Tech & Comm

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Replacing Fishmeal with Microbial Protein

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Temasek Polytechnic have successfully replaced half of the fishmeal protein in the diets of farmed Asian seabass with a 'single cell protein' cultivated from microbes in soybean processing wastewater, paving the way for more sustainable fish farming practices. The use of »

Japanese Scientists Boost Beta-carotene in Eggplant

Researchers from Ryukoku University and Osaka Metropolitan University in Japan have grown transgenic eggplants with high beta-carotene content. These crops were grown under artificial lighting. Eggplants only have few carotenoids, like beta-carotene, compared to tomatoes. That is why scientists are searching for ways to boost the amount of beta-carotene in »

Gene Editing to Improve Postharvest Life of Tomato

Chinese researchers explore the function of the NAC transcription factor NOR-like1 gene in tomato fruit softening. The findings of their study are reported in Postharvest Biology and Technology. Softening in fleshy fruits is a critical aspect that significantly influences their overall quality and shelf life. Previous studies show that the »

University of Basel Research Team Decodes How Corn Reduces Arsenic in Soil

Arsenic is a toxic element that accumulates in food when crops grow in contaminated soil. A study conducted by the University of Basel has discovered a mechanism used by corn plants to reduce arsenic uptake in a special substance released into the soil by the plant's roots. Arsenic-contaminated soils and »

Microbes May Affect Taste of Mustard Seeds

Can microbes in the soil also contribute to taste? In a recent study published in New Phytologist, former PhD student Corrine Walsh at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder and CIRES Fellow Noah Fierer ran one of the first experiments to »

Rice Protein Contributes to Stress Resistance in Plants

A group of researchers from Bacha Khan University in Pakistan and other institutions investigated a type of plant protein called MYB transcription factors (MYB TFs) to see if they could improve crop yields under stressful conditions like heat, salt, and drought. Their findings are published in GM Crops & Food. »

International Team of Scientists Cracks Sugarcane's Complex Genetic Code

Sugarcane's complicated genetics made it the last major crop without a complete and highly accurate genome. Scientists from France, Australia, Czech Republic, and the United States led by the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) have developed and combined multiple techniques to successfully map out sugarcane's genetic »

Silkworms Engineered for Super Silk

Experts have been trying to modify silkworm genes to create silk with new properties, like spider silk's strength. This goal is faced with numerous challenges, but researchers from Jiangsu University of Science and Technology in China and partners explored using various techniques for genetically engineering silkworms, such as TALENs and »

Transgenic Cow Generates Milk with Human Insulin

Scientists generated a transgenic cow that produces milk with human insulin. Their research may help patients with diabetes. Insulin deficiency or resistance may cause diabetes, which is a disease that can severely damage various body organs. In order for their body to function properly, diabetics need to inject insulin for »

Machine Learning Model Predicts Effect of Climate Change to Rice Yields

American researchers produced a predictive model to identify the effects of climate change on rice yields. The strategies from their research may be applied to other crop species. The United States of America is one of the top rice exporters in the world. However, their production is affected by genetics »