Partners Cooperate on Food Security Issues 
Jose Graziano da Silva of Brazil Elected FAO Director-General 
Annan Warns Hunger Could Become Permanent Disaster 

Scientists: Stem Rust Resistant Wheat Could Be Unveiled Soon 
Ghana Biosafety Bill Passed into Law 

Uruguay's CGR approved Five Maize Biotech Events 
Canola Biodiesel Reaches Milestone 
U.S. Subcommittee Highlights Importance of Agribiotech to Feed the Growing Population 
Soybean Event MON87701 Safe for Livestock Feed, Says CFIA 
Improving Food Safety of Potato Varieties 
USDA Announces Decision to Deregulate Genetically Engineered Corn Seed 

Asia and the Pacific
India Paying High Cost by Not Adopting GM Crops 
China Ratifies 7 GM Crops 
Congress on Genetic Engineering, Food Security, and Sustainable Development Concluded in Iran. 
China Discusses Importance of Biotechnology 
Scientific Research Essential for Agriculture in Vietnam 
Workshop on Socio-Cultural Consideration, Biosafety, Biotechnology and Decision-making in Indonesia 
Biotech Netmapping Workshop for Policymakers in Indonesia Concluded 
The Asia-Pacific Region Needs "New Agriculture" 

Global Plant Database Set to Promote Biodiversity Research and Earth-System Sciences 
EU Adopts Regulation Harmonizing Controls for Non-authorized GM Material in Feed 

Scientists Reveal the Effects of Bt Crops on Spiders 
Expression Green Fluorescent Protein and Cry1Ac in Transgenic Brassica spp. 
Mutations in Phytoene Synthase 1 Gene Alters Carotenoid Production 

2012 World Potato Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland 

Document Reminders
FAO Book on "Biotechnologies for Agricultural Development" 
FAO Biosafety Resource Book 

China Discusses Importance of Biotechnology

"Biotechnology is one of the most promising and dynamic areas of science and technology. Every step forward for biotechnology will have a far-reaching influence on human health, economy, and social development. The Chinese Government is willing to join hands with other countries to promote biotechnology and bio-industry." This was forwarded by the State Councilor of China, Liu Yandong during the opening ceremony of the 2011 International Conference for Bioeconomy (BioEco). The event sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology, P.R. China and Tianjin Municipal People's Government was held in Tianjin, China on June 26-28, 2011.

Liu also stated that biotechnology should be well-applied in agriculture, life and health, disaster prevention and climate change mitigation, environmental protection and other fields. Mr. Percy Misika, FAO Resident Representative in China, appreciated the active promotion of biotechnology by the Chinese government. He noted that biotechnology is playing an important role in meeting the increasing demand for food and energy. With the theme ''Develop Bioeconomy, Improve People's Livelihood'',  the conference attracted more than 150 speakers and 1200 participants from all over the world.

See conference details at or contact Prof. Hongxiang Zhang from the China Biotechnology Information Center 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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