Roundtable Meet Focuses on Building Climate-Resilient Rainfed Agriculture 

Kenya Biosafety Regulation Published 
AATF Receives US$ 1 Million Boost for Agricultural Technology in Africa 

Coexistence is not Only Possible, but Necessary 
Genome Mapping Reveals Developmental and Environmental Impacts 
Carnegie Scientists Discover a New Component of a Plant Steroid-activated Pathway 
Partnership Provides Incentives to Sorghum 
USDA Scientists Study Pest-Fighting Potential of Plant Pigments 

Asia and the Pacific
Singapore Scientists Get Support in Rice Research for Food Security 
Communication Strategies for the Acceptance and Adoption of Biotech Crops in the Asian Region 
Experts: Biotech Crops are Compatible with Other Resistance Management Strategies 
Vietnam to Grow Genetically Modified Corn 
Seminar and Visit of GM Corn Field Trial in Vinh Phuc Province 
Plant Proteins to Help Solve Global Challenges 

Ruscoe: UK Should Take the Lead Again in GM Technology 

Overexpression of TaNHX2 Enhances Salt Tolerance of Transgenic Soybean 
Research Reveals New Insight on Responses of Corn Hybrids to Seeding Rates 
Scientists Conduct Developmental Studies of Bt Maize Effects on African Stem Borer 

Korea International Agriculture Expo 2011 in Jinju City 
International Symposium on Minor Fruits and Medicinal Plants for Health and Ecological Security 
Biotech Fruit 2012 
Agricultural Gene-Flow Workshop in September 
11th Asian Maize Conference 
BioMalaysia 2010 

Document Reminders
Brazil's Agricultural Biotechnology Annual Report 
South African Biotechnology Annual Report 

Coexistence is not Only Possible, but Necessary

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recognized the increasing concerns on coexistence among different agricultural technologies. To address this, three resources were developed that include a paper on ‘Existing U.S Seed Industry Production Practices that Address Coexistence', ASTA's principles about the practice of coexistence in the seed industry, and a Guide to Seed Quality Management.

"Pulling together these resources has been a priority for ASTA during the past year," says Andy LaVigne, ASTA president and chief executive officer. "The seed industry has been practicing coexistence for many years and with the changing agricultural landscape, the necessity for cooperation between producers of varying production methods within close proximity continues to rise." Further, she added that, "It is important that agriculture community understands that there are mechanisms being used to help foster coexistence, helping each farmer – no matter the production method – get the most value out of their chosen crop."

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