Archive for January, 2009

GM Cotton Plants Found to Curb Pests in Nearby Crops

Cotton accounts for over 10% of all pesticide use and 25% of insecticide use in the world. However, as more weeds and insects become resistant to these chemicals, farmers need more pesticides and insecticides. This is a perfect formula for health, environmental, and socio-economic disaster. Scientists have found a potential solution for this looming catastrophe: genetically modifying cotton crops.Genetically modifying cotton cropsScientists have successfully engineered cotton crops. Most genetic…

Genetically Engineered Plants may Yield More Biofuel

Researchers at the Penn State University revealed that genetically modifying plants could be what we need for a more environmental-friendly and cheaper way of producing ethanol. This could also help convert agricultural waste into livestock food.LigninAt the center of the scientific study is lignin, an important element of woody plant material. This protective barrier is woven in with cellulose, making plants strong and sturdy enough to withstand microbial attack and strong gusts of wind. Howeve…