Tag: GMO

Japanese researchers develop biocontainment strategy for GMOs

Japanese researchers develop biocontainment strategy for GMOs

November 28, 2018 |

In Japan, Hiroshima University (HU) researchers successfully developed a biocontainment strategy for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Their new method prevents genetically modified cyanobacteria from surviving outside of their test environment, enabling ways to more safely research the effects of GMOs. Their results were published in ACS Synthetic Biology. The applications of bioengineered microbes have […]

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GMO gives green light to two GMO corn varieties for import

GMO gives green light to two GMO corn varieties for import

July 18, 2017 |

In China, the government has approved two of six pending GMO approvals that will allow for imports into the country, including Syngenta’s Agrisure corn and Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn. DuPont’s Pioneer insect-resistant corn wasn’t approved so far. The approvals should reduce trade challenges to importing DDGS produced from US corn that has hindered the viability […]

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Traders buy up to 15 cargos of DDGS for export to China as ban prepares to lift

Traders buy up to 15 cargos of DDGS for export to China as ban prepares to lift

December 17, 2014 |

In China, traders are expecting the country to lift the ban on GMOs so soon that they’ve already sealed deals for as many as 15 cargoes of DDGS between December and March. If the new shipments are allowed to discharge, then more shipments will follow. Chinese officials who spoke with Bloomberg confirmed the decision to […]

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Turkey blocks US DDGS due to GMOs

Turkey blocks US DDGS due to GMOs

December 16, 2014 |

In Turkey, the country is effectively no longer accepting imports of U.S. corn coproducts following the stepped-up enforcement of existing biosafety laws that restrict which genetically modified (GM) corn varieties may enter the country’s grain supply. As of Dec. 8, three shipments of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) have been rejected following the […]

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Syngenta expects China to approve GMO corn very soon

Syngenta expects China to approve GMO corn very soon

December 15, 2014 |

In China, approval of Syngenta’s GMO corn is expected in the coming days. Beijing has blocked the import of the corn, including the DDGS produced from the corn as a byproduct of ethanol production, which has led to a steep loss in demand and therefore prices for DDGS. The North American Export Grain Association says […]

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Spanish researcher boosts ethanol production capacity from GMO tobacco

Spanish researcher boosts ethanol production capacity from GMO tobacco

October 16, 2013 |

In Spain, a researcher at the Public University of Navarra has genetically modified tobacco to produce 700% as much starch and 500% as much fermentable sugars in the leaves for use in biofuel production. The project is the first to use tobacco proteins as biological tools.

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Plant Biotechnology Companies launch website to start new conversation about GMOs

Plant Biotechnology Companies launch website to start new conversation about GMOs

August 1, 2013 |

In Washington, members of The Council for Biotechnology Information have launched GMO Answers. Their intent is to launch a broad, new initiative to provide accurate information and answer the toughest questions about GMOs and how our food is grown. The GMO Answers, (www.GMOAnswers.com) website’s purpose is to start a conversation, public Q&A, and central online […]

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European-wide network for systematic GMO impact assessment proposed

European-wide network for systematic GMO impact assessment proposed

October 18, 2012 |

In Germany, the Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ announced that a team of scientists have written in the open access journal “BioRisk,” concerning a proposed framework for a European-wide network for systematic GMO impact assessment (ENSyGMO). The proposed framework aims at improving the regulatory system.  Specific elements of the network are a) methodologies for both indicator […]

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160M hectares of biotech crops now planted in EU: report

160M hectares of biotech crops now planted in EU: report

February 10, 2012 |

In Belgium, the ISAAA released a report on the use of biotech crops, stating that approximately 160 million hectares of biotech/GMO crops were planted.  According to the EurActive article, this represents an 8% increase, and the work of 16.7 million farmers spread over 29 countries. ISAAA also reported a more than four-fold increase by farmers […]

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Open EU biodiesel market to Canadian GMO canola, says group

Open EU biodiesel market to Canadian GMO canola, says group

December 21, 2011 |

In Canada, Dutch-based Control Union says Europe’s burgeoning biodiesel market could be open to Canada’s canola producers. Though Canada’s GMO canola can’t be used for human use, it could be used for biodiesel production, which could open a new market opportunity for farmers.

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