Tag Archives: GM crops

Saving the spud and engaging the public

“How do you breed potatoes to taste nice?” “Can we use microbes to fight potato pathogens?” ”How is late blight spread?” These were just some of the many questions sent in by the public to grill a panel of four … Continue reading

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Shedding light on photosynthesis research

By Angela White Photosynthesis is a major target area for crop improvement. In July 2014, I caught up with three plant scientists researching photosynthesis to discover their latest findings, which were presented at the Society for Experimental Biology’s annual main … Continue reading

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The search for sustainable fish oil

Strategies to protect the marine environment range from fishing quotas to using concrete blocks as artificial reefs. Now, a field in Hertfordshire is the surprising home of an experiment to improve the health of our seas. In 2013, for the first … Continue reading

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Plant scientists assemble to address future challenges at UK PlantSci 2014

By Anna Tiley One of the defining aspects of doing a BBSRC funded doctoral training partnership (DTP) PhD is the opportunity to do a 3 month placement to gain experience outside of the lab. I have recently started my placement … Continue reading

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Your plant science questions answered

By Rebecca Nesbit So many issues in plant science (and indeed in science in general) don’t have the simple answers we expect. Organic farming can cause environmental damage, GM crops have potential to increase food security, and some biofuels can … Continue reading

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New visions for GM crops – but are old views deep-rooted?

By Mimi Tanimoto After something of a hiatus in the media, genetically modified (GM) crops are hitting the headlines once again. Earlier this summer a team of scientists at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire began field trials on GM wheat plants … Continue reading

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