Golden Rice Research to Continue Despite Field Trial VandalismAugust 22, 2013
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) were unfazed by the uprooting of Golden Rice on trial as they will continue the research of the crop seeing the technology as a potential way to reduce vitamin A deficiency.
IRRI's Deputy Director General of Communications and Partnerships Bruce Tolentino said that Golden Rice research is part of the institute's humanitarian work to reduce vitamin A deficiency that mostly affects women and children – causing sickness, blindness, and even death. In the Philippines, vitamin A deficiency affects approximately 1.7 million children (15.2%) aged six months to five years. Subclinical vitamin A deficiency affects one out of every ten pregnant women.
Golden Rice field trials are being conducted in the Philippines by PhilRice and IRRI. The field trials have been permitted by DA-BPI, the national regulatory authority in the Philippines for crop biotechnology research and development, after establishing that the trials will pose no significant risks to human health and environment.
See IRRI's news release at http://www.irri.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=12638:malnutrition-fight-not-over-golden-rice-research-continues&lang=en.
Biotech Updates is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. It is distributed for free to over 22,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- ISAAA Releases Special Feature on Drought Tolerance in Maize
- Patent Issued for Drought Tolerant Technology
- Scientists Discover Gene for Wheat Stem Rust Resistance
- Prof. Calestous Juma: Invest in Biotechnology, and Adapt Learnings to Other Sectors
- Ghanaian Farmers and Government Officials Sensitized on Biotechnology
- FARA, IITA to Work Together on Agricultural Research
- Saskatchewan Scientists Sequence Camelina Genome
- US APHIS Determines Non-regulated Status of Event FG72 Soybean
- Canadian University Gets $1.5 M Funding to Boost Wheat Research
- Scientists Find Gene that Prevents Wheat from Preharvest Sprouting
- OGTR Issues Licenses for GM Cotton and Wheat
- Biotech Maize Stacked Traits Given Japanese Import Approval
- Dr. Norman Borlaug's Statue Unveiled in India
- Mark Lynas Calls on India to Embrace GM Crops for Food Security
- Golden Rice Research to Continue Despite Field Trial Vandalism
- Bangladesh Education Minister on Biotech and Infomation Technology Education
- GM Maize Area in Spain Increases by 20%
- Plant-mediated RNAi for Tobacco Tolerance against Peach Potato Aphid
Beyond Crop Biotech
- Facebook Game to Save Dying Ash Trees
- South Asia Biosafety Conference
- Postgraduate Course on Biosafety in Plant Biotech
- Biotech sQuizBox (Not Just for Kids)
- E-learning Module on Guidelines for Confined Field Trials of GE Plants
Read the latest:
- Biotech Updates (May 31, 2023)
- Gene Editing Supplement (May 31, 2023)
- Gene Drive Supplement (February 22, 2023)
Subscribe to BU: