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Assessment reports of technical dossiers of various transgenic events

GenØk-Centre for Biosafety is a designated National Competence Centre for Biosafety in Norway. We are pleased to inform you that GenØk’s assessments of technical dossiers for various transgenic events are available  at http://www.genok.com/reports. These assessments may be of interest to other countries.

The Honesty of Science is Being Compromised at Every Turn

COLIN TUDGE / New Statesman ( UK ) Can we still rely on what scientists tell us? Alas, no. Their conferences and papers are sponsored by industry, their bad results are concealed, their jobs are threatened if they step out of line. Colin Tudge on the corruption of humanity’s most precious discipline Science—not science-based, “high” technology such as smart weapons or GM crops, but science itself—is losing its way. Since science is the most potent agent of change—the ultimately anti-conservative driver of world affairs—this concerns us all. Some scientists worry about the present turn of events. Some do their best to circumvent some of the secrecy and greed that are […]

Baba Ramdev’s plan for reviving agriculture

Tens of thousands of people had come to Delhi to support the fast of Swami Ramdev that began on June 4. In the early hours of June 5 (the midnight of June 4/5) Delhi police backed by Rapid Action Force sweeped on sleeping protestors using teargas and lathi-charge to evicted them. Devinder Sharma Standing on the dais and looking at the sea of humanity that braved the heat of the peak summer season in New Delhi, I wondered what these millions were here for. It had been almost ten hours since the indefinite fast that Swami Ramdev launched and I was trying to read the faces of some of those […]

Government’s response to Ramdev’s Demands

response to baba ramdev’s demands down load Govt’s response as put up on the PIB home page. The very last paragraph is on Agriculture. The govt is claiming that already many programmes are underway to promote organic farming, bio-pesticides and bio-fertilisers – they name RKVY, NPOP/NCOF, NHM amongst these. They claim that organic farming has reached 10.8 lakh hectares from 42000 hectares in 2004-05 because of all of this. “All these will be strengthened and expanded”. On pricing support, the govt defends CACP and how things are based on cost data.

Microbial properties, enzyme activities and the persistence of exogenous proteins in soil under consecutive cultivation of transgenic cottons (Gossypium hirsutum L.)

PLANT SOIL ENVIRON., 57, 2011 (2): 67–74 67 Download Z.H. Chen, L.J. Chen, Y.L. Zhang, Z.J. Wu Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang, P.R. China ABSTRACT One Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and two stacked Bt and cowpea trypsin inhibitor (Bt + CpTI) cottons and their non-transgenic isolines were consecutively cultivated to investigate the soil persistence of Cry1Ac and CpTI pro­teins and their effects on microbial properties and enzyme activities involving C, N, P, and S cycling in soil. Results showed that there were the persistence of Cry1Ac and CpTI proteins in soil under 4-year consecutive cultivation of transgenic cottons. Cry1Ac proteins varied from 6.75 ng/g to 12.01 ng/g […]

Gene alarm on GM crops

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110603/jsp/nation/story_14065280.jsp New Delhi, June 2: Indian scientists have discovered that the genetic modification of plants with a gene already used in crops worldwide may severely damage the plants, a surprising finding that may stir a debate on current crop biotechnology science. The scientists at the University of Delhi have shown that inserting a bacterial gene that makes a protein named Cry1Ac into genomes of plants appears to cause developmental defects, growth retardation and sterility in the plants. Several experimental and commercial genetically-modified plants, including GM cotton cultivated in India and other countries, make the Cry1Ac protein which is toxic to some insects. The insects die when they try to eat […]

The expression of Bt endotoxin Cry1Ac has detrimental effect on the in vitro regeneration as well as in vivo growth and development of tobacco and cotton transgenics

Press release Download the article There has been considerable interest and activity in genetically engineering insect-resistant crop plants using Cry genes encoding insect toxins from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis. The proteins encoded by Cry genes are called Bt-toxins and are thought to specifically affect only certain insects and not other organisms. A paper (Rawat et al., 2011) from the laboratory of Dr. Pradeep Burma (Department of Genetics, University of Delhi South Campus) in the June issue of Journal of Biosciences now reports that expression of the Bt-toxin Cry1Ac in cotton and tobacco is detrimental to growth and development of the plants. Many of the transgenic plants obtained showed developmental […]

Baba Ramdev demands a shift to Sustainable Agriculture

Swami Baba Ramdev is calling a fast from 4th June onwards against Corruption and Black Money Hoarding.  Sustainable Agriculture and related matters are in his major demands ( in his main letter to the Prime Minister).  Today, Swami, Acharya Balakrishna and Devinder Sharma along with others in his team was invited for a discussion with Cabinet ministers led by Pranab Mukherjee.  Kapil Sibal, Pawan Bansal and Subhodh Kant sahai and the Cabinet Secretary was also there for the discussion.  Today Swamiji’s team presented the demands.  Devinder presented the demands on agriculture.  The following are broadly the demands on agriculture Land Acquistion 1. No Agriculture Land should be acquired for non-agri […]

Detrimental effect of expression of Bt endotoxin Cry1Ac on in vitro regeneration, in vivo growth and development of tobacco and cotton transgenics

http://www.ias.ac.in/jbiosci/jun2011/363.pdf Detrimental effect of expression of Bt endotoxin Cry1Ac on in vitro regeneration, in vivo growth and development of tobacco and cotton transgenics PREETI RAWAT 1,† AMARJEET KUMAR SINGH 1,† KRISHNA RAY 1 BHUPENDRA CHAUDHARY, SANJEEV KUMAR, TARU GAUTAM 1,  SHAVETA KANORIA,  GURPREET KAUR 1, PARITOSH KUMAR, DEEPAK PENTAL, 1,2, and PRADEEP KUMAR BURMA 1, * 1 Department of Genetics, University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi 110 021, India 2 Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants, University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi 110 021, India *Corresponding author (Fax, +91-11-24112761; Email, pburma@south.du.ac.in) † These authors contributed equally to the work. High levels of expression of the cry1Ac gene from Bacillus thuringiensis cannot be routinely achieved in transgenic plants despite modifications made in the gene to improve its […]

Association of financial or professional conflict of interest to research outcomes on health risks or nutritional assessment studies of genetically modified products

Download the article Research published in a leading scientific journal concludes that commercial interests interfere with peer reviewed articles on health risks of genetically modified plants. The study shows that studies funded by industry or involving scientists employed by industry are almost certain to produce conclusions in favor of product commercialization, as opposed to studies not dependent on such conditioning. The study also shows that more than half (52%) of the 94 analyzed articles did not declare funding source. However, in those articles specifically, the existence of at least one author affiliated to industry was prevalent (73%). In 83% of the cases where funding was actually declared, none of the […]

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