The wheat code is finally cracked

Recently in the international journal Science, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) published a detailed description of the genome of bread wheat, the world’s most widely cultivated crop. This work will pave the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate challenges, with higher yields, enhanced …

Rice with fewer stomata requires less water and is better suited for climate change

Rice plants engineered to have fewer stomata—tiny openings used for gas exchange—are more tolerant to drought and resilient to future climate change, a new study has revealed. Scientists from the University of Sheffield have discovered that engineering a high-yielding rice cultivar to have reduced stomatal density, helps the crop to …

European studies disprove Seralini’s GM maize claims

Three studies of G-TwYST launched by European authorities disprove the controversial study on genetically modified (GM) maize by Gilles-Éric Séralini. In September 2012, Séralini, a professor at the University of Caen, published a sensational article in Food and Chemical Toxicology, which later retracted the study, claiming that GM maize NK603 …

Golden rice gets approval from US FDA

On May 24, 2018, the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) released a statement on GR2E Golden Rice, a rice genetically engineered to produce provitamin A carotenoids. The US FDA statement concurs with the assessment of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) regarding the safety and nutrition of …

GMO potatoes help to reduce pesticide application by up to 90%

Researchers from the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands and the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Teagasc – Ireland) conducted a study demonstrating an effective approach to reduce the use of fungicides in potatoes for control of potato blight based on the application of transgenic plants obtained through cisgenesis (transfer …