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GM maize - Rebecca Nesbit

News – June 2016

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Some interesting links for GMO-relevant news floating around at the moment:

Crop breeding is not keeping pace with climate change – University of Leeds researchers published a paper ‘Current warming will reduce yields unless maize breeding and seed systems adapt immediately‘.

Seeds, Syrup and Subversion – a BBC World Service programme with a debate about corporate control and Big Ag, available on listen again.

Results of Bt eggplant field trials – looks good scientifically, although regulation in the Philippines may make that irrelevant…

Silenced Crops kickstarter campaign – interesting to see a crowdfunding campaign for a positive genetic modification story. This time it is to make a documentary about GM papaya in Venezuela.


Author: Rebecca Nesbit

I am author of a popular science book 'Is that Fish in your Tomato?' exploring the fact and fiction of GM crops. In my work and leisure so far, I have trained bees to detect explosives, used a radar to study butterflies for my PhD, written a novel, taken the train from London to China, organised Biology Week, sold science jewellery on Etsy, and traveled to four continents with Nobel Laureates. Best off all, I've made lots of friends whose support I very much appreciate. Thank you! Please visit my website:

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