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(PSS) January 6, 2006: Researchers in Germany have shown for the first time how genetically
modified maize could be a cost-effective way of tackling iron deficiency in developing countries. For
details, see http://www.agbios.com/news.php

(PSS) January 11, 2006: Trees, particularly those with deep roots, contribute to the Earth’s
climate much more than scientists have thought, according to a new study by biologists and
climatologists from the University of California, Berkeley. For details, see

(PSS) January 11, 2006: The high cost of alfalfa hay, and increased competition for water to
irrigate it, have led researchers at the Forage and Range Research Laboratory in Logan, Utah to
reevaluate the value of planting forage kochia, a protein-rich food for hungry animals that has been
shown to maintain body condition and backfat in animals as well as reduce feed costs by 25%. For
details, see http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2006/060111.htm

(PSS) January 12, 2006: Through an innovative evaluation of plant biotechnology and vaccine
design, researchers in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have successfully turned
tobacco plants into vaccine production factories to combat the deadliest form of plague. For details,
see http://www.agbios.com/news.php

(PSS) January 12, 2006: Scientists in Norway are planning to build a vault to hold seeds of all
known varieties of the world’s crops. The vault will be designed to withstand global catastrophes like
nuclear war or natural disasters that would destroy the planet’s sources of food. For details, see

(PSS) January 12, 2006: The number of hectares planted with biotech crops worldwide increased
by 9.0 million hectares in 2005, according to a recent report. For details, see

(PSS) January 12, 2006: Legislation that would allow California farmers to grow industrial hemp—a
distant cousin of marijuana that can be used in making myriad products—has been approved by a
state Assembly committee. For details, see http://www.wtop.com/?nid=111&sid=586459

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