Crop Biotech Update weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA).en-usWed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Scientists Expect Better Acceptance for Genetically Edited Fruit Crops editing of fruits and other crops could be the way to go in biotech progress, that is according to an article published in Trends in Biotechnology on August 13, 2014. According to Chidananda Nagamangala Kanchiswamy of Agrario San Michele in Italy, one of the authors of the article, genetically edited organisms (GEOs) do not have inserted ge...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800GlobalBreeders Bill to Protect Local Ghanaian Plant Breeders in Ghana are urging the public to support the plant breeder's bill. This was shared at a science workshop for journalists held on August 17, 2014 in Kumasi, Northern Ghana. Dr. Stephen Amoah, a research scientist of the Crop Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) described the Plant Breeders...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800AfricaStatistics Predicts Hybrid Rice Performance research team led by plant geneticists at the University of California Riverside in the United States and Huazhong Agricultural University in China has used quantitative genetics to predict the performance of hybrid rice. The team used a statistical approach called genomic prediction to predict the value of economically important traits in plants...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasVirginia Tech Scientist Discovers Inter-organism Communication at Molecular Level at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University led by Jim Westwood are exploring a new arena of science: inter-organism communication at the molecular level. This gives a new insight on finding ways to fight parasitic weeds that affects crop production globally. Westwood examined the relationship between a parasitic plant, dodde...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasSoybean Farmers Call for Faster GM Crop Approval Process American Soybean Association has teamed up with the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) to organize a forum that aims to communicate the need for a quicker and more science-based process for biotech crop approval. The event, held in Washington, D.C., last week, was attended by more than 100 farmers, researchers and agricultural group leaders. "I...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasAustralia Conducts World's Largest Chickpea Experiment on Drought Resistance from the University of Western Australia (UWA)'s Institute of Agriculture are conducting the world's largest chickpea experiment on drought resistance. The project, led by Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique aims to understand how chickpea adapts to terminal drought, experienced in most seasons in southern Australia. Based on results fr...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificTGAC Releases Genome Sequence of Soil Bacterium Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), together with the Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto (UNRC), Instituto de Agrobiotecnologica Rossario (INDEAR), and other European partners, have completed the genome sequence of a model strain of the soil bacterium Azospirillum brasilense. The soil bacterium, isolated from wheat roots in the central region of Arg...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800EuropeGM Isn't Scary, According to New SOFHT Chairman Lacey, new chairman of the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) said in a recent interview that genetically modified (GM) foods should not be scary, and that the benefits of GM foods outweighed the arguments against it. "It shouldn't be scary, there's got to be an illustration of the benefits of GM to consumers. Consumers want the ch...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800EuropeCbl Gene Product in Transgenic Tobacco Does Not Cause Allergies, the Calcineurin B-like (cbl) gene was inserted in tobacco (Nicotiana tabbacum) to render it salt tolerant. A team led by Premendra Dwivedi of CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research assessed the allergenic potential of the cbl gene product and compared its effects to wild-types (WT).Analysis revealed no significant similarities betw...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchExpression of Hrip1 from Alternaria tenuissima Enhances Stress Tolerance in Arabidopsis 1 is a kind of hypersensitive response inducing protein from Alternaria tenuissima used in tobacco to activate its defense response and systemic resistance. Researchers from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science studied the role of the protein Hrip 1 in the abiotic and biotic stress in transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana. Results show an improve...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchMutant Arabidopsis Exhibits Aphid Resistance through Overexpression of the SKS13 Gene plants activate defenses against aphids by changing the expression of specific genes. Previous studies revealed a mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana that hindered the development of the aphid Myzus persicae. Ben Vosman from Wageningen UR in Netherlands, and his team further characterized this mutant to identify what reduced the performance of M. p...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchMechanism of Necrosis Caused by Stagonospora nodorum in Wheat Explained fungus Stagonospora nodorum causes necrosis in wheat by secreting effector protein SnTox3 which interacts with proteins set by dominant susceptibility genes. Scientists, led by Peter S. Solomon from The Australian National University, have discovered the mechanism of this effector through a susceptible wheat cultivar.SnTox3 strongly induced cla...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchScientists Develop GE Fruit Flies to Save Crops at the University of East Anglia and Oxitec Ltd. have developed a genetic technique to control populations of Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly), a notorious plant pest causing extreme damage over 300 types of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Medflies are currently controlled by using insecticides, baited traps, biological control, and relea...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechAdvances in Plant Genomics 2014 Advances in Plant Genomics 2014 (APG, Online Event)When: October 7-8, 2014A pioneering new platform specially developed for scientific events will be used during APG 2014. The event can be accessed using personal computers, tablets, and mobile devices. During the event, hot topics in plant genomics will be addressed in a webinar-style auditor...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800AnnouncementsUpdated Pocket Ks on Biotechnology Now Available versions of the following Pocket Ks are now available for download: * Contribution of GM Technology to the Livestock Sector * Delayed Ripening Technology * Genetic Engineering and GM Crops * Communicating Crop Biotechnology * Documented Benefits of GM Crops The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications' (ISA...Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Document Reminders