and environmentalists

New South Wales, Australia poised to lift GM crop cultivation ban in July, sparking debate between farmers and environmentalists

[New South Wales Agriculture Minister Adam] Marshall said [lifting the state’s GM crop ban on July 1 will open] the ...
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Soils around the world are in trouble, threatening food production. Here’s how we can save the ground beneath our feet

Soil is critical for the food everyone eats. Healthy soils matter not just for producing 95% of global food supplies, ...
Viewpoint: ‘No added hormones’? How food labels can be technically accurate but still misleading

Viewpoint: ‘No added hormones’? How food labels can be technically accurate but still misleading

Terms like 'GMO-free' and 'raised without hormones or antibiotics' are just some of the labels used on food products, and ...
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Climate change vs agriculture: Can one farming method—conventional, organic or agroecology—help slow global warming?

Climate change and agriculture appear joined at the hip. Agriculture—through methane, carbon dioxide, and land use—has had an impact on ...
How are genetically engineered crops regulated around the world?

How are genetically engineered crops regulated around the world?

By employing precise, efficient, yet affordable genome editing techniques, new genome edited crops are entering country regulatory schemes for commercialization.  ...
Climate-proofing our food supply: Here’s how CRISPR will help us adapt to global warming

Climate-proofing our food supply: Here’s how CRISPR will help us adapt to global warming

Biotechnologist Dr. Karen Massel from UQ's Centre for Crop Science has published a review of gene editing technologies such as ...
Viewpoint: Gene-edited crop developers need to win public trust. Transparency is how they can do it

Viewpoint: Gene-edited crop developers need to win public trust. Transparency is how they can do it

In 2009, the genome editing tool CRISPR was introduced, which allows scientists to edit the DNA of organisms such as ...
Kenyan farmers clamor for GMO maize seed after visiting demonstration site

Kenyan farmers clamor for GMO maize seed after visiting demonstration site

Impressed by the high yields realized in open field trials, Kenyan farmers are urging their government to speed up the ...
GM plants with bigger roots could suck more carbon out of the atmosphere, mitigating climate change

GM plants with bigger roots could suck more carbon out of the atmosphere, mitigating climate change

[S]cientists like Wolfgang Busch, Salk Institute for Biological Studies professor, are trying to harness the carbon-sucking power of plants to ...
Gene gun: The tool that revolutionized plant breeding and brought GMOs into agriculture

Gene gun: The tool that revolutionized plant breeding and brought GMOs into agriculture

A plywood-mounted transformer, a voltmeter-equipped wand and a pair of bulbous vacuum tubes might appear to be just a random ...
China fines 8 biotechnology firms and research institutes for producing illegal GM seeds

China fines 8 biotechnology firms and research institutes for producing illegal GM seeds

[China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has] found eight companies and research institutes that illegally produced or carried out ...
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GMO-skeptical Sierra Club gives cautious endorsement to disease-resistant, biotech chestnut tree

By almost any metric, the American chestnut was a perfect tree. Massive, fast-growing, and rot-resistant, it was easy to mill ...
Viewpoint: Let them eat cheese: Evidence shows this ‘guilty pleasure’ doesn’t deserve its unhealthy reputation

Viewpoint: Let them eat cheese: Evidence shows this ‘guilty pleasure’ doesn’t deserve its unhealthy reputation

A large body of research suggests that cheese’s reputation as a fattening, heart-imperiling food is undeserved. When it comes to ...
Video: ‘One more tool in our toolbox’: The case for crop biotechnology

Video: ‘One more tool in our toolbox’: The case for crop biotechnology

Agriculture scientist Channapatna Prakash offers a crash course on agricultural biotechnology on this episode of the Nothing is Rocket Science ...
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‘Clean’ seafood? The global struggle to make aquaculture a sustainable source of protein

Surprising to many, over half of the fish we eat comes from fish farms. But some farms, particularly from parts ...
GM, insect-resistant, Bt corn could reach Kenyan farms in 2021 — and may help double crop yields

GM, insect-resistant, Bt corn could reach Kenyan farms in 2021 — and may help double crop yields

The TELA Bt maize variety if adopted can help [Kenyan] farmers double their yields. Speaking [February 22] during an open ...
‘This seed is ours’: Cuba poised to grow locally developed, insect-resistant GM corn to mitigate effects of climate change

‘This seed is ours’: Cuba poised to grow locally developed, insect-resistant GM corn to mitigate effects of climate change

Between 2014 and 2018, Cuba imported 700,000 tons of corn per year, more than 1,500 million dollars in imported food, ...
Machetes, not glyphosate: Mexican president tells farmers to manually remove weeds following herbicide restrictions

Machetes, not glyphosate: Mexican president tells farmers to manually remove weeds following herbicide restrictions

[Mexican] President Andrés Manuel López Obrador …. proposed the use of machetes to remove weeds from crops instead of using ...
Gene editing could boost UK’s virus-plagued sugar beet industry, country’s agriculture minister says

Gene editing could boost UK’s virus-plagued sugar beet industry, country’s agriculture minister says

[British farming and environment minister George] Eustice told the annual conference of the National Farmers Union [on February 23] that ...
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Senate confirms Obama Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to head USDA again

The Senate confirmed Tom Vilsack as U.S. Agriculture Secretary, opening the way for the Biden administration to move forward with ...
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