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Plant organ development breakthrough

New research from two teams led by Carnegie's Zhiyong Wang and Kathryn Barton focuses on the role of the crucial plant hormone brassinosteroid in the creation of plant-shoot architecture.

Posted: Dec 4th, 2012

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New $25 million grant will improve cassava breeding

To improve the productivity of cassava - a rough and ready root crop that has long been the foundation of food security in Africa -- and plant breeding in sub-Saharan Africa, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom have awarded Cornell $25.2 million to host a five-year research project.

Posted: Dec 1st, 2012

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From rotting mushroom to drug?

Bacterial virulence factor of mushroom soft rot identified. The substance called jagaricin could represent a starting point for the development of new antifungal drugs.

Posted: Nov 29th, 2012

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Traceability of modified foods in the EU and beyond

A huge EU consortium joined forces to develop tools for managing the co-existence of genetically modified (GM) foods and conventional ones in the EU market. The traceability provided should be critical to consumer confidence.

Posted: Nov 29th, 2012

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European Food Safety Authority rejects report linking GM corn to cancer

Serious defects in the design and methodology of a paper by SÚralini et al. mean it does not meet acceptable scientific standards and there is no need to re-examine previous safety evaluations of genetically modified maize NK603. These are the conclusions of separate and independent assessments carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and six EU Member States.

Posted: Nov 28th, 2012

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Decoded genome paves way for better watermelons

Sweeter and more disease-resistant watermelons just may be on their way, thanks to an international consortium of more than 60 scientists that has just published the genome sequence of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus).

Posted: Nov 27th, 2012

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Breakthrough could help optimize capture of sugars for biofuels

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) combined different microscopic imaging methods to gain a greater understanding of the relationships between biomass cell wall structure and enzyme digestibility, a breakthrough that could lead to optimizing sugar yields and lowering the costs of making biofuels.

Posted: Nov 27th, 2012

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