A farmer fertilizes crops at a rice field at Karang Malang village in Indramayu, Indonesia. Photo:  Antara Foto/Dedhez Anggara
BiotechnologyGFIA Steering Committee 2015NEWS

Back to the future: Scientists want ‘rewilded’ crops to boost agriculture

Important properties of wild plants, including varieties of wheat and rice, have been unintentionally lost during thousands of years of breeding. Scientists should “re-wild” food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study says. Source: …

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Only the caterpillars of the cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) are cotton pests. The adult moths drink nectar from flowers
BiotechnologyNEWS

Ancient wisdom boosts sustainability of biotech cotton

Combining computer modelling and field research on cotton pests, an international study suggests that biotechnology and traditional agriculture can be compatible approaches toward sustainable agriculture. Source: University of Arizona Advocates of biotech crops and those who favour traditional farming practices such as crop diversity often seem worlds apart, but a …

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BiotechnologyNEWS

Nutrition and safety are key to consumer acceptance of GM foods

Research from North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota shows that the majority of consumers will accept the presence of nanotechnology or genetic modification (GM) technology in foods – but only if the technology enhances the nutrition or improves the safety of the food Source: Science Daily “In …

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FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva (r) addresses COAG prior to President Danilo Medina's (l) keynote address
Biotechnology

FAO calls for “paradigm shift” towards sustainable agriculture and family farming

Director-General urges support for science-based options in pursuit of global food security Source: FAO Policy makers should support a broad array of approaches to overhauling global food systems, making them healthier and more sustainable while acknowledging that “we cannot rely on an input intensive model to increase production and that …

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University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Alternative or associated name: Website address: http://cals.arizona.edu Email: dean@cals.arizona.edu Tel: +1 520 621 7757 Fax: +1 520 621 3963 Head office: Tucson, USA The Accordion Photobioreactor, a patented technology developed at The University of Arizona and licensed to Biopharmia LLC, is designed to achieve high-productivity large-scale algae biomass production for …

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Biotechnology

Breakthrough in understanding plant growth and development

Research at Wageningen UR on the hormone auxin and regulatory proteins is leading to a better understanding the fundamental processes of growth and development in plants. Plants grow through cell division, cell elongation and differentiation of cells within tissues. These processes provide the structure of the plant. At the same …

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Biotechnology

Novozymes and Monsanto Showcase Innovations Expected to Increase Sustainability on the Farm

BioAg Alliance confirming microbes that demonstrate increased yield in corn and soybeans in US trials. Source: Monsanto Novozymes and Monsanto Company leaders this week highlighted how the companies’ BioAg Alliance is working to develop innovations for agriculture to boost productivity and further support the management of natural resources on the …

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