Crop Biotech Update
February 22, 2017
• Climate-smart Rice Helps Farmers Face Climate Change
• Public learns about GMOs at ‘Harvest Money' Expo in Uganda
Asia and the Pacific
• Australian OGTR Approves Field Trial of GM Potato
• Downregulation of BnDA1 Improves Seed Weight and Organ Size in Oilseed Rape
• Overexpression of Wheat Gene TaOEP16-2-5B Enhances Heat and Drought Tolerance in Arabidopsis
New Breeding Technologies
• Development of Targeted Mutant Rice using the CRISPR-Cpf1 System
• USPTO Releases Verdict on CRISPR Patent
• Fat Content in Soybean Oil Modified with CRISPR-Cpf1
Beyond Crop Biotech
• Penicillin Production in Penicillium chrysogenum is not Dependent on the Number of Synthesis Genes
• The GMO MOOC is Back!
• MSU Training Program on IPR and Technology Commercialization
• IPBO-VIB-UGent Course "Modern Breeding Techniques of Maize"
• New ISAAA Board Game: #BiotechisCool
• New Communication Materials from Cornell Alliance for Science
From the BICs
• Helsinki and Cairo Universities Collaborate to Advance Science
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
Arabic - December 14, 2016
Chinese - January 18, 2017
Thai - January 25, 2017
Bangla - January 1, 2017
Chinese-Traditional - January 18, 2017
Japanese - February 1, 2017
Bahasa Indonesia - December 21, 2016
Korean - August 10, 2016
February 15, 2017
News and Trends
• Sweden Plans to be Carbon-Neutral by 2045
• Caffè Nero Partners with Bio-bean to Turn Coffee Waste into Bioenergy
Energy Crops and Feedstocks for Biofuels Production
• WIU Researcher Aims to Improve Pennycress Through Gene Editing
• Cultivation and Harvesting of Microalgae using Thermoreversible Sol-Gel Transition
• Researchers Develop Scheme to Turn Bamboo into High-grade Dissolving Pulp and Ethanol
Research and Development
• Development of Low-cost Cellulase Production Process using Trichoderma reesei
• MIT Engineers Modify Yeast to Make it More Efficient in Biodieasel Production
• PNNL Researchers Evaluate Algae to Find the Best Biofuel
ISAAA releases its first printable board game on biotechnology! The new material is called #BiotechisCool, which highlights the fun facts on crop biotechnology such as the wonder bacterium and gene gun used for modifying crops and what farmers say about planting biotech crops.
ISAAA in 2016
ISAAA in 2016 summarizes the efforts of ISAAA to bring the benefits of biotechnology to the world, especially in the developing nations.
Biotech Conversations: Real Farmers from Around the World Talk About Biotech
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.
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.