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Biotech milestone: Argentina could be first nation to approve GM drought-tolerant wheat

The Argentine government will approve drought-tolerant transgenic wheat variety HB4 from biotechnology company Bioceres, according to an official resolution to ...
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Gene editing could help safeguard $400 million worth of wheat during coldest winter months

Up to $400 million worth of grain is lost during winter in Western Australia each year when cold conditions freeze ...
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Ban of neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments pushes UK farmers to grow non-GMO disease-resistant wheat

Season-long protection against barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) without the use of insecticides is set to become a reality through ...
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Gene-drive technology may combat notorious Fusarium fungus that decimates global wheat yields

The Fusarium fungus is the bane of every wheat farmer’s existence. Causing wheat scab—also known as head blight—it decimates harvests ...
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‘Climate-resilient’ wheat may provide sustainable fiber source, promote gut health

Some new crop varieties are bred to be more nutritious. Others are more resilient, bred to tolerate harsher environmental conditions ...
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Gene from grass-dwelling fungus may help safeguard global wheat production against deadly disease

Wheat scab hits farmers with a double punch. The fungal disease, also known as Fusarium head blight, shrivels grain and ...
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Don’t fear white bread. It’s more nutritious today than it was 200 years ago, new analysis shows

A study comparing historic and modern wheat varieties grown side by side has shown an increase in dietary fiber and ...
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Wild wheat gene could boost drought tolerance and grain size of commercialized crop varieties

In new research published in Plant Biotechnology Journal, Harkamal Walia, associate professor and Heuermann Chair of Agronomy and Horticulture at Nebraska, and colleagues ...
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Famine in Africa and the Middle East? Devastating stem rust fungus threatens global staple crop, but genomic solution may finally be on the horizon

These tools could give wheat, one of our most important staple crops, some much-needed relief ...
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‘Fine-tuned’ wheat varieties could boost Europe’s grain yields up to 90%, study suggests

European wheat harvests could be increased by more than 5 tonnes a hectare according to newly published research into the ...
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CRISPR-edited wheat cuts immune response in ‘gluten-sensitive’ patients by 85%, new study shows

Approximately one person in 100 has celiac disease, which means for them eating gluten is risking diarrhea, vomiting, malnutrition, and ...
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Soil fungi turn struggling wheat into ‘climate-smart’ crop with boosted nutrient uptake in new study

Introducing fungi to wheat boosted their uptake of key nutrients and could lead to new, 'climate smart' varieties of crops, ...
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Simple test could speed development of drought-tolerant wheat as climate change accelerates

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU), ARC Center of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, and CSIRO Agriculture and Food ...
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GMO wheat varieties boost crop yields 20-30% in field trial

Studies conducted at the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) showed experimental genetically modified (GM) wheat lines [have] the potential to ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Ancient grains’ can transform your health? Probably not—and they’re more recent than you think

KHORASAN, teff, emmer and amaranth. No, these aren’t planets in the next Star Wars movie, but some of the growing ...
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Genes from wild wheat could boost domesticated crop yields as global food demand explodes

Wild relatives of food crops, such as wheat, host an abundant array of genetic material to help the plants cope ...
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Virus-resistant wheat could aid UK farmers denied access to neonicotinoid insecticides

RAGT Seeds is to launch a winter wheat variety with a high level of resistance to barley yellow dwarf virus ...
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DNA sequencing technique spots wheat pathogens, and diseases-fighting microbes to stop them

Plant diseases, especially those caused by fungal pathogens, jeopardize global crop biosecurity and preventing them requires rapid detection and identification ...
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CRISPR and other new breeding techniques could be key to unlocking potential of global wheat production

Scientists and policy makers are calling for wider use of new breeding techniques ...
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CRISPR gene editing speeds efforts to breed disease-resistant wheat, cut nitrogen pollution

Researchers from around the globe gathered in Saskatoon [in August], focused on making wheat more efficient and sustainable using the ...
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CRISPR-edited wheat resists humidity damage, could yield higher quality flour

Scientists have created a rain-resistant wheat variety using genome-editing technology, a breakthrough that could lead to the development of higher-quality ...
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‘GMOs are banned in Europe’ and 3 other popular biotech crop myths busted

“What do you wish people knew about GMOs that would completely surprise them?" ...
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Norman Borlaug: Nobel Prize winning agronomist saved a billion lives and almost banished hunger

Norman Borlaug’s work undeniably changed the world for the better ...
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High-yielding wheat boosts chemical use? Study busts popular farming myth

The myth that modern wheat varieties are more heavily reliant on pesticides and fertilizers is debunked by new research published ...
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Unapproved GMO wheat discovered on Washington state farm, USDA says

The USDA is investigating the discovery of genetically engineered wheat found in an unplanted Washington state farm field. The exact ...
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Chemical-free gene silencing poised to ‘naturally’ target disease pests that cause $130 billion of annual crop damage

An estimated $130 billion worth of crops are lost every year to diseases caused by nematodes. Targeting the harmful nematodes ...
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‘Pan genome’ of world’s wheat could supply genetic variation to breed new crop varieties

The growing demand for wheat, the onset of global warming, and the transitioning of Western farming away from intensive agriculture, ...
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Video: John Innes Centre battles nutrient deficiency with iron-fortified biotech wheat

Iron is an important micro-nutrient, boosting haemoglobin levels in the blood. Many populations and particularly women and children are currently ...
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