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 …

The chloroplast genome sequence of bittersweet

Information about the organization and evolution of plastomes is crucial to improve crop plants and to resolve the phylogeny of photosynthetic organisms. In a recent study published in PLoS ONE researchers of the Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki, sequenced the chloroplast genome of a weed called bittersweet …

Bulgarian connection in disclosure of the ethylene’s key role in plant tissues growth! Can the plants say “My epidermis is too tight! …. I should decrease the ethylene or to stop growing!”

Recently, one of the highest ranking scientific journals – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) published a paper on the key role of the plant hormone ethylene for the growth of the plants. First author of the publication b y the group of Dr. Dominique …

The sequenced genome of roses creates new opportunities for scientists to develop new cultivars of ornamental and oil-bearing roses

At the end of April 2018, a team of scientists from France, China and Germany, with Mohammed Bendahmane of INRA, France as a corresponding author, published the sequenced genome of roses in Nature Genetics. Roses are perhaps the most popular ornamental plants with a significant contribution to the development of …