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Useful creature turns into pest and vice versa
A desirable exotic animal placed in a Dutch habitat can develop into a pest, and an undesirable animal could by chance turn out to be a useful export product. This finding has emer...
Kema gets down to business to make disease-resistant bananas
Wageningen phytopathologist Gert Kema and French researchers published the banana genome sequence in Nature in July. The wild banana (Musa acuminate) has genes which are resistant ...
Anniversary for Mouse-ear cress
It comes up through the cracks in the pavements on every street corner in the Netherlands: Arabidopsis thaliana, commonly known as mouse-ear cress or thale cress. And this year thi...
One million for cricket drumsticks
Subsidy has been given for research into insects as food for humans. Proteins from insects can be added to foodstuffs.
Environment affects maize plant more than gene technology
The impact of genetic manipulation on maize plants is no greater than that of regular breeding methods. Environment differences are far more influential, research by Rikilt and par...
Cabinet: 'Patents stumbling block to breeding'
Biotech companies may no longer stand in the way of other breeders by patenting the characteristics of plants. Therefore, the European patent law needs to be amended, says the Dutc...
Green herb to combat malnutrition
The herb-like plant Amaranth shows great promise for the reduction of malnutrition in Kenya. This plant has a lot of healthy proteins, vitamins and beta-carotene.
Gene technology changes plants less than trad plant breeding
Genetically, crops are changed far more by classic plant breeding methods than by genetic modification. This claim has been made in the scientific journal PNAS by researchers from ...
Tomato gene may fend banana against formidable fungus
Proteins from the fungus Cladosporium fulvum, which causes leaf blight in tomato plants, are very similar to the proteins of the fungus Mycosphaerella fijiensis, which causes the m...
Red tomatoes thanks to meteorite
The meteorite which crashed into the Earth 60 to 70 million years ago, wiping out dinosaurs, had probably given us nice red tomatoes as well. This can be deduced from a tomato geno...