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‘Major breakthrough’: Genetic modification of single gene could reduce crops’ water use by 25 percent

Researchers on Tuesday [March 6] unveiled a genetic modification that enables plants to use a quarter less water with scant ...
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Ghanaian scientist: GMO food safer, more sustainable than conventional crops

Crops produced using Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) technology are safer than conventionally produced ones, a Research Scientist at [Ghana's] Crop ...
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Viewpoint: While wildlife habitat loss is a real problem, organic farming is not the solution

A recent article in the Independent is, in my opinion, a good example of how ideology can overwhelm evidence and ...
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Ecological vanishing act: African rainforests disappeared, then bounced back

Three thousand years ago, dense old-growth rainforests covered most of central Africa. But around 2,600 years ago, an event that ...
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Nitrogen-fixing GMO crops could reduce synthetic fertilizer use, benefit environment

Nitrogen is the main nutrient that limits crop yield. Biologically reactive nitrogen is therefore routinely supplied to crops as synthetic ...
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‘Living paints’: GMO bacteria could be used to make biodegradable paints

Now here's a bright idea. Researchers in Europe have developed a technique for growing genetically modified bacteria that can be used as ...
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GMO switchgrass—potential biofuel crop—does not hurt soil health, study finds

Overcoming the natural resistance of plant cell walls to deconstruction, known as recalcitrance, is a major bottleneck to cost-effective biofuel ...
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Viewpoint: Why environmentalists should support GMO crops

[G]enetic modification increases corn yields, by a lot. This is not surprising: pests account for a loss of almost one-third ...
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How will climate change and genetics affect migratory songbirds?

An article published in January 2018 connected genetic variations in migratory songbirds with population changes due to climate change. UC Davis evolution ...
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Employing gene drives to protect rare species comes with risks

There is an ambitious poison baiting campaign currently being planned for Gough [island] in an attempt to control rodent numbers ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticides pose risks to wild bees and honeybees, European Food Safety Authority says

The world’s most widely used insecticides pose a serious danger to both honeybees and wild bees, according to a major ...
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Viewpoint: Bans on neonicotinoid insecticides may not actually help bees

Public pressure is growing in Australia to ban the sale of pesticides called neonicotinoids because of their harmful effects on bees. The ...
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Video: How GMO cotton helps farmers save fuel and water—and reduces pesticide use

When I think of cotton, I think of the southern United States. Australia may not come to mind, but they ...
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Wild relatives could help staple crops like chickpeas adapt to climate change

They are nutritious, versatile and a dietary staple for millions of people from South Asia to Ethiopia, but scientists have ...
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Engineering more digestible grass could reduce livestock pastures and give us cheaper biofuels

The problem with grass is that it has tough cellular walls that make it difficult to digest. But researchers say ...
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Anti-GMO forces target New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) despite similarities to conventional crops

For years, critics of GMOs have focused on the idea that modern technologies have allowed plant breeders to take genetic ...
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Gene drives and eliminating invasive pests without bloodshed

[Researcher Karl Campbell is] using a fiercely potent poison for the complete obliteration of rats on a 70-square-mile Galapagos island ...
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Future of food: Huge algae farms could feed humans, animals more sustainably

Scientists hoping to meet the Paris climate accord goal of limiting global temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius ...
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Genetically engineered poplar trees, switchgrass could lead to more efficient biofuels

A research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees ...
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Biotech startup Indigo Ag aims to upend agriculture with microbiology

[David Perry, CEO of Indigo Ag, an agricultural-technology startup headquartered in Boston] sees an opportunity for Indigo Ag to lead ...
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Can insect-resistant GMO Bt corn help Kenya fight crop pests and climate change?

Elizabeth Nduku, a smallholder maize farmer in [Kenya], is dejected. Her crop is worse off than the previous seasons. This ...
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Viewpoint: Science-based biotech regulations could unlock a new agricultural revolution

The discovery of DNA and new developments in information and nanotechnology provide the foundation for a new agricultural revolution that ...
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Sustainable ‘superfish’: AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon poised to counter overfishing

At current rates, according to a 2006 article in the journal Science, the world will run out of all wild-caught fish ...
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Does GMO corn increase crop yields? 21 years of data confirm it does—and provides substantial health benefits

While many studies show that genetically modified crops contribute to yield gains, GMO critics say that they don’t. Such claims, ...
USDA data confirm organic yields significantly lower than with conventional farming

USDA data confirm organic yields significantly lower than with conventional farming

Government data comparing yields of organic vs. conventional farms finds a sharp yield edge for conventional on more than 84 ...
Why a global decline in genetic crop variety matters for the future of food

Why a global decline in genetic crop variety matters for the future of food

Preserving the genetic diversity of edible plants could help us develop new crop varieties, with useful traits such as drought ...
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‘Jean editing’: Genetically engineered bacteria could reduce denim’s environmental impact

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are trying to make the process of making blue jeans greener, by engineering ...
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Chocolate producers look to CRISPR gene editing to help cacao trees adapt to climate change

With the help of a suite of genetic engineering tools including CRISPR — and money from Mars Inc., one of the world’s ...

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