Map shows public sector biotech products in the pipeline around the world

A database that features the vast amount of research and development on biotech crops being conducted by public sector institutions and research centers around the world is now available. The database produced by CropLife International features the crops being developed in different countries, including the traits for each crop. The …

Protoplast isolation method for genetic improvement of pineapple

Pineapple is the second most important fruit crop next to banana. Besides its economic benefits, it is also a model species for Crassulacean acid metabolism pathway of photosynthesis in plants. An available genetic transformation method is required to further improve and study this plant. However, Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in pineapple suffer …

Blue roses coming soon in gardens

Blue roses do not exist naturally, so florists put cut roses in dye to achieve blue-hued flowers. Also, in a painstaking 20-year effort, biotechnologists made a “blue rose” through a combination of genetic engineering and selective breeding. However, the rose is more mauve-colored than blue. Thanks to modern biotechnology, blue …

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 …