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November 30, 2015

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November 30, 2015

DNA Sequences in GMOs: Largest Database Now Publicly Available

Nov. 26, 2015 — The JRC has published a new database, JRC GMO-Amplicons, which contains more than 240 000 DNA sequences appearing in genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It will help to verify the presence of ... read more

Safety Last?

Nov. 24, 2015 — With the globalization of our food supply, food safety issues are a major concern for both public health and for the food industry. Media and industry warn consumers of major recalls and problems ... read more

New Gene That Makes Common Bacteria Resistant to Last-Line Antibiotic Found in Animals, Patients in China

Nov. 19, 2015 — A new gene that enables bacteria to be highly resistant to polymyxins, the last line of antibiotic defense we have left, is widespread in Enterobacteriaceae taken from pigs and patients in south ... read more

New Project Aims to Develop Advanced Tools and Research Strategies for Parasite Control in European Farmed Fish

Nov. 18, 2015 — A new research project aims to improve our understanding of fish-parasite interactions and develop innovative solutions and tools to prevent, control and mitigate harmful parasites which affect the ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — Farmers can maintain high yields and boost nature by signing up to a wildlife-friendly scheme, new research suggests. The research suggests that some government schemes designed to encourage farmers ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — When corn prices increase farmers reap higher yields by making changes. According to a recent study, about one-third of the yield increase derives from more intensive management practices and ... read more

Scientists Find Way to Reduce Pesticide Use and Save Millions for Ornamental Industry

Nov. 17, 2015 — Results of new research may help control some dangerous species of fungi, known as phytophthora -- or water molds -- that can cause millions of dollars in damage annually to ornamental plants and ... read more

How DNA and a Supercomputer Can Help Sustain Honey Bee Populations

Nov. 13, 2015 — To uncover what plants honey bees rely on, researchers are applying DNA metabarcoding to pollen analysis. A new method uses three loci to characterize pollen samples collected by honey bees. This ... read more

Parasitic Fungi and the Battle Against Coffee Rust Disease

Nov. 13, 2015 — Coffee rust has ravaged Latin American plantations for several years, leading to reductions in annual coffee production of up to 30 percent in some countries and threatening the livelihoods of ... read more

Nov. 13, 2015 — A gene found only in a single plant species can increase protein content when introduced into staple crops, report scientists. The research has implications for a wide array of crops, especially for ... read more

Tracing Activity of Cancer-Fighting Tomato Component

Nov. 13, 2015 — Years of research have demonstrated that lycopene, the bioactive red pigment found in tomatoes, reduces growth of prostate tumors in a variety of animal models. When consumed, lycopene undergoes a ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — The ancestors of honeybees, living 50 million years ago, were fairly choosy when it came to feeding their offspring. According to the study, the pollen that these insects collected for their larvae ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — Researchers assess the human health risk of exposure to metals in urban gardens by assessing their oral ... read more

Scientists Sequence Drought Tolerant Grass Using Single Molecule Real-Time Sequencing

Nov. 11, 2015 — A new paper reports the virtually complete draft genome of Oropetium thomaeum, a grass species that can regrow after exposed to extreme drought when water becomes available. The resulting assembly ... read more

Intensive Farming Link to Bovine TB

Nov. 11, 2015 — Intensive farming practices such as larger herd size, maize growth, fewer hedgerows and the use of silage have been linked to higher risk of bovine TB, new research has ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — Cacao trees evolved around 10 million years ago, earlier than previously believed, new research shows. Considerable genetic variation might remain to be discovered among wild cacao populations, which ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — An international group of scientists has discovered a gene that can prevent some of the most significant wheat diseases -- creating the potential to combat food security for this staple and save ... read more

New Pest Management Resource for Hop Growers in the Northeast

Nov. 9, 2015 — Researchers have published an open-access article that should help hop farmers in the northeastern US to manage insect pests. The article provides a comprehensive assessment of hop pests and methods ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — Researchers have succeeded in inducing the genes involved in oil synthesis in seeds to work for longer periods of time, thereby allowing them to accumulate more seed ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — A product that helped stop a 100-year-old battle with a cotton disease in Texas has been proven effective in stopping the same fungus from devastating vineyards, according to a plant ... read more

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