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Researchers Demonstrate Control of Devastating Cassava Virus in Africa
An international research collaboration recently demonstrated progress in protecting cassava against cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), a serious virus disease, in a confined field trial in Uganda using an RNA interference technology.
Farmers turn to engineered corn to adapt to drought. But will it be enough?
The Washington Post
“I’ve been surprised so far, the plants are responding well,” says Clay Scott, a grower in Kansas who volunteered to plant two plots of Monsanto’s genetically-engineered DroughtGard corn among his 3,000 acres of regular corn. The experimental strain, which carries a gene that helps it draw water more gradually from the soil, is slated for wider release in 2013. “The ear size, kernel counts, the ear weights look good,” Scott said.
AIPI Announces First Round of Collaborative Grant Awards
Boyce Thompson Instituted for Plant Research One important initiative instituted by AIPI was a Seed Grant Program to fund cooperative projects among scientists at the different organizations.
Spectrometry Method Reveals Previously Hidden Plant Tissues
Pioneering mass spectrometry methods developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Ames Laboratory are helping plant biologists get their first glimpses of never-before-seen plant tissue structures.
Mich Hein on Bioinformatics Panel at Danforth Center Aug. 30, 2012
Nidus Managing Partner Mich Hein, Ph.D. will be joined by Ralph Quatrano, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis and Todd Mockler, Ph.D., Associate Member, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center on August 30, 2012 at the Danforth Center for a Conversations Event.
Steam shown to kill Calif. plant disease
San Francisco Chronicle
"It's certainly a new use for steam sterilization," said Robert Leavitt, director of plant health for the Department of Food and Agriculture. "It looks like it is very promising, and it could be a big step forward as a long-term solution for ramorum blight in nurseries."
U.S. EPA Recognizes Kuehnle AgroSystems for Innovative Algae Biofuel Work
Hawaii Reporter “EPA is pleased to recognize Kuehnle AgroSystems for its innovative techniques that can turn a tank of algae into a tank of gas,” Blumenfeld said. “This clean-tech company’s work on renewable biofuels will help make Hawaii energy self-sufficient, and it protects the quality of our air, water and land.”
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