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Biotech is revolutionising agriculture

Biotech is revolutionising agriculture

Few technologies have offered so much and at the same time been demonised by so many as genetically modified crops.Well we now have thousands of detailed evaluations based on over eight years of l...


Grains council calls for review of import protocol

The country's peak grower body, the Australian Grains Council has called for a review of the protocols for importing grain into Australia.The call follows news that a bucket-load of imported corn,...


Food poisoning deaths may be wildly underestimated

Deaths from food poisoning caused by bacteria such as Salmonella may kill double the number of people previously thought, according to a large-scale Danish study. In research published in the late...


Developing countries benefit more from GE crops

Current existing genetically modified crops can have significant yield effects that are most likely to occur in the developing world. This is the conclusion of Matin Qaim and David Zilberman in an art... More...

Statement from the European Group on Life Sciences

Ensuring food security is a prerequisite for a stable society. As populations double in developing countries over the coming generation, and as living standards improve, the demands made on agricultu...


First evidence of horizontal gene transfer?

Japanese researches may have found substantial evidence of horizontal gene transfer from bacteria to eucaryotes. In an article published in the PNAS science journal in October 2002, they reported the ...


Food Prices Could Rise Under New GM Rules

Europe's food industry lobby said on Friday that food will become more expensive if new EU rules on labeling genetically-modified (GM) goods are adopted, increasing resistance to a law also criticized...


DNA shuffling in the genetics game

Dr Willem (Pim) Stemmer has spent the past decade demonstrating, in the most graphic manner possible, the value of biodiversity, and the existence of a massive genetic treasure trove in nature, far gr... More...

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I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>


Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


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