Scientists in Myanmar field test GMO groundnut

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.

Testing of a high-yield groundnut suitable for genetic modification will start during the coming monsoon season, scientists have announced. A preliminary test on a 200-square-foot lot at Magwe University was completed in January under a project proposed by the Ministry of Education.

U Kyaw Min Naing, associate professor of the Magwe University botany department, told The Myanmar Times that the January test had included genetically altered groundnuts with normal groundnut crops so that the yield rate and resistance to disease could be compared.

“. . . .We have found that the genetically modified crops have a higher resistance and higher yield, and that they can also be cultivated on salty land. . . . ” he said.

. . . .

Success in developing GM groundnuts could persuade farmers to switch their choice of crop and could also help reduce reliance on imports, he said.

“. . . . If the GM groundnuts are found to be strong and stable after testing for three seasons, farmers won’t need to buy seeds, as they will be able to take them from the harvest,” said Ko Aung Kyaw Kyaw.

U Kyaw Min Naing said he did not want to profit from selling the seeds. “I’m not out to make a profit, I’m just a researcher and a teacher. My main concern is helping the farmers.”

Read full, original post: Magwe University tests genetically modified groundnuts

Outbreak
Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Talking Biotech
Genetics Unzipped
Video: Test everyone – Slovakia goes its own way to control COVID

Video: Test everyone – Slovakia goes its own way to control COVID

As Europe sees record coronavirus cases and deaths, Slovakia is testing its entire adult population. WSJ's Drew Hinshaw explains how ...
mag insects image superjumbo v

Disaster interrupted: Which farming system better preserves insect populations: Organic or conventional?

A three-year run of fragmentary Armageddon-like studies had primed the journalism pumps and settled the media framing about the future ...
dead bee desolate city

Are we facing an ‘Insect Apocalypse’ caused by ‘intensive, industrial’ farming and agricultural chemicals? The media say yes; Science says ‘no’

The media call it the “Insect Apocalypse”. In the past three years, the phrase has become an accepted truth of ...
globalmethanebudget globalcarbonproject cropped x

Infographic: Cows cause climate change? Agriculture scientist says ‘belching bovines’ get too much blame

A recent interview by Caroline Stocks, a UK journalist who writes about food, agriculture and the environment, of air quality ...
organic hillside sweet corn x

Organic v conventional using GMOs: Which is the more sustainable farming?

Many consumers spend more for organic food to avoid genetically modified products in part because they believe that “industrial agriculture” ...
benjamin franklin x

Are most GMO safety studies funded by industry?

The assertion that biotech companies do the research and the government just signs off on it is false ...
favicon

Environmental Working Group: EWG challenges safety of GMOs, food pesticide residues

Known by some as the "Environmental Worrying Group," EWG lobbies for tighter GMO legislation and famously puts out annual "dirty dozen" list of fruits and ...
m hansen

Michael Hansen: Architect of Consumers Union ongoing anti-GMO campaign

Michael K. Hansen (born 1956) is thought by critics to be the prime mover behind the ongoing campaign against agricultural biotechnology at Consumer Reports. He is an ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend