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Posted On: Thursday, 9/26/2013 4:26 am
A: Bt proteins are degraded within just a few hours in sunlight. Because degradation occurs so rapidly, the spores and crystals are usually applied in some type of formulation to decrease the degradation rate. But even formulated Bt products lose their insecticidal activity within about 4 days. Degradation time may be even shorter than 4 days, depending on the effects of microbial degradation, dew, and washoff due to rainfall events. (for more background on BT see:http://pmep.cce.... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Saturday, 9/07/2013 2:57 pm
A: Golden Rice is a great example of a public-private partnership working towards addressing major malnourishment deficiency that affects over half of the world’s population.  Rice is a staple crop in China, India, Indonesia—it can offer as much as 80% of the caloric intake. However, rice does not naturally produce vitamin A,  iron and other micronutrients. As a result of the micronutrient deficiency, children that rely on a rice-based diet suffer from impaired immune system, blindness... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 4:48 pm
A: I’m a corn and soybean farmer from Indiana with experience raising biotech crops.  I like to say that transgenic traits don’t directly increase yield.  Not yet, anyway.  There are currently no traits that have the effect of saying, “Okay, corn plant.  Your potential was 200 bu/A, but now, with this gene, it will be 225 bu/A.”  Biotech doesn’t work that way. The yield potential of a particular variety is pretty much all in the breeding of the plant.  For corn... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/23/2013 7:26 pm
A: The simple answer to the question is yes. But the simple answer does not adequately provide an explanation or an understanding of the question. To achieve an explanation and understanding, it is helpful to rephrase the question: Does “intellectual property” allow a private company to own the seed created? Beginning in the early 1900s, scientists began to understand the process of developing hybrid plants. Scientists learned to develop two inbred parent lines that, when crossed, produced hybrid... Continue Reading