Crop Biotech Update
October 26, 2016
• International Team of Scientists Reveals How Plants Turn Light Switch On and Off
• Biofortification Scientists Awarded with 2016 World Food Prize in Des Moines
• Benefits of 20 Years of GE Crops in Canada
Asia and the Pacific
• Asian Scientists and Stakeholders Prepare for MOP 8
• New Act Lifts Moratorium on GM Crop Planting in Western Australia
• EFSA Publishes Scientific Opinion for Market Release of GM Cotton GHB119
• Researchers Identify Gene that Influences Plant Root Development
• Scientists Identify Corn Genes in Charge of Calling for Help
• Scientists Analyze Phytoene Synthase 1 Gene Function in Wheat
• Cyanobacterial Flavodoxin Overexpression Confers Abiotic Resistance in Creeping Bentgrass
New Breeding Technologies
• Targeted Mutagenesis of P450 Gene Confers Male Sterility in Monocots
Beyond Crop Biotech
• Protein for Treatment of Cocaine Abuse Expressed in Tobacco Leaves
• Scientific Conference on GMO Crops
• ISAAA Releases New Pocket K on Marine Biotechnology
From the BICs
• Pakistan Media Practitioners Trained on Science Communication
Crop Biotech Update: Special Editions
BEIJING (13 Apr 2015) — Since 1996, 2 billon hectares of arable land – a massive area more than twice the landmass of China or the United States – have been planted with biotech crops. Additionally, it is estimated that farmers in up to 28 countries have reaped more than US$150 billion in benefits from biotech crops since 1996. This has helped alleviate poverty for up to 16.5 million small farmers and their families annually totaling about 65 million people, who are some of the poorest people in the world.
“More farmers are planting biotech crops in developing countries precisely because biotech crops are a rigorously-tested option for improving crop yields,” said Clive James, founder and emeritus chair of ISAAA, who has authored the ISAAA report for the past two decades. “Despite claims from opponents that biotechnology only benefits farmers in industrialized countries, the continued adoption of the technology in developing countries disproves that” James added.
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July 1, 2016
Arabic - July 6, 2016
Chinese - September 21, 2016
Thai - September 28, 2016
Bangla - September 1, 2016
Chinese-Traditional - September 21, 2016
Japanese - September 1, 2016
Bahasa Indonesia - September 21, 2016
Korean - August 10, 2016
October 19, 2016
News and Trends
• India Cuts Prices of Ethanol
• Pennsylvanian Wastewater Plant Cuts its Energy Bill through Food Waste Co-Digestion
• Nigeria to Plant Jatropha along NNPC Pipelines
Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production
• First Seed Selection in South Africa for Project Solaris
• Oak Ridge National Laboratory Develops Catalyst that Produces Ethanol from CO2
Research and Development
• Researchers Engineer Yarrowia lipolytica for Limonene Overproduction
• Fenton Chemistry is Involved in Rice Straw Degradation by Pantoea ananatis
• US Scientists Develop ‘Super Yeast' for Improved Efficiency of Biofuel Production
Biotechnological applications can be used to harness the potential of the marine environment for human benefit and fundamental biological progress. Know more about marine biotechnology in the latest Pocket K.
Where are Biotech Crops Grown in the World?
The infographic contains information about the 28 countries that planted biotech crops in 2015, based on ISAAA Brief 51: 20th Anniversary (1996 to 2015) of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015.
Biotech Country Facts and Trends
ISAAA releases the revised series Biotech Country Facts and Trends. The first set in the series features the top five developing biotech countries of Brazil, Argentina, India, China, and Paraguay. Biotech Country Facts and Trends are concise summaries highlighting the commercialization of biotech crops in specific countries.
Addressing Biotech Critics
ISAAA releases its latest short video (6 minutes) capturing the viewpoints of biotech experts and stakeholders from different countries on how to properly address biotech critics.
Beyond Promises: Top 10 Facts about Biotech/GM Crops in Their First 20 Years, 1996 to 2015
A visual presentation of the 10 important highlights about biotech crops from 1996 to 2015, taken from the 20th Anniversary of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops (1996 to 2015) and Biotech Crop HIghlights in 2015, authored by Clive James.
Updated Pocket K on Biotech Crop Highlights
The updated version of ISAAA Pocket K No. 16 based on 20th Anniversary (1996 to 2015) of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015 authored by Dr. Clive James is now available
Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2015
Since 1996, 2 billon hectares of arable land – a massive area more than twice the landmass of China or the United States – have been planted with biotech crops. Additionally, it is estimated that farmers in up to 28 countries have reaped more than US$150 billion in benefits from biotech crops since 1996. This has helped alleviate poverty for up to 16.5 million small farmers and their families annually totaling about 65 million people, who are some of the poorest people in the world.
WATCH: Issues and Challenges in Crop Biotechnology
A collection of views and personal experiences of eminent scientists, regulators and communicators from 11 countries, in dealing with various issues and challenges in the adoption and acceptance of biotechnology and biotech crops.
ISAAA in 2015
ISAAA releases annual report in 2015. The report features the efforts and accomplishments of ISAAA for 2015 as its contribution for the global populace. ISAAA continues to feed the world with knowledge, strengthen skills, and unify voices with the hope that crop biotechnology will provide solutions to the most pressing needs of farmers, consumers, and the whole community.
ISAAA Infographic: 19 Years of Biotech Crops in the World
A map infographic showing the countries that are planting and importing biotech crops. In the last 19 years, more than 60 developed and developing countries have either planted or imported biotech crops. Twenty-eight countries planted, and 39 more imported biotech crops in 2014.
Pocket No. 51 Coexistence of Biotech and Non-biotech Crops
This Pocket K includes case studies showing that simultaneous planting of biotech and non-biotech crops in contiguous location is possible, following proper guidelines such as scheduling of flowering time and setting buffer distance between farms. The U.S. and E.U. experiences in developing coexistence guidelines were also discussed.
Infographic: Do You Know Where Biotech Crops are Grown?
The infographic shows the commercialized biotech crops grown in the 28 planting countries in 2014 based on ISAAA Brief 49 Global Status of Commercialized Biotech /GM Crops: 2014
Biotech Corn in the Philippines: A Country Profile
The monograph features an overview of the country''s agricultural profile, particularly on biotech corn a background of its biosafety regulations biotech research and development and products in the pipeline and stakeholder experiences and sentiments on biotech adoption.
50 Biotech Bites
The book entitled 50 Biotech Bites contains 50 topics relevant to the science, applications, and issues behind agricultural biotechnology. It is based on pocket-sized publications called Pockets K or Pockets of Knowledge which have been developed by ISAAA for the last 15 years.
Biotech Country Facts and Trends (Updated) Batch 2
ISAAA releases the second batch in the revised series Biotech Country Facts and Trends. This set features the five developing biotech countries of Pakistan, South Africa, Uruguay, Bolivia, and the Philippines. Biotech Country Facts and Trends are concise summaries highlighting the commercialization of biotech crops in specific countries.
Search thru over 500 links to research institutes, universities, companies, sources of biotech information and other directories specific to agricultural biotechnology and related fields.
A list of meetings, courses and workshops related to crop biotechnology world-wide.