Current News & Events


The 4th Plant Genomics & Gene Editing Congress: Asia; Hong Kong 10-11 April 2017 (23 September 2016)
This 2-day congress will examine a range of topics including; NGS, Omic and Gene Editing Technologies for Plant Research; Plant Genomics Case Studies – Cereal and Oil Crops; Plant Genomics Case Studies – Applying NGS in plant research & using genomic technologies; Bioinformatics, Data Management & Analysis; Plant Genomics Case Studies – Metabolomics and Proteomics


CIMMYT50, 27-29 September 2016 (23 September 2016)
For 50 years, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has worked on the front lines of agricultural research for development, advocating for smallholder farmers and connecting national agricultural research systems with the knowledge, experience, and resources they need. To mark CIMMYT’s 50th year, events at various CIMMYT locations during 2016 culminate in a flagship conference in Mexico in September themed “Turning research into impact: Past, present and future.”

Titanic clash over CRISPR patents turns ugly (21 September 2016)
Geneticist George Church has pioneered methods for sequencing and altering genomes. He has been called a founding father of synthetic biology, and is probably the world’s leading authority on efforts to resurrect the extinct woolly mammoth. Now, a battle over who owns the patent rights to a revolutionary gene-editing technique could hinge, in part, on whether Church’s scientific skill could be considered ‘ordinary’.

Largest-ever study reveals environmental impact of genetically modified crops
(14 September 2016)
According to new research from University of Virginia economist Federico Ciliberto, widespread adoption of genetically modified crops has decreased the use of insecticides, but increased the use of weed-killing herbicides as weeds become more resistant.

Islanders unaware of alien plant invasion risk (8 September 2016)
Low public concern about alien plants and animals is hampering conservation efforts on island nations as scientists battle the rapid decline of pristine habitats, a conference has heard.

History sounds a warning on island conservation
The World Conservation Congress, a high-level event summoning 8,000 of the world’s most prestigious environmental scientists, is taking place in Hawaii this month. The choice of location is a sensible one — islands are strongly affected by climate change and invasive species, their ecosystems are among the most fragile on the planet and islanders depend directly on nature for their livelihood.
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