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Genome mapping of oil palm poised to improve yields, protect rainforest | Checkbiotech

The findings have implications for enhancing the future production and sustainability of palm oil, including a reduction in the pressure this productive tropical crop exerts on the footprint of wild rainforests. The work was authored by investigators from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and Orion Genomics.

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Biotech Crops Vs. Pests: Successes and Failures from the First Billion Acres | Checkbiotech

Bt proteins, used for decades in sprays by organic farmers, kill some devastating pests but are considered environmentally friendly and harmless to people. However, some scientists feared that widespread use of these proteins in genetically modified crops would spur rapid evolution of resistance in pests.

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Biotech crops vs. pests: Successes, failures from first billion acres | Checkbiotech

Researchers at the University of Arizona say a new global assessment they released this month helps scientists explain why genetically modified crops have suppressed some pests for more than a decade, while other pests have adapted in just a few years.

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Multi-Toxin Biotech Crops Not Silver Bullets, Scientists Warn | Checkbiotech

The popular new strategy of planting genetically engineered crops that make two or more toxins to fend off insect pests rests on assumptions that don't always apply, UA researchers have discovered.

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