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Pest resistance to Bt proteins produced by biotech crops

Pest resistance

In 2016, farmers worldwide planted more than 240 million acres (98 million hectares) of genetically modified corn, cotton and soybeans that produce insect-killing proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt. These Bt proteins kill some voracious caterpillar and beetle pests, but are harmless to people and considered environmentally friendly. …

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Examination of electron behavior within nanoelectronics

Fullerene Nanogears

Researchers from Concordia have made a breakthrough that could help your electronic devices get even smarter. Their findings, which examine electron behavior within nanoelectronics, have been published in the journal Nature Communications. The article was co-authored by current PhD student Andrew McRae (MSc 13) and Alexandre Champagne, associate professor of physics in …

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Nanomachine used by the highly virulent bacteria to secrete toxins

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) researchers have created the first high-resolution structure depicting a crucial part of the ‘superbug’ Pseudomonas aeruginosa, classified by the WHO as having the highest level threat to human health. The image identifies the nanomachine used by the highly virulent bacteria to secrete toxins, pointing …

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Some bacteria use a nanosized speargun to get rid of competitors

bacterial speargun

In order to get rid of unpleasant competitors, some bacteria use a sophisticated weapon — a nanosized speargun. Researchers at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum have now gained new insights into the construction, mode of action and recycling of this weapon. As they report in the journal Nature Microbiology, the speargun …

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Companies have promised a future of renewable fuel from algae

Algae

For over a decade, companies have promised a future of renewable fuel from algae. Investors interested in moving the world away from fossil fuel have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the effort, and with good reason. Algae replicate quickly, requiring little more than water and sunlight to accumulate …

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