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Can Gene Editing Save the World’s Chocolate?

Did you know that cocoa plants (Theobroma cacao) around the world are being affected by viruses and fungi, to the point of killing whole crops? The CRISPR technique could make them resistant to these infections, saving cocoa crops, chocolate, and more than 50 million jobs generated by their industry!

Article by Laura Geggel, Livescience

Can Gene Editing Save the World’s Chocolate?

A cocoa pod in Ecuador infected with the fungus Moniliophthora roreri, which causes frosty pod. Credit: Shutterstock

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Vitamin A rice now a reality

Finally Golden Rice will released. This version has the same yield than the regular variety used in the experiment and has the same resistance to plant diseases.

Vitamin A rice now a reality

Field trial shows high promise, people may get it by 2018

Field trial shows high promise, people may get it by 2018.

Bangladesh keeps leading the way, and proving the anti GMO movement wrong. Expect a lot of lies about GR as well, and insults and threats to their govt, and to Matia Chowdhury, the minister of agriculture.
Although this a publication of 2016, we hope that the rice will be release at the beginning of next year!

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Letter to Dr. Haynes

I sent this email to the Anti GMO professor from the UK who had a big role in the papaya affair in Venezuela:

Dr. Haynes

I am writing to you again to ask you to please talk in our documentary about the burning of the GM papaya in Mérida, Venezuela. We have found people who were present at the moment of the burning of the fields in Lagunillas and they mention that you were present. We have found newspaper clips where you are mentioned, stating that the papaya fields would be burned if the Ministry of environment didn’t act.

We want to give you the chance to tell to our viewers what happened and why it happened. I remember clearly that you were one of the main activists involved in this, you came to the Department of Science to give talk against GMOs, with t-shirts with corn cobs, in which each kernel was a skull. I remember that your group, RAPAL-VE, promoted an organic agriculture, without any synthetic input. It is puzzling to me that now that Venezuelan farmers have no access to the products that make conventional agriculture possible, you have chosen to live in Exeter, instead of living the scenario that you worked hard to create. I would like you to tell us why this happened.

I can guarantee that a full version, unedited of your interview will be posted in the website of the documentary, if you are concerned about being edited in a negative, biased way. I am committed to the truth and to document what happened, unlike many activists who lied during years and years.

Dr. Haynes, we are about to finish and we think that your testimony would improve greatly the documentary, we want to hear your part of the story, and hopefully you will talk to us. If not, we will have to go on and release what we have now as our only source. In any case, I hope this documentary will be interesting to people and what happened in Lagunillas will be remembered and others will learn the lessons from it.

I would like that you at least would acknowledge receiving these emails, Dr. Haynes. I am surprised that after being such a public presence in Venezuela now you are refusing to speak.

Newspaper from Mérida, Venezuela

“Its members are willing to incinerate papaya plants in Lagunillas”

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Frog goes extinct, media yawns.

A lot of people claims to care about protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity, but they don’t pay attention to this kind of issues, they’d rather spread misinformation and talk about non-existing problems.

Frog goes extinct, media yawn

Toughie, the last of the Rabbs’ fringe-limbed treefrogs, died in September. His passing, and the species extinction, was ignored by much of the media. Photograph: Atlanta Botanical Garden.

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Saving Cavendish: Team grows world-first Panama disease-resistant bananas

Exciting news.
I hope that this can be applied to Gros Michel bananas as well.

Saving Cavendish: Team grows world-first Panama disease-resistant bananas

The RGA2-3 modified Cavendish in the Northern Territory field trial. Credit: QUT.

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More apple varieties!

I remember that some of the apples we got at the Cornell experimental station last year had similar problems: They were very sensitive to bruises.

Notice that other than the Arctic Apples all the other apples here have been obtained by traditional breeding.

This autumn’s apples mark the beginning of the designer fruit era

A Niedwetzkyana apple.

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Saying NO to Orinoco Mining Arch in Venezuela

The Venezuelan Government is promoting the Orinoco Mining Arch as an exit to the current Venezeulan crisis. Some people say it will give us 20 billion dollars of income.

A herd of 5000 to 10000 GM goats that make lactoferrin on their milk would igve us the same income, but since we spent the last 17 years demonising genetic engineering while not investing in research and development. We bought tons of arms and and Russian planes, so no GM goats, we’ll suck the mercury.

That’s Chávez legacy.

We could have been Singapore, but the majority chose Zimbabwe.



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