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Nobel laureate outlines how new technologies measurably boost farmers

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CSIRO scientists publish new research on SARS-COV-2 virus ‘survivability’

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Del Monte’s pink pineapple now available

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WHO greenlights GM mozzies as beneficial technology

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Indian farmer confirms socio-economic impact of Bt Cotton

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Argentina first in the world to approve drought tolerant HB4® wheat

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ISAAA assists Myanmar scientists, academics in developing Biotechnology Information Portal

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Why do fishermen add artificial coloring to salmon?

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World Food Programme earns Nobel Peace Prize 2020

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