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Will weed-zapping AI robots disrupt market for herbicides and GMO seeds?

Tom Polansek, Ludwig Burger | 
In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the ...
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Chinese corn buyers switching from US to Ukraine due to GMO restrictions, trade tensions

Dominique Patton, Hallie Gu | 
China’s purchases of U.S. corn have slowed significantly due to worries the grain might be drawn into the trade spat ...
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Monsanto appeals court ruling stripping its rights to GMO Bt cotton patent in India

Mayank Bhardwaj | 
Monsanto Co has appealed to India’s Supreme Court against a ruling by the Delhi High Court which decreed [in April] ...
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Monsanto launches product that deactivates dicamba herbicide in spraying equipment

Tom Polansek | 
Monsanto Co is launching the first product that deactivates a controversial weed killer inside spraying equipment after it is used, ...
Battling malaria: Bill Gates backs gene editing of mosquitoes, acknowledges ethical concerns

Battling malaria: Bill Gates backs gene editing of mosquitoes, acknowledges ethical concerns

Kate Kelland | 
Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes’ DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on [April 18], ...
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Germany planning ‘massive restrictions’ on glyphosate herbicide use in agriculture

German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner on [April 17] said she was finalizing a draft regulation to end use of the ...
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Caught stealing GMO seeds, Chinese scientist gets 10 years in US prison

A Chinese scientist in Kansas was sentenced on Wednesday [April 4] to more than 10 years in a federal prison ...
Monsanto to fund gene editing company Pairwise Plants to develop new crop varieties

Monsanto to fund gene editing company Pairwise Plants to develop new crop varieties

Tom Polansek | 
Monsanto Co. will fund a new U.S. company that aims to develop crops using technology known as gene editing, rather ...
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Indian seed companies threaten to halt supply of GMO Bt insect-resistant cotton seeds over price cut

Indian seed companies threatened ... to halt supplies to 8 million cotton farmers in protest against a potential government plan ...
Bayer's takeover of Monsanto conditionally approved in China

Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto conditionally approved in China

Bayer’s on [March 13] secured conditional approval from China’s commerce ministry for its planned acquisition of the world No. 1 seed ...
WHO's IARC cancer agency under fire for 'underplaying' risks of benzene

WHO’s IARC cancer agency under fire for ‘underplaying’ risks of benzene

Kate Kelland | 
Emails from its own scientists show the International Agency for Research on Cancer failed to comprehensively review evidence on human ...
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First GMO sugarcane planted in Brazil

José Gomes | 
Brazilian sugar mills looking to grow the world’s first variety of genetically modified (GM) sugarcane have planted an initial area ...
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Bayer-Monsanto merger stalls Burkina Faso’s GMO cotton plans

Joe Bavier | 
Talks with Bayer to reintroduce genetically modified (GM) cotton in Burkina Faso are on hold pending the German drug and ...
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Video: NASA-inspired ‘speed breeding’ tricks crops into growing faster

Edward Baran | 
Australian scientists, inspired by NASA space experiments, have pioneered a new method of growing crops - known as 'speed breeding' ...
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Wild relatives could help staple crops like chickpeas adapt to climate change

Thin Win | 
They are nutritious, versatile and a dietary staple for millions of people from South Asia to Ethiopia, but scientists have ...
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Argentine farmers reverse course, agree to pay royalties for GMO seeds

Maximiliano Rizzi | 
Argentine farmers have agreed to pay perpetual royalties when they replant genetically modified seeds made by companies like Monsanto Co, ...
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China’s tightening GMO regulations cause corn buyers to cancel purchases from US

Dominique Patton, Hallie Gu | 
Some Chinese buyers have canceled corn purchases from the United States and switched to rival supplier Ukraine, as Beijing tightens ...
German coalition pledges GMO ban, phase out of glyphosate, expansion of organic farming

German coalition pledges GMO ban, phase out of glyphosate, expansion of organic farming

Michael Hogan | 
Germany’s draft coalition deal includes a goal of ending use of the weed-killer glyphosate within the country but gives no ...
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Brazil’s higher-protein GMO soybeans hurting US exports to China

Karl Plume | 
U.S. soybean growers are losing market share in the all-important China market because the race to grow higher-yielding crops has ...
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French President Macron: Farmers will face glyphosate ban only if there is ‘credible alternative’

France will exempt farmers from a ban on using the weed-killer glyphosate in three years time where there is no ...
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Monsanto goes to court after Brazilian regulators say GMO soybean patent should be voided

Ana Mano | 
Monsanto Co has two months to present a defense of its patent on genetically modified soybeans in Brazil, a lawyer ...
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No set date to end glyphosate herbicide use in Germany, says agriculture minister

German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt said on Thursday [Jan. 18] he could see no set date for an end to ...
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MERS treatment could come from genetically engineered cows

Kate Kelland | 
Human antibodies made in genetically engineered cows have proved safe in an early stage clinical trial...and could be developed into ...
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‘Sabotage’ of field trials by anti-GMO activists causes seed company to reconsider research in France

Limagrain, the world’s fourth-largest seed maker, will consider moving its research activities out of France if field trials in its ...
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Monsanto seeks Brazilian approval to test controversial weed-controlling dicamba herbicide-resistant GMO soy seeds

Marcelo Teixeira, Roberto Samora | 
The Brazilian unit of seed and agrochemicals maker Monsanto on Thursday [Jan. 11] said it will run field tests with ...
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Nature and nurture: Environment and genes contribute equally to risk of depression

Cheryl Weinstock | 
For the first time, researchers have found that the environment you’re raised in is as important as your genes in ...
Monsanto rolls out cash incentive for farmers who use controversial dicamba herbicide

Monsanto rolls out cash incentive for farmers who use controversial dicamba herbicide

Tom Polansek | 
Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread ...
Quantity vs quality: Burkina Faso's problems with Monsanto's insect-resistant GMO Bt cotton

Quantity vs quality: Burkina Faso’s problems with Monsanto’s insect-resistant GMO Bt cotton

Joe Bavier | 
In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa’s top cotton grower, were desperate. Their cotton fetched top prices because its high-quality ...