Biotech wheat to drive US wheat yield challenge
News Nov 12, 2009
- Mike Abram, November 12, 2009
Genetically modified wheat will be at the heart of a drive in the USA to increase yields by 20% by 2018, says Daren Coppock, chief executive officer of the National Association of Wheat Growers.
Wheat areas in the country had come under pressure from soya beans and maize because of the relative poor returns from the crop, he explained at the British Crop Production Council congress.
Typically soya beans and maize gave a net profit of $250-$300/acre compared with $100/acre for wheat. Yield gains in those two crops, partly through the utilisation of genetic modification, had been much higher than in wheat, he said.
Scientists at McGill have found the answer to a question that perplexed Charles Darwin; if natural selection works at the level of the individual, fighting for survival and reproduction, how can a single colony produce worker ants that are so dramatically different in size – from “minor” workers to large-headed soldiers with huge mandibles – especially if they are sterile?
Scientists have developed a successful method to make truly personalized predictions of future disease outcomes for patients with certain types of chronic blood cancers. The study combined extensive genetic and clinical information to predict the prognosis for patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms.
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