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PBL supports UK’s agritech innovators in new business competition
Agri-Tech East has launched the UK’s first nationwide business plan competition focussed on agriculture and horticulture. Entrepreneurs and innovators from across the UK are encouraged to submit business plans describing an innovative new technology, product or service that will help improve the efficiency, productivity or sustainability of agriculture and horticulture. PBL is delighted to be one of several organisations offering awards business support to the winners. More details of the GROW competition can be found here.
rGRF3: Increased Growth and Drought Tolerance in Plants - new publication in The Plant Journal
Javier Palatnik and colleagues have published their most recent work on rGRF3 technology. The paper which is published in The Plant Journal is entitled “Post-transcriptional control of GRF transcription factors by microRNA miR396 and GIF co-activator affects leaf size and longevity”. PBL is managing the commercial development of this important innovation.
Mildew resistant wheat achieved by genome editing of Mlo homoeoalleles
Caixia Gao and her team at the State Key Laboratory of Plant Cell and Chromosome Engineering at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology in Beijing, have used genome editing to simultaneously inactivate the three pairs of Mlo alleles in hexaploid wheat, creating a new wheat line which is resistant to powdery mildew. This major achievement was published in Nature Biotechnology on 20 July.
Minister opens landmark new Centrum building at Norwich Research Park
PBL Awarded Two Further US Patents on Short RNAi Molecules: US 8,759,102 and US 8,779,236
Plant Bioscience Limited (PBL) is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued US Patent No. 8,759,102 and US Patent No. 8,779,236 with fundamental claims directed to RNAi in cells and organisms to effect gene silencing.
New Food & Health Research Centre at the Norwich Research Park
A world-leading new centre for food and health research is planned for the Norwich Research Park.
PBL / John Innes Centre Joint Venture Acquired
Norwich company IDna Genetics, the PBL / JIC joint venture which provides DNA services to seed companies, agricultural businesses and the genetics research community, has been sold to a leading local genetics entrepreneur.
Bread for Coeliacs? New publication in PloS One
Francisco Barro and colleagues have published their most recent work on wheats from which the proteins causing Coeliac Disease and related gluten pathologies have been removed. The paper which is published in PloS One is entitled “Reduced-Gliadin Wheat Bread: An Alternative to the Gluten-Free Diet for Consumers Suffering Gluten-Related Pathologies”. PBL is managing the commercial development of this important innovation.
Increasing availability of the "Green Wonder" - Beneforté Broccoli
Beneforté is now available in the UK in Tesco as well as Marks & Spencer and Asda. Please click here for the "Where to Buy" section on the Beneforté Super Broccoli website, which also has information about how Beneforté was developed and recipe ideas from leading chefs.
UK Plant Sciences Federation releases report on UK Plant Science: 28 January 2014
The UK Plants Science Federation has published a new report, UK Plant Science: Current status and future challenges, which is available to download from the Society of Biology website.
Wheat for Coeliacs profiled at Growing Voices launch event - Brussels, 22 January 2014
A new initiative, Growing Voices, launched on 22 January, aims to put forward the facts about GM crops. The launch was marked with a conference hosted in Brussels by EuropaBio. Five GM crop examples were showcased, all representing important advances for healthy food. These included the story of Golden Rice (www.goldenrice.org and www.allowgoldenricenow.org), and also the new wheats developed by Dr Francisco Barro at the CSIC Institute of Sustainable Agriculture, Cordoba, Spain, in which the gluten proteins responsible for Coeliac Disease have been suppressed. Please click here for Dr Barro's presentation on gluten-free Wheat.
New discovery could stimulate plant growth and increase crop yields
Scientists led by experts at Durham University have discovered a natural mechanism in plants that could stimulate their growth even under stress and potentially lead to better crop yields.
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