US agriculture secretary issues USDA statement on plant breeding innovation

United States Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has issued a statement to provide clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques which include genome editing. The statement says that under its biotechnology regulations, USDA does not regulate or have any plans …

Brazil sugar mills start planting GM sugarcane

Around 100 sugar mills in Brazil have started planting the first commercialized variety of GM sugarcane. Developed by Brazilian sugarcane breeding and technology company Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (CTC) to be resistant from cane borer, the GM sugarcane has been initially planted on 400 hectares (988 acres) of land. Cane …

Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought

Agriculture already monopolizes 90 percent of global freshwater—yet production still needs to dramatically increase to feed and fuel this century’s growing population. For the first time, scientists have improved how a crop uses water by 25 percent without compromising yield by altering the expression of one gene that is found …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Team grows world-first Panama disease-resistant bananas

Australian researchers have developed and grown modified Cavendish bananas resistant to the devastating soil-borne fungus Fusarium wilt tropical race 4 (TR4), also known as Panama disease. In a world-first GM field trial conducted in heavily TR4-infested soil, one Cavendish line transformed with a gene taken from a wild banana and …