The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-334) will, among several other measures, support research that leverages many fields surrounding crop and livestock genomic science. This will be done by amending the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 with a section known as the “Genome to Phenome Initiative.” Some of these goals include to:
Understand how variable environmental and production conditions impact growth and productivity of crops and livestock;
Support research that leads to a novel understanding of plant and animal processes that affect growth;
Combine fields such as genetics, genomics, animal physiology, meat science and animal nutrition to increase livestock yield;
University of California Berkeley – An initiative launched two years ago by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco to use CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to develop new disease therapies is expanding into research on the planet’s major crops and poorly understood microbiomes.
St. Louis Post Dispatch - A St. Louis lawyer has secured the right to proceed with a national class-action lawsuit that could pit more than 440,000 U.S. corn farmers against Switzerland-based seed giant Syngenta.