Straight from the Scientists:

Biotech Experts' Perspectives and Experiences in Informing the Public


This monograph highlights the study on how academics and scientists play their role in biotech communication.

Bt Eggplant

Pocket K No. 48


Pocket K on Bt Eggplant features the technology behind the biotech crop and status of Bt eggplant adoption and experimentation including potential benefits in Bangladesh, India, and the Philippines.

Biotechnology in Ornamental Plants

Pocket K No. 47


This new Pocket K, Biotechnology in Ornamental Plants, includes the different types of ornamental plants, the different uses of biotechnology in ornamental horticulture, and the major genetically modified ornamentals.

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.

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 - October 8, 2014
Arabic - March 19, 2014
Chinese - September 18, 2014
Thai - August 20, 2014
Bangla - June 18, 2014
Chinese-Traditional - September 18, 2014
Portuguese - August 1, 2014
Japanese - September 1, 2014
Bahasa Indonesia - October 1, 2014
Korean - July 9, 2014

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

What's New

ISAAA Brief 48-2014
This brief shows how modern biotechnology has transformed farming into a profession that harvests agronomic and socio-cultural benefits beyond promise. It embodies the stories of how biotech crops, particularly Bt cotton in China and India and biotech corn in the Philippines, are changing the lives of small farmers, their families, communities, and even nations.

Straight from the Scientists: Biotech Experts' Perspectives and Experiences in Informing the Public
This monograph highlights the study on how academics and scientists play their role in biotech communication.

Pocket K no 48: Bt Eggplant
Pocket K on Bt Eggplant features the technology behind the biotech crop and status of Bt eggplant adoption and experimentation including potential benefits in Bangladesh, India, and the Philippines.

Pocket K no 47: Biotechnology in Ornamental Plants
This new Pocket K, Biotechnology in Ornamental Plants, includes the different types of ornamental plants, the different uses of biotechnology in ornamental horticulture, and the major genetically modified ornamentals.

Brief 47: The Status of Commercialized Bt Brinjal in Bangladesh
ISAAA Brief 47 is a comprehensive report on the status of commercialized Bt brinjal in Bangladesh. Brief 47 presents a thorough review and analysis of the deregulation of Bt brinjal in Bangladesh – from the scientific and biosafety assessment and commercial release to the planting of Bt brinjal by farmers in Bangladesh.

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.

Biotechnology Information Directory

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A list of meetings, courses and workshops related to crop biotechnology world-wide.

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