By International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium
Wheat farmers have reason to celebrate, as the Canadian Triticum Applied Genomics (CTAG2) project is about to step up its contribution to the global effort to decipher the wheat genome, led by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC). The expected outcome is a new generation of wheat cultivars with higher yields and better resistance to stresses.
By A. Bryan Endres and Lisa Schlessinger, University of Illinois
In a February 25, 2015 update, University of Illinois professors discussed the class action lawsuit surrounding Sygenta's genetically modified (GM) corn Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duradade (collectively, "Agrisure") that contains the MIR 162 genetic trait. By way of background, they briefly restate some of the facts leading up to this litigation.
Bayer CropScience is expanding its European Wheat Breeding Center in Saxony-Anhalt in Germany. The company has tripled the capacity of its complex on the premises of the Gatersleben Biotech Park with investments amounting to some EUR 15 million since its inauguration in 2012.
A recent ruling by a Kansas federal judge cleared the way for farmers, grain handlers and exporters to proceed towards trial in their suits against Syngenta claiming that the company's sale of its Viptera and Duracade corn seed interrupted trade with China and harmed the market for U.S. corn.
The surveys conducted by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in June revealed that producers had planted or intended to plant 85.1 million acres of soybeans in 2015. The extremely wet weather in June resulted in a July re-survey of those producers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas who had indicated in the June survey that they had intended acres that were not yet planted.
By International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
Improved wheat varieties developed using CGIAR breeding lines, either in cross-pollinations or as direct releases, cover more than 100 million hectares — nearly two-thirds of the area sown to improved wheat worldwide, new research (Lantican et al., in press) shows.