90 percent of pregnant women may have detectable levels of herbicides

Public Release: 22-Mar-2018 Study finds direct evidence of exposure of pregnant women to herbicide ingredient Indiana University INDIANAPOLIS — The first birth cohort study of its kind has found more than 90 percent of a group of pregnant women in Central Indiana had detectable levels of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, the most heavily…

Worldwide, herbicide resistance has evolved in more than 200 plant species.

Public Release: 30-Nov-2016 Shifts in mating strategies help herbicide-resistant ‘superweeds’ persist University of Michigan   ANN ARBOR — Herbicide-resistant “superweeds” change their mating strategies over time, an evolutionary shift that helps them hold onto valuable genes and outcompete other plants, according to a new study from University of Michigan researchers. The study examined the relationships…

Residents concerned about use of genetically modified mosquitoes to curb insect population

Public Release: 6-Jun-2016   Small survey suggests reasons for lack of support for novel way to combat mosquito that carries Zika, dengue, chikungunya Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health A small survey of residents of a Florida Keys neighborhood where officials hope to release genetically modified mosquitos to potentially reduce the threat of…

Eastern Monarch butterflies at risk of extinction unless numbers increase

Public Release: 21-Mar-2016   United States Geological Survey   Long-term declines in the overwintering Eastern population of North American monarch butterflies are significantly increasing their likelihood of becoming extinct over the next two decades, according to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and U.S. Geological Survey research published today. The new study, available…

GMO Rice Attorneys Can Sue for Millions

“contaminating the U.S. rice supply with “Liberty Link,” a genetically modified rice which had not been approved for human consumption.” By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN ST. LOUIS (CN) – The Eighth Circuit said Riceland Foods may have to give farmers’ attorneys some of the money it won from Bayer CropScience in a lawsuit over genetically modified rice.    …

Can transgenic rice cause ecological risks through transgene escape?

“ transgene carrying progeny will lead to contamination of the original wild rice populations, and even to the extinction of endangered wild rice populations in local ecosystems “ LU Baorong**, SONG Zhiping and CHEN Jiakuan (Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Biodiversity and Ecological Engineering, Institute of Biodiversity Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433) Abstract: Alien…

Invasive weed’s genetically evolve to survive herbicide Roundup Weed Killer

Public Release: 19-Feb-2015 Invasive weed’s resistance to well-known herbicide stems from increase in gene copies Kansas State University MANHATTAN, Kansas — A recent study by a Kansas State University weed scientist finds why the invasive weed kochia is like a cockroach of the plant world. Mithila Jugulam, assistant professor of agronomy, led a study that…

Gene may help reduce GM contamination

Public Release: 19-Feb-2015 Genetically modified crops have long drawn fire from opponents worried about potential contamination of conventional crops and other plants. Now a plant gene discovered by University of Guelph scientists might help farmers reduce the risk of GM contamination and quell arguments against the use of transgenic food crops, says Sherif Sherif, lead…

Monarch Butterflies food supply 99% destroyed by Monsanto’s herbicide

  Friday, 06 February 2015 The multinational agricultural giant Monsanto’s signature herbicide Roundup Ready is leading to the decimation of Monarch butterfly populations, according to a report issued by the US environment watchdog Center for Food Safety. “This report is a wake-up call. This iconic species is on the verge of extinction, because of Monsanto’s…