After 21 years of GM maize in the fields all over the world – what the scientists say?

Genetically engineered (GE) maize is among the most extensively cultivated GM crops in more than 25 countries. There are also numerous publications in peer reviewed journals on its agro-environmental impact. Nevertheless, the benefits and risks related to GM maize cultivation are still being debated and concerns about safety remain. Scientists …

The European Court decides whether some new breeding techniques (NBT) fall outside the GMO regulations

On January 18, 2018, Advocate General (AG) Michal Bobek of the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) published his advisory legal opinion addressing whether and how organisms resulting from several conventional and newer breeding techniques should be regulated under the EU’s genetically modified organism (GMO) law. In his analysis, …

Aquaporin gene from apple increases size of fruits and tolerance to drought in tomato

Water deficit significantly reduces growth and production of apples and is detrimental to the quality and size of the fruits. For this reason, water use efficiency is essential when growing apples. An apple tree of good agricultural quality must be able to efficiently use and transport water, which not only …

A team of scientists developed new type of wheat with ten times higher fiber content

International team of researchers has successfully developed a new type of wheat containing 10 times more fiber than common wheat, which helps improve gut health and also fights bowel cancer and type 2 diabetes. The research team consists of experts from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), the …

Pioneering new technology set to accelerate the crop improvement

A new method called ‘speed breeding’ greatly shortens generation time and accelerates breeding and research programmes. The new  breeding platform developed by teams at the John Innes Centre, University of Queensland and University of Sydney, uses a glasshouse or an artificial environment with enhanced lighting to create intense day-long regimes to …

The future of crop engineering

Photosynthesis is the process underlying all plant growth. Scientists aim to boost photosynthesis to meet the increasing global demand for food by engineering its key enzyme Rubisco. Now, researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry have succeeded in producing functional plant Rubisco in a bacterium. This allows genetic engineering …

The Green G-Nome’s Guide to GM Crops & Policies in the EU

Follow the Green G-Nome! In April 2017 EuropaBio published the new “The Green G-Nome’s Guide to GM Crops & Policies in the EU“, Copyright © 2017 EuropaBio. It is a must read for anyone wanting to understand the role and untapped potential of GM crops in Europe. Plant Biotechnology Information center-ABI …

A newly discovered gene confers resistance to the Ug99 strain causing stem rust in wheat

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, led by Professor Jorge Dubcovsky, have recently discovered gene conferring resistance to the Ug99 strain of wheat stem rust that has caused significant losses in recent years in North Africa and Asia, becoming a world-wide threat. Wheat is essential for feeding humanity, and …

What makes soil, soil? Researchers find hidden clues in DNA

Researchers at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) and The University of Manchester, UK, are using DNA sequencing to unlock the secrets of the world’s different soils and, for the first time, analysing ecological patterns and microbial communities on a global scale. The research team, made up of 36 scientists …