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2010-12-01 12:04:28

A comprehensive, data-driven statistical model including the surrounding landscape, pollinating insects and human seed dispersal allows for more accurate prediction of gene flow between crop plants A new data-driven statistical model that incorporates the surrounding landscape in unprecedented detail describes the transfer of an inserted bacterial gene via pollen and seed dispersal in cotton plants more accurately than previously available methods. Shannon Heuberger, a graduate student at the...

2010-11-12 04:27:40

The agricultural biotechnology market is expected to hit $12 billion in 2015, driven by improved crop yield and productivity, cost reduction and the development of pest and diseases resistant crops. Additional factors are fuelling demand for agricultural biotechnology, including food shortages, declining water supplies in certain regions, and changeable environmental conditions in different parts of the world. (PRWEB) November 12, 2010 The US is the largest agricultural biotechnology...

2010-10-14 13:04:46

If successful, water-efficient maize for Africa would be available royalty-free to the region where over 300 million people depend on a crop routinely crippled by droughts Crop specialists in Kenya and Uganda have laid the groundwork for confined field trials to commence later this year for new varieties of maize genetically modified to survive recurrent droughts that threaten over 300 million Africans for whom maize is life, according to a speech given today by the head of the African...

2010-10-08 02:25:33

Areawide suppression dramatically reduced the estimated $1 billion in annual losses caused by European corn borer Transgenic corn's resistance to pests has benefitted even non-transgenic corn, a new study led by scientists from the University of Minnesota shows. The study, published in the Oct. 8 edition of the journal Science, found that widespread planting of genetically modified Bt corn throughout the Upper Midwest has suppressed populations of the European corn borer, historically one of...

2010-10-08 02:21:08

Widespread planting of genetically modified Bt corn throughout the Upper Midwest has suppressed populations of the European corn borer, a major insect pest of corn, with the majority of the economic benefits going to growers who do not plant Bt corn, reports a multistate team of scientists in the Oct. 8 edition of the journal Science. In Wisconsin, 75 percent of the $325 million cumulative economic benefit linked to Bt corn's pest suppression between 1996-2009 went to non-Bt corn growers....

2010-09-01 06:00:00

TSX symbol: SBS CALGARY, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - SemBioSys Genetics Inc. (TSX:SBS) today announced that the United States Patent and Trade Mark Office has granted the Company U.S. patent 7,786,352 entitled "Methods for the Production of Apolipoproteins in Transgenic Plants". The granted patent claims include the methods for the expression of apolipoprotein (Apo) in plants, including Apo AI(Milano), the introduction of related chimeric nucleic acid into plant cells and producing...

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2010-06-29 08:00:00

A Purdue University researcher has found a sort of fountain of youth for tomatoes that extends their shelf life by about a week. Avtar Handa, a professor of horticulture, found that adding a yeast gene increases production of a compound that slows aging and delays microbial decay in tomatoes. Handa said the results, published in the early online version of The Plant Journal, likely would transfer to most fruits. "We can inhibit the aging of plants and extend the shelf life of fruits by an...

2010-04-13 14:56:19

Technology Needs Proper Management to Remain Effective Many U.S. farmers who grow genetically engineered (GE) crops are realizing substantial economic and environmental benefits -- such as lower production costs, fewer pest problems, reduced use of pesticides, and better yields -- compared with conventional crops, says a new report from the National Research Council.  However, GE crops resistant to the herbicide glyphosate -- a main component in Roundup and other commercial weed killers...

2009-11-23 09:40:03

Since 1996, crop plants genetically modified to produce bacterial proteins that are toxic to certain insects, yet safe for people, have been planted on more than 200 million hectares worldwide. The popularity of these Bt crops, named after the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, comes from their ability to kill some major pests, allowing farmers to save money and lessen environmental impacts by reducing insecticide sprays. However, since insects can evolve resistance to toxins, strategies must...

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2009-10-26 15:05:44

Genetically modified squash plants that are resistant to a debilitating viral disease become more vulnerable to a fatal bacterial infection, according to biologists. "Cultivated squash is susceptible to a variety of viral diseases and that is a major problem for farmers," said Andrew Stephenson, Penn State professor of biology. "Infected plants grow more slowly and their fruit becomes misshapen." In the mid-1990s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved genetically modified squash, which...


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