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Posted On: Friday, 8/09/2013 2:55 am
A: Plant biotechnology research can be found in more than just the private sector. Universities, government institutions and non-profits in the public sector around the world are also working hard to develop new biotech innovations for farmers and consumers. Many farmers grow biotech crops which were developed through public sector research. Nearly all papaya farmers in Hawaii grow a biotech variety developed by the University of Hawaii and many Brazilian growers are planting biotech soybean... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 4:44 pm
A: Thank you for your question. Alan McHughen, CE biotechnology specialist and geneticist, discussed the safety of inserted genes in a recent article. An excerpt is below: “…To ensure the inserted gene does what it is supposed to, various molecular, chemical and biological tests are conducted on the GM plant, animal or microbe to check that the inserted DNA sequence is intact and the expressed protein is functional before the GMO is commercialized.  They are also extensively tested for... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 10:48 am
A: Great question. Alan McHughen, CE biotechnology specialist and geneticist, provided a related response that might be of interest to you; an excerpt is below: “Genes are composed of long stretches of DNA, which is composed of the chemical building blocks we abbreviate as A, T, C and G (adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine, respectively).  Just as in the human language English, in which thousands of words are composed of specific sequences of 26 letters, in biology all genes in all... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Sunday, 10/13/2013 8:50 am
A: Kevin Folta, Interim Chair and Associate Professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at University of Florida, has created a video response to your question. Please view the video here: . A transcript of the video is included below: Well, thank you for the question. This is a really interesting one to me because I’m really interested crop domestication. How did the wild weeds that were dotted all over the globe turn into elite foods that have tremendous nutritional... Continue Reading
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Posted On: Wednesday, 9/25/2013 4:42 pm
A: Kevin Folta, Interim Chair and Associate Professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at University of Florida, has created a video response to your question. Please view the video here: A transcript of the video is included below: So what are the big differences between GMO technology, cross-breeding and simple cross-pollination? Let’s start with the last one. Cross-pollination is simply a process where two sexually compatible plants happen to cross by virtue of pollen, which... Continue Reading

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