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Biofortified bananas to save thousands of lives

Biofortified bananas to save thousands of lives

Bananas genetically modified by QUT researchers to be higher in vitamin A are being grown in Uganda in a breakthrough initiative hoped to save the lives of thousands of east African children a year.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 12th Jul 2017
After Svalbard: why safety of world seed vaults is crucial to future food security

After Svalbard: why safety of world seed vaults is crucial to future food security

There is a fearful irony to recent news of flooding at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. This was supposed to be humanity’s most impregnable bulwark against famine, but it is now endangered by global warming, one of the very threats that it was supposed to protect us from.
Stuart Thompson, University of Westminster, Published 27th Jun 2017
NSW DPI researchers find blackleg-resistant genes in canola

NSW DPI researchers find blackleg-resistant genes in canola

Scientists at DPI’s Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute have unearthed genes in canola that boost resistance to major disease threat blackleg, paving the way for new canola varieties with “durable resistance” to blackleg fungal attack.
AgInnovators, Published 1st Feb 2017
With the familiar Cavendish banana in danger, can science help it survive?

With the familiar Cavendish banana in danger, can science help it survive?

The yellow Cavendish banana is ubiquitous. But a global monoculture of these genetically identical plants leaves the variety vulnerable to disease. Now researchers have the tools to identify and transfer ‘resistance genes’ and are working towards hardier, better Cavendish crops.
Harvard scientists use PACE to fast-track discovery of Bt toxins to target super-bugs

Harvard scientists use PACE to fast-track discovery of Bt toxins to target super-bugs

Bugs that survive insecticides grow stronger. And discovering new, effective toxins through genetics is time-consuming – finding the nexus between a particular bug and its poison can take decades. Now, scientists at Massachusetts’ Harvard University are using advanced PACE technology speed up the search for new Bt toxins to kill insecticide-resistant super-bugs.
AgInnovators, Published 24th Jun 2016
Want harder, healthier, tastier nuts? Ask these Adelaide researchers how...

Want harder, healthier, tastier nuts? Ask these Adelaide researchers how...

Almond trees that fertilise themselves, resist disease and produce more, higher-nutrient, better-tasting nuts? Yes, it is possible, say Uni of Adelaide researchers – and the first such trees could be on the market by 2016.
Merran White, Published 26th Mar 2015
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