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(BBC)   British agricultural scientists go with the grain to create new wheat with 30% higher productivity. I'm super-cereal   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 9
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2013-05-13 02:04:22 AM
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I'm pretty sure that's a Russian invention.
2013-05-13 10:34:41 AM
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Stone Meadow: Instead they played around with its genetics...they MODIFIED them...to gain the productivity, same as farmers have been doing for eons.


Yeah, but by that definition "genetic manipulation" happens every time sexual reproduction takes place, and since that makes the term useless for scaremongering, nobody will accept it.
2013-05-13 10:00:31 AM
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Stone Meadow: What they didn't do is add sea slug genes, or genes from the bladderwort or other unrelated plant to a pre-existing genome. But to claim they didn't do any genetic modification is a bald faced lie.


Hybridization =! genetic modification.
2013-05-13 09:57:26 AM
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Stone Meadow: FTFA: The process required no genetic modification of the crops.

Bullshiat...this is EXACTLY what they did to breed this new plant. It wouldn't involve genetic modification if they'd discovered that adding, say additional minerals to the growing soil would increase productivity by 30%. But they didn't do that. Instead they played around with its genetics...they MODIFIED them...to gain the productivity, same as farmers have been doing for eons.

What they didn't do is add sea slug genes, or genes from the bladderwort or other unrelated plant to a pre-existing genome. But to claim they didn't do any genetic modification is a bald faced lie.


When they say GM, they mean targeted acting factors, usually introduced through biolistic, agrobacterium mediated vectors.

What happened here was not GM. They basically just made wheat marry it's great great great grandparent and have disgusting little wheat babies.
2013-05-13 08:42:30 AM
1 votes:

Befuddled: Great. So instead of dealing with the incredibly destructive human overpopulation, we can keep going up and up population-wise. Because there's no downside as long as people can be fed, right?

We should have been dealing with overpopulation back in the seventies instead of developing better strains of the staple crops.


Population is near the peak of a bell curve and predicted to start leveling off and then dropping within a few decades.
2013-05-13 08:05:56 AM
1 votes:

jso2897: Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Not if luddites like Greenpeace can help it

Because anyone who so much as suspects that this isn't the greatest idea in the history of ever must be a "luddite".


Actually if you read the article its not GMO. The simply mated the crop with an ancient strand.
2013-05-13 03:40:09 AM
1 votes:

Radak: [i.imgur.com image 501x445]


Glad I'm not the only one who immediately thought "quadrotriticale".
2013-05-13 02:31:05 AM
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-05-13 02:06:53 AM
1 votes:
I'll trade them a brick and two wood for it.
 
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