Enabling policy environment to realise full benefits of gene editing in agri sector

Gene editing mediated by the CRISPR-Cas system has emerged as a powerful technology with the capability of precisely modifying the genome of a wide range of organisms. The technology is based on an existing bacterial immune system and is adopted worldwide as a simple, precise and efficient method to genetically im...Read more

Mumbai scientists develop tech to convert poultry feathers to animal feed, fertiliser

Indian scientists have developed a sustainable and affordable solution for converting keratin waste such as human hair, wool, and poultry feathers to fertilisers, pet and animal feeds. India generates a huge amount of human hair, poultry feather waste and wool waste each year. These wastes are dumped, buried, used...Read more

Bayer launches transparency register for scientific collaborations with external partners

Bayer has introduced a transparency register in the future DAX-40-index. The transparency register will initially launch in Germany before being introduced in further countries. The Bayer Science Collaboration Explorer is aimed at improving long-term public confidence in science and research. The database provides...Read more

PAU, Ludhiana bags patent for enhanced glucose production from SSB

The Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana has been granted an Indian patent on 'Fermentation Process For Enhanced Glucose Production From Sweet Sorghum Bagasse Using Acidothermophilic Fungal Cellulases' by the Indian Patent Office, Government of India, New Delhi. The patent (No. 376260) has been granted for a p...Read more

ICRISAT’s researchers work on genes to defend chickpea against deadly pathogen

Researchers at ICRISAT have recently zeroed in on a few promising sets of genes that play a key role against dry root rot (DRR) of chickpea, a fungal disease in India. The team led by Dr Mamta Sharma, have explained the phenomenon at the molecular level. The team has found the involvement of endochitinase and PR-3...Read more

NewLeaf and Meristem collaborates to bring Innovative Biologicals

   NewLeaf Symbiotics® (NewLeaf) and Meristem Crop Performance Group, LLC announced a new strategic alliance designed to efficiently bring new biologicals to more farmers faster. Under the new relationship, Meristem and NewLeaf will work together to make this yield-enhancing technology reliable, acc...Read more

Union Fishery Minister releases vision document to make Goa self-reliant in agri

Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying virtually released the Vision Document - 'Vision for Development of Agricultural and Allied Sectors: A Way Towards Making Goa Self-Reliant (Swayampurna Goa)” prepared by the ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, G...Read more

PAU develops new varieties of wheat, berseem, oats for cultivation

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has developed and recommended three new varieties of wheat and one variety each of berseem and oats for general cultivation in Punjab. These include PBW 803, PBW 824 and PBW 869 of wheat; BL 44 of berseem and OL 15 of oats. The varieties were approved du...Read more

MoCA permits use of drone to 10 organizations for agri- research  

  Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have granted conditional exemption from Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021 to 10 organizations. The organisations includes Bayer Crop Science, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and TAFE (Tractors and Farm Equipment L...Read more

NIPGR scientists unveil strategy deployed by resistant tomato cultivar against ToLCNDV

Scientists from DBT Autonomous Institution, National Institute of Plant Genomics Research (NIPGR) has reported an effective defence strategy deployed by a resistant tomato cultivar against ToLCNDV. It employs Sw5a (R gene) that recognises AC4 protein (viral effector) of ToLCNDV to restrict virus spread. At the tra...Read more

Union Agri Minister inaugurates world's second-largest refurbished gene bank

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the world's second-largest refurbished state-of-the-art National Gene Bank at the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), Pusa, New Delhi.    Appreciating the services of visionary experts like Prof BP Pal,...Read more

New enzyme paves way for potential disease prevention in infected plants

Led by biologists and chemists from the University of York, the international team of researchers discovered a new class of enzymes that attack pectin called LPMOs. The team also showed that disabling the gene that encodes this enzyme rendered the pathogen incapable of infecting the host.   The new research...Read more