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Improving resistance to potato blight with a stack of genes

Scientific field trials of GM potatoes have shown that it is necessary to have a stack of several resistance genes in order to provide a comprehensive level of resistance to Phytophthora blight. The work by  researchers from  Wageningen University & Research Centre,  Ghent University, VIB and ILVO showed that each of the genes provided a different contribution to...
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Resistance gene found against Ug99 wheat stem rust pathogen

A research project led by scientists at Kansas State University and the University of California-Davis has identified a gene that gives wheat plants resistance to one of the most deadly races of the wheat stem rust pathogen -- called Ug99 -- that was first discovered in Uganda in 1999. The discovery may help scientists develop new wheat varieties and strategies that protect the world's...
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Breeding better beer

Brewing-enthusiast Dr Chris Ridout had little idea when he applied for a BBSRC public engagement grant in 2001 that it might lead him to resurrect a Victorian beer. Dr Ridout, a crop geneticist at the John Innes Centre (JIC) , applied for the initial grant to take some old 'heritage' varieties of barley, essential to produce malt for beer brewing, to a public exhibition in...
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