Nitrogen Efficient Use Biotech Crops

Pocket K No. 46


Pocket K 46 includes a summary of genes studied to modify nitrogen use of plants and the research status of biotech crops with improved nitrogen use including corn, wheat, canola, rice, wheat, sugarcane, and sugar beet.

Beyond Promises:

Top 10 Facts about Biotech/GM Crops in 2013


A visual presentation of the 10 important highlights about biotech crops in 2013, taken from the ISAAA Brief 46 Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013

Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013

ISAAA Brief 46-2013


Dedicated to the late Nobel Peace Laureate, Norman Borlaug, founding patron of ISAAA, on the centenary of his birth, 25 March 2014. Biotech Crop hectares continue to grow and exceed 175 million hectares in 2013, with both large and small developing countries, exerting more global leadership

Farmers First

Feedback from the Farm


A collection of farmers' testimonies from China, India, and the Philippines, about how they started adopting biotech crops, how they benefited from the technology, and why they continue planting biotech crops

Crop Biotech Update: Special Editions

BEIJING (Feb. 13, 2014) — The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) today released a report which indicates more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries planted biotech crops in 2013, reflecting a five million, or three percent, increase in global biotech crop hectarage. 2013 also marks the first-ever commercial plantings of drought-tolerant biotech maize in the United States.

Global biotech crop hectarage has increased from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to over 175 million hectares in 2013. During this 18 year period, more than a 100-fold increase of commercial biotech crop hectarage has been reported. The United States continues to lead global biotech crop plantings at 70.1 million hectares or 40 percent of total global hectares.

Crop Biotech Update Translations

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Vietnamese - July 9, 2014
Arabic - March 19, 2014
Chinese - June 25, 2014
Thai - June 11, 2014
Bangla - March 26, 2014
Chinese-Traditional - June 25, 2014
Portuguese - June 1, 2014
Japanese - June 1, 2014
Bahasa Indonesia - June 11, 2014
Korean - February 19, 2014

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French - June 2014 issue
Italian - March 2011 issue
Spanish - July 2012 issue

What's New

ISAAA Pockets of Knowledge, Updated
Pocket K's 1, 2, 4, 6 & 10 are updated.

Country Biotech 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.

Updated Pocket K on Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2013
Updated version of ISAAA's Pocket K No. 16 based on Brief 46: Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops 2013 written by Dr. Clive James is now available.

Agricultural Biotechnology (A Lot More Than Just GM)
The booklet explains and compares tools of agri-biotech including conventional breeding, tissue culture and micropropagation, molecular breeding and marker-assisted selection, and genetic engineering

Infomercial: What Do People Say About Biotech?
This informercial features photos of students, teachers, farmers, media practitioners, and consumers who were asked to write one-liners about their perception on biotechnology. These photos were taken during the science fairs held in the Philippines in 2013.

Infographic on Biotech Crops Benefits
This infographic summarizes the important contributions of biotech crops in increasing crop productivity, conserving biodiversity, reducing agriculture's environmental footprint, mitigating the effects of climate change, and alleviation of poverty and hunger.

Infomercial: Biotech Crop Adoption in 2013
This infomercial summarizes the highlights of the report on the global status of biotech crop planting in 2013. The 90-second video presents percentage of the major countries, crops, and biotech traits planted in 2013

Pocket K 46 on Nitrogen Efficient Use Biotech Crops
Pocket K 46 includes a summary of genes studied to modify nitrogen use of plants and the research status of biotech crops with improved nitrogen use including corn, wheat, canola, rice, wheat, sugarcane, and sugar beet.

Beyond Promises: Top 10 Facts about Biotech/GM Crops in 2013
A visual presentation of the 10 important highlights about biotech crops in 2013, taken from the "Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013" authored by Clive James, Founder and Emeritus Chair of ISAAA

The Story of Bt Brinjal in India
The Story of Bt Brinjal in India documents the process of development, deregulation, demand and debate on Bt brinjal (eggplant/aubergine) in India.

An Alert Farmer is an Affluent Farmer
An infographic on Bt cotton manifesting the "7 wonders of the Bt cotton" and drawing the key trends in cotton sectoral transformation in India

ISAAA's Norman Borlaug Centenary Emblem
ISAAA releases the Norman Borlaug Centenary emblem as part of the world-wide centenary (25 March 1914 to 25 March 2014) celebrations of the birth of the Nobel Peace Laureate, Norman Borlaug.

Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2013
ISAAA Brief 46-2013 is now available! Get your copy now!

Executive Summary: ISAAA Brief 46-2013
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Press Release: ISAAA Brief 46-2013
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Top Ten Facts: ISAAA Brief 46-2013
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Highlights of the 2013 Report
In this video, Clive James, Founder and Emeritus Chair of ISAAA, presents the highlights of the global status of commercialized biotech crops in 2013.

Infographics About ISAAA: The Go-to-source of Information for GM Crops
ISAAA launches the second in a series of infographics on food and agriculture that symbolizes ISAAA as a source by the global agricultural institutions providing reliable data, information and knowledge on biotech/GM crops in industrial and developing countries.

Cadres of Change: Transforming Biotech Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines
A 10- minute video based on the project research Adoption and Uptake Pathways of GM/Biotech Crops by Small-scale, Resource-poor Asian Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines consolidates the farmer narratives from the three countries on adoption and uptake pathways of biotech crops.

Research Reports on Adoption of Commercialized GM/Biotech Crops by Small-scale Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines
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Can Mother Earth Feed 9+ Billion in 2050?
Coinciding with the celebration of the World Food Prize (WFP) Foundation 16-19 October 2013 to honor three distinguished crop biotechnologists, ISAAA launches a new infographic on food and agricultural biotechnology to raise public understanding on challenges of feeding the world of tomorrow.

Farmers First: Feedback from the Farm
A collection of farmers' testimonies from China, India, and the Philippines, about how they started adopting biotech crops, how they benefited from the technology, and why they continue planting biotech crops.

Biotechnology Information Directory

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