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    Stormy times ahead

    Sir John Beddington (Chief Scientific adviser to the UK Government) opened the UK Plant Science Federation (UKPSF) conference (18th and 19th April, 2012, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK) with his ‘perfect storm lecture’ (a similar talk is available here). In that opening address he identified energy demands, food production issues, and dwindling freshwater supplies as […] More

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    GM crops – OMG?

    Genetically-modifed crops have never found the acceptability in Europe that they have in other parts of the World, notably the USA. There lots of reasons for this, ranging from ill-infomed two-headed monster theories to much more considered worries about environmental impact. A recent post on Wired picks up on a January paper from BioScience looking […] More

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    Orbis non Sufficit

    A lot of light and not much heat came from the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Study Week on ‘Transgenic Plants for Food Security in the Context of Development’ held in the Vatican earlier this year. The summary of proceedings are given at, from papers published in – New Biotechnology 27(5): 445 – 717 […] More