Crop Biotech Update
January 18, 2017
• International Research Team Develops Much Needed Genetic Resource in Improving Wheat Varieties
• Bibliotheca Alexendrina Holds Workshop on Ethics in Gene Editing
• USDA Deregulates GE Creeping Bent Grass
• ORNL Researchers Release Largest Poplar SNP Dataset
• White House Announces 2017 Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology
Asia and the Pacific
• Punjab Agri Minister Visits Biotech Corn Field
• BARI Scientists Apply for Commercial Release of GE Potato in Bangladesh
• EFSA Publishes Scientific Opinion for Renewal of Application for GM Maize 1507
• Scientists Conduct Functional Characterization of Powdery Mildew Susceptibility Gene in Eggplant
• OsNAC6 Rice Transcription Factor Regulates Multiple Drought Tolerance Pathways
New Breeding Technologies
• Enhancement of Fatty Acid Composition in Camelina using CRISPR/Cas9
• Researchers Discover Off-Switch to CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing System
Beyond Crop Biotech
• Study Details Structure of Immature Zika Virus
• Researchers Crack Arabica Coffee Genome
• 2nd International Conference on BioScience and Biotechnology
Crop Biotech Update: Special Editions
BEIJING (13 Apr 2015) — Since 1996, 2 billon hectares of arable land – a massive area more than twice the landmass of China or the United States – have been planted with biotech crops. Additionally, it is estimated that farmers in up to 28 countries have reaped more than US$150 billion in benefits from biotech crops since 1996. This has helped alleviate poverty for up to 16.5 million small farmers and their families annually totaling about 65 million people, who are some of the poorest people in the world.
“More farmers are planting biotech crops in developing countries precisely because biotech crops are a rigorously-tested option for improving crop yields,” said Clive James, founder and emeritus chair of ISAAA, who has authored the ISAAA report for the past two decades. “Despite claims from opponents that biotechnology only benefits farmers in industrialized countries, the continued adoption of the technology in developing countries disproves that” James added.
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December 1, 2016
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Chinese - December 21, 2016
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Bahasa Indonesia - December 21, 2016
Korean - August 10, 2016
January 18, 2017
News and Trends
• Thai Firm to Produce Cassava-based Ethanol
• Japanese Firm Plans to Build One of the World's Largest Bagasse Processing Plants
• New York Governor to Lead NY Back To Hemp Production
Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production
• Researchers Study Traits of Field-Grown COMT-Downregulated Switchgrass
• Neste and Bioenergy La Tuque Team Up to Evaluate Forest Residue for Biofuel Production
• Filipino Students Produce Bioethanol from Taro
Research and Development
• Aberystwyth University Graduate Student Converts Diapers into Biofuel
• Researchers Engineer Ashbya gossypii for the Production of Microbial Oils
What do farmers from around the globe say about biotech crops? ISAAA answered this question by compiling farmers'''' testimonies on biotech crops and presented them in cartoons.
Pocket K No. 53: Anti-allergy Biotech Crops
Pocket K on Anti-allergy Biotech Crops presents how GM crops tested for allergens and how biotechnology applications are used to remove allergens in food crops.
WATCH: Benefits of Countries from Adopting and Importing GM Crops
The video presents the viewpoints of biotech experts and stakeholders from different adopting countries such as Burkina Faso, Brazil, South Africa, and China.
Infographic: Approved Transgenic Plant Events, 1992-2016
A new infographic featuring the number of GM plant events based on the GM Approval Database.
Pocket K No. 52: Marine Biotechnology
Biotechnological applications can be used to harness the potential of the marine environment for human benefit and fundamental biological progress. Know more about marine biotechnology in the latest Pocket K.
Where are Biotech Crops Grown in the World?
The infographic contains information about the 28 countries that planted biotech crops in 2015, based on ISAAA Brief 51: 20th Anniversary (1996 to 2015) of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015.
Biotech Country 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.
Addressing Biotech Critics
ISAAA releases its latest short video (6 minutes) capturing the viewpoints of biotech experts and stakeholders from different countries on how to properly address biotech critics.
Beyond Promises: Top 10 Facts about Biotech/GM Crops in Their First 20 Years, 1996 to 2015
A visual presentation of the 10 important highlights about biotech crops from 1996 to 2015, taken from the 20th Anniversary of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops (1996 to 2015) and Biotech Crop HIghlights in 2015, authored by Clive James.
Updated Pocket K on Biotech Crop Highlights
The updated version of ISAAA Pocket K No. 16 based on 20th Anniversary (1996 to 2015) of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015 authored by Dr. Clive James is now available
Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2015
Since 1996, 2 billon hectares of arable land – a massive area more than twice the landmass of China or the United States – have been planted with biotech crops. Additionally, it is estimated that farmers in up to 28 countries have reaped more than US$150 billion in benefits from biotech crops since 1996. This has helped alleviate poverty for up to 16.5 million small farmers and their families annually totaling about 65 million people, who are some of the poorest people in the world.
WATCH: Issues and Challenges in Crop Biotechnology
A collection of views and personal experiences of eminent scientists, regulators and communicators from 11 countries, in dealing with various issues and challenges in the adoption and acceptance of biotechnology and biotech crops.
ISAAA in 2015
ISAAA releases annual report in 2015. The report features the efforts and accomplishments of ISAAA for 2015 as its contribution for the global populace. ISAAA continues to feed the world with knowledge, strengthen skills, and unify voices with the hope that crop biotechnology will provide solutions to the most pressing needs of farmers, consumers, and the whole community.
ISAAA Infographic: 19 Years of Biotech Crops in the World
A map infographic showing the countries that are planting and importing biotech crops. In the last 19 years, more than 60 developed and developing countries have either planted or imported biotech crops. Twenty-eight countries planted, and 39 more imported biotech crops in 2014.
Pocket No. 51 Coexistence of Biotech and Non-biotech Crops
This Pocket K includes case studies showing that simultaneous planting of biotech and non-biotech crops in contiguous location is possible, following proper guidelines such as scheduling of flowering time and setting buffer distance between farms. The U.S. and E.U. experiences in developing coexistence guidelines were also discussed.
Search thru over 500 links to research institutes, universities, companies, sources of biotech information and other directories specific to agricultural biotechnology and related fields.
A list of meetings, courses and workshops related to crop biotechnology world-wide.