Researchers have unearthed a 'biological switch' which could boost crop yield worldwide.
Jan. 14, 2021 • ~7 min
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The invasive pink bollworm has inflicted tens of millions of dollars in damage annually. Biotech cotton and sterile moths helped eradicate it in the US.
Dec. 22, 2020 • ~7 min
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If rolled out worldwide, our method could replace a quarter of all the synthetic nitrogen fertiliser used in agriculture.
Nov. 6, 2020 • ~7 min
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Just as humans can suffer from an imbalance of microbes in their gut, plants can suffer a similar syndrome in their leaves. This finding opens up new possibilities for improving food security.
Aug. 28, 2020 • ~8 min
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Fungi and other organisms called oomycetes are highly adaptable. That's bad news for the global food supply.
June 23, 2020 • ~5 min
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A new biotech regulation allows companies to self-police and decide which crops should be regulated. The new rule is likely to amplify greater distrust of GM crops.
June 1, 2020 • ~10 min
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What criteria should be used to determine whether a food is natural? What if gene-editing techniques produce changes indistinguishable from those that evolve naturally? Is the food still natural?
May 26, 2020 • ~8 min
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“I was surprised by the scale of the change—seeing a doubling of unsafe days by mid-century, then a tripling by 2100. And we think that’s a low estimate.”
May 4, 2020 • ~7 min
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