Biotech Information Centers Annual Meeting 2011 
Novel Educational Cartoon on Biotech Crops -"Mandy" & "Fanny 

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USDA Funds Late Blight Research Project 
Peru to Field Trial Transgenic Papaya 
Latin American Effort to Rejuvenate Crop Collections Rooted in the Origins of Agriculture 
US-EPA Approves Syngenta Corn Trait Stack Featuring Two Modes of Action for Above-Ground Insects 
Entomologists Study Potential Environmental Impact of Energy Crop 
Simpler Woodland Strawberry Genome Aids Research on More Complex Fruits 
Starch-Controlling Gene Fuels More Protein in Soybean Plants 

Asia and the Pacific
FZANZ Calls for Comment on Assessment Report for Food Derived from GM Soybean 
Pakistan Agricultural Scientists Urged to Initiate Productive Projects 
Australia to Release Climate Projections in 2014 

EFSA Holds Stakeholder Workshop on Draft Guidance for GM Plant Comparators 
Russia's PM Putin Orders Federal Biotech Program by May 

Benchmark Study on Glyphosate-resistant Crop Systems 
Assessment of the Impact of Bt Maize on Selected Non-target Coleoptera in Hungary 
Scientists Devise a Novel Strategy for Purification of Recombinant Proteins Expressed in Plants 

International Zinc Symposium to Look at Crop Production and Human Health 
2011 Ag Innovation Showcase 
ISU Symposium to Focus on Sustainability and Co-Existence Issues 
International Symposium: Plants as Biofactories 

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ISAAA's GM Approval Database 
Detection Methods Database 
GTECC Discussion Paper: Environmental Ethics as it Relates to Gene Technology in Australia 
Perceptions on the Holistic Assessment of Next-generation GM Crops 

Novel Educational Cartoon on Biotech Crops -"Mandy" & "Fanny

A novel educational cartoon featuring two characters, "Mandy" and "Fanny" is off the press. It illustrates the attributes of biotech/genetically modified (GM) crops, and discusses how they are gaining rapid adoption, increasing income and impacting the lives of millions of farmers and consumers worldwide. Mandy & Fanny: The Future of Sustainable Agriculture authored by Bhagirath Choudhary and Kadambini Gaur of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) South Asia Office narrates the story of two biotech crops, which have been grown in 29 countries on millions of hectares since 1996.

In only 15 years, subsequent to the first commercialization in 1996, the accumulated biotech crops hectarage exceeded an unprecedented 1 billion hectares in 2010 - a historical milestone which signifies that biotech crops have gained the confidence of millions of farmers and consumers worldwide and are here to stay.

The 60-page educational cartoon publication features a lively dialogue between Mandy (biotech maize) and Fanny (biotech cotton). Eye-catching frames presents factual messages about biotech crops as contributors to sustainable agriculture.

Dr. Clive James, Founder and Chairman of ISAAA commented that "Sharing knowledge with young people about the new technologies of the 21st century, such as biotech crops, is vital, because they will be the decision-makers of tomorrow. The educational cartoon illustrations will enhance the understanding of children and young people about the utility and safety of biotech crops, which represent an essential element in a global strategy that will contribute to food security and the alleviation of poverty in developing countries".


For more information, contact Bhagirath Choudhary at


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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