Is it time for genetically modified bananas in Uganda?

Banana plantation (© CABI)

Uganda is the world’s second largest producer of banana crop, with individuals consuming around 1.5 pounds of banana every day. Due to this major need for the success of banana crops within the country, plant pests and diseases are ever more threatening.

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Update: Plant Health News (02 Jul 14)

The European Food Safety Authority have announced their opinion on biotech oilseed rape © Carron Brown (CC BY- NC)
The European Food Safety Authority have given their verdict on biotech oilseed rape © Carron Brown (CC BY- NC)

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the release of EFSA’s scientific opinion on biotech oilseed rape, why using too much fertilizer is bad for crops and bad for climate and how the El Niño is already impacting Peruvian fruit crops.

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World Food Prize 2013 winners announced

2013 World Food Prize laureates (Credit:
2013 World Food Prize Laureates (Credit: World Food Prize)

The most prestigious prize in food and agriculture, the World Food Prize, has this year been awarded to three scientists, Belgian Marc Van Montagu and Americans Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley for their work on agricultural biotechnology. These scientists have all worked on different projects with one goal in mind: to develop better crops in order to increase yields and reduce losses. These include crops resistant to pests and diseases, crops that can grow in extreme environmental conditions and ultimately, crops with higher yields.This is all possible with the developments that these scientists have made in biotechnology and the crop varieties produced as a result. Today, biotech crops make up about 12% of the world’s arable land, with just over half of this 12% being in developing countries. The major commercial biotech crops are maize, soybeans, rapeseed and cotton but many more food crops have been developed using this technology.

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