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The Top 5 Plant Genomics Articles of 2018

It has been an eventful year for plant genomics: we’ve seen advancements in plant disease research, the sequencing of the wheat genome, which was finally achieved through a worldwide collaboration of researchers spanning 13 years, and the ruling on the legal status of gene-edited crops. 

As 2018 draws to a close, we thought it was a good time to reflect. Here, we’ve collated our top articles of the year.

1. The Long Shadow Of The European Ruling On New Breeding Technologies

We are yet to discover what the European Court of Justice’s ruling will mean for plant science, but Dr. Sarah Schmidt predicts that the consequences will be felt beyond Europe and it is likely that “African farmers who want to sell to European markets will be forced to comply with EU rules.”

Read the article to find out more about the possible outcomes.

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2. Increasing Shelf Life of Perishable Produce Using Patented Gene Technology

Advancements have been made in developing gene editing technologies that aid disease tolerance and enhance the shelf life of products.

Jerry Feitelson presented at the 6th Plant Genomics & Gene Editing Congress: Europe on solutions for increasing the shelf life of perishable produce using patented technology. Here, he explains the technology in depth.

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3. 119 Top AgTech Companies & Investors

The last 10 years have seen remarkable growth in AgTech investment. 2017 was a record investment year for the sector, with more than $1.5 billion worth of investments. 

Looking forward, we put together a spreadsheet to demonstrate the major trends in AgTech for 2018.

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4. The Top 10 Plant Genome Databases 

Finding the information that you need on plant genomes is difficult when published data is spread across a vast amount of journals and the rest is unpublished. So we gathered together 10 of the best plant genome databases to make your job easier.

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5. Novel Photosynthesis Technology – the Solution to the Global Food Security Crisis?

The human population is increasing, which means that we need to improve crop productivity to maintain food security. Over the last century, plant breeding and modern agriculture have made large gains in productivity. However, this growth is not keeping pace with demand.

If plant photosynthesis could be improved, this would provide breeders with a new tool to increase crop yields. Here, Dr. Greg Bryan discusses a new novel photosynthesis technology that has the potential to solve the global food security crisis.

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The agenda for the 7th Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress: Europe has launched. Check it out here

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