World Food Prize 2013 winners announced

argylesock says… Here’s news about scientists receiving the World Food Prize. These winners are scientists who developed the methods used to make genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered, GE) crops. You can read more under my ‘genetic modification’ tag.

The Plantwise Blog

The most prestigious prize in food and agriculture, the World Food Prize, has this year been awarded to three scientists, Belgian Marc Van Montagu and Americans Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley for their work on agricultural biotechnology. These scientists have all worked on different projects with one goal in mind: to develop better crops in order to increase yields and reduce losses. These include crops resistant to pests and diseases, crops that can grow in extreme environmental conditions and ultimately, crops with higher yields.This is all possible with the developments that these scientists have made in biotechnology and the crop varieties produced as a result. Today, biotech crops make up about 12% of the world’s arable land, with just over half of this 12% being in developing countries. The major commercial biotech crops are maize, soybeans, rapeseed and cotton but many more food crops have been developed using this…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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