Tag Archives: GM technologies

Bumper harvest for GM purple tomatoes

Bumper harvest for GM purple tomatoes

GM purple tomatoes developed by John Innes Centre scientists in the UK are being harvested in Ontario, Canada, for future research and to attract interest from private investors. The 5000 square-foot glasshouse will yield enough tomatoes to produce 2000 litres of purple tomato juice. It will be used to generate new research and industry collaborations [...]

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The world’s favourite fruit only better-tasting and longer-lasting

The world’s favourite fruit only better-tasting and longer-lasting

Tomatoes, said to be the world’s most popular fruit, can be made both better-tasting and longer-lasting thanks to UK research with purple GM varieties. “Working with GM tomatoes that are different to normal fruit only by the addition of a specific compound, allows us to pinpoint exactly how to breed in valuable traits,” said Professor [...]

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Co-founder of anti-GM movement Mark Lynas calls for evidence to replace instinct in GM debate

Author, environmentalist and “stately scientific rationalist” Mark Lynas makes the case for GM technology to help deliver more, safe food with less impact on the planet’s resources. He gave the 4th Chris Lamb lecture at the John Innes Centre, set up in memory of the former JIC director who died in 2009. This was also the [...]

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Brassica research boosted by transformation resources

The genetic modification of plants is an invaluable tool used by scientists globally to gain a better understanding of the functions of certain genes in plants. Even if it is not used directly to create improved crop varieties, genetic modification is invaluable for probing gene function and identifying genomic markers that give breeders tools and [...]

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Leading plant researchers call for science-based GM regulation

At the end of this month, the world’s population will reach 7 billion; 1 billion are hungry, and 1 billion more are malnourished (http://tinyurl.com/3ngkyrt). In the next decades, there will be more humans. Limited land and water, costly energy for fertilizer, and climate change will ensure that more of them are hungry. Politics, economics and lack [...]

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The Great Norfolk Food Debate

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As part of the Norfolk Food Festival, the John Innes Centre hosted The Great Norfolk Food Debate, on the issue of GM Foods and Farming. A GM crop trial currently being conducted in Norwich is aiming to establish if a GM potato resistant to late blight can be developed to reduce the amount of fungicide [...]

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GM take-away: How to genetically modify a tomato, and other things we eat

GM take-away: How to genetically modify a tomato, and other things we eat

GM take-away: How to genetically modify a tomato, and other things we eat A take-away photographic exhibition, being launched at the British Science Festival in Bradford on Saturday 10th September, is aiming to demystify the process of genetic modification, to try to make the debate about this controversial subject more informed. The exhibition has been [...]

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Press Notice of anti-GM event

Press Notice of anti-GM event

What: Scientists from The Sainsbury Laboratory conducting a research trial of blight-resistant GM potatoes invited anti-GM campaigners planning a “photo shoot” in Norwich to take part in a debate. The invitation has been declined and instead campaigners plan to “deliver” some potatoes to the John Innes Centre, beside the TSL site, and to hold a “rally”. [...]

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