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BIOPRODUCTS UPDATE

Gene identified that will help develop plants to fight climate change

July 15, 2019

Hidden underground networks of plant roots snake through the earth foraging for nutrients and water, similar to a worm searching for food. Yet, the genetic and molecular mechanisms that govern which parts of the soil roots explore remain largely unknown. Now, researchers have discovered a gene that determines whether roots grow deep or shallow in the soil.


Improved model could help scientists better predict crop yield, climate change effects

July 15, 2019

A new computer model incorporates how microscopic pores on leaves may open in response to light -- an advance that could help scientists create virtual plants to predict how higher temperatures and rising levels of carbon dioxide will affect food crops.


Manmade 'superfly' could help feed world's livestock

July 15, 2019

In a laboratory near Edinburgh, squirming supersize dark brown maggots and cages crammed with tens of thousands of their winged big brothers and sisters are offering a tantalising glimpse into the future of farming.


Perfect Day gives fans first taste of animal-free dairy with limited edition ice cream release

July 15, 2019

Perfect Day, a start-up producing whey and casein via microbial fermentation (minus the cows) is giving fans a first taste of its animal-free proteins via a limited edition release of ice cream sold directly to consumers via its website.


Plant nutrient detector breakthrough

July 15, 2019

Findings could lead to less fertiliser wastage, saving millions of dollars for Australian farmers.


Poop power: livestock byproducts turn into renewable energy

July 15, 2019

Brightmark has two main categories to their business; one is to turn plastics into fuel (Yes! Plastic is recyclable after all!) and the second is to turn organic matter (manure, food waste, livestock byproducts, etc.) into renewable energy through anaerobic digestion, which ultimately recycles it into power and fuel.


Researchers can finally modify plant mitochondrial DNA

July 15, 2019

Researchers have edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time, which could lead to a more secure food supply. Nuclear DNA was first edited in the early 1970s, chloroplast DNA was first edited in 1988, and animal mitochondrial DNA was edited in 2008. However, no tool previously successfully edited plant mitochondrial DNA. Researchers used their technique to create four new lines of rice and three new lines of canola.


Study shows potential for reduced methane from cows

July 15, 2019

An international team of scientists has shown it is possible to breed cattle to reduce their methane emissions.


Transformed tobacco fields could cuts costs for medical proteins

July 15, 2019

A new study describes the first successful rearing of engineered tobacco plants in order to produce medical and industrial proteins outdoors in the field, a necessity for economic viability, so they can be grown at large scales.


Yield-boosting stay-green gene identified from 118-year-old experiment in corn

July 15, 2019

A corn gene identified from a 118-year-old experiment could boost yields of today's elite hybrids with no added inputs. The gene controls a critical piece of senescence, or seasonal die-back, in corn. When the gene is turned off, field-grown elite hybrids yielded 4.6 bushels more per acre on average than standard plants.