Tech & Comm

A 445-post collection

World's First-to-Market Cultivated Meat Receives U.S. FDA Clearance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed its second pre-market consultation for human food made from cultured animal cells. California-based GOOD Meat, a division of Eat Just, Inc., uses animal cell culture technology to take living cells from chickens and grow the cells in a controlled environment »

Robotic System Offers Hidden Window into Collective Bee Behavior

Honeybees are famously finicky when it comes to being studied. Research instruments and conditions and even unfamiliar smells can disrupt a colony's behavior. Now, a joint research team from the Mobile Robotic Systems Group in EPFL's School of Engineering and School of Computer and Communication Sciences and the Hiveopolis project »

Customized Biopharming Possible Using Humble Soybeans

Two biologists from the University of Colorado (UC) Boulder have ventured into turning soybeans into chemical factories using a platform they developed that infuses genetic instructions into the beans. In time, their research can potentially produce compounds essential for infant milk, vaccines, and cancer treatment.Essential compounds used in pharmaceuticals »

Brazil Approves Drought Tolerant HB4® Wheat for Commercialization and Cultivation

On March 3, 2023, Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp. announced that CTNBio, the National Biosafety Commission of Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, has given the full approval for commercialization and cultivation of HB4 Wheat after the conclusion of the safety evaluation.This approval follows Brazil's previous approval for food »

Cellular Agriculture Key to Food Security, Says GlobalData

As the global population continues to grow, it is estimated to reach around 10 billion by 2050. The need for sustainable food systems has become more urgent. Cellular agriculture is emerging as one of the key technologies for decarbonizing protein production systems by directly producing products from cells, without the »

New Plant-based Hershey’s Chocolates to Hit US Market

The Hershey Company announced the release of two new products made with dairy alternatives: the vegan chocolate bar Hershey's Plant Based Extra Creamy with Almonds and Sea Salt, and Reese's Plant Based Peanut Butter Cups.Consumers can still expect the usual chocolate confections' texture but without the milk. This makes »

FAO Seeds returned from Space

Seeds sent into space last year returned to Earth on 15 April 2023 in a new milestone for joint efforts by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to develop resilient crops that can help provide sufficient food as the »

New COVID-19 Therapy Uses Plants

New research led by Shawn Chen, a researcher with the Arizona State University's Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy and School of Life Sciences, describes an innovative therapy for COVID-19, using transient expression in tobacco plants to develop and produce a monoclonal antibody, or mAb. This therapy may protect »

Plant’s Microevolutionary History Key to Anti-cancer Meds

An international collaboration of researchers led to sequencing of skullcap plant's genome. It helped identify how the plant produces a compound called scutebarbatine A that is known to act against a range of cancer cells. The skullcap plant (Scutellaria barbata) is more commonly known in China as banzhilian. It is »

Genomics Help Bring Climate-smart Strawberries in Warmer Regions

A Singapore-based company recently launched the world's first climate-resilient strawberry. Their purpose is to make strawberries more affordable to consumers while reducing the environmental impact of their production. Genomics-based science is gaining popularity in the food industry, especially in developing nutrient-dense plant varieties resilient to drought and diseases. Advanced genomics »

Full Reference Genome of Tilapia Offers Boost to Global Food Security

A collaborative effort that includes the Earlham Institute, the Roslin Institute, and WorldFish has produced the first full, high-quality reference genome for a genetically improved tilapia. This fundamental resource will benefit fish breeders looking to develop strains that grow bigger, grow quickly, and have improved resilience to the environmental challenges »