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, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800Agri-biotech Global Market May Reach US$39.5B in 2022 global agricultural biotechnology market is projected to have a 10.1 percent compound annual growth rate from 2015 to 2022, which may reach US$39.5 billion by 2022. This is according to the report released by HTF Market Intelligence Consulting titled Agricultural Biotechnology – Global Market Outlook (2016-2022).The report analyzed the market t...Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800GlobalNew Method to Measure NPQ for Better Photosynthesis much sunlight is not good for plants. A team of scientists are proposing a way to measure how plants prevent burning out from too much exposure to the sun. The team from Michigan State University (MSU) led by Steffie Tietz from the lab of plant scientist David Kramer at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, has developed a new method that meas...Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800AmericasBrazil's CTNBio Approves New GM Soybean their August plenary meeting, the National Technical Biosafety Commission (CTNBio) of Brazil has approved a new variety of Bt soybean for planting, human consumption, and animal consumption. In addition to insect resistance, the genetically modified (GM) soybean has tolerance to three herbicides: glyphosate, glufosinate, and dichlorophenoxya...Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800AmericasUnlocking Planthoppers' Role in Rice Stripe Virus Reproduction conducted by the Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has discovered how a severe rice virus reproduces inside the small brown planthopper, a major carrier of the virus. Rice stripe virus (RSV) causes severe damages to rice crops yearly. Viral infections in animal hosts activate a pathway by which a type of enzyme,...Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificIndian Agricultural Economists Support GM Mustard Commercialization three (33) agricultural economics experts wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister of India to express their strong support for the commercialization of genetically modified (GM) mustard because of its potential benefits. "The opponents to commercialization criticize the regulatory process. The integrity of the regulatory process is paramo...Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificIndia's Environment Ministry Stresses Safety of GM Mustard environment ministry of India has told the Supreme Court that GM mustard has no herbicide tolerant trait and genetically modified crops have a proven history of safe use for more than 20 years. GM mustard was developed by renowned geneticist Deepak Pental (former vice-chancellor of Delhi University) and his team, with support from the National ...Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificBiologists Discover New Mechanisms of Protein Transport in Plant Cells led by Prof. Erika Isono from Konstanz University have discovered a previously unknown function of the SH3P2 protein, which has an important role in protein transport. Plasma membrane proteins that will be degraded are transported to the vacoule, the largest compartment in the plant cell. For this reason, the transport pathway of a prote...Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800EuropeGenetically Modified Multi-Nutrient Rice Offers Three Micronutrients Against Malnutrition group of researchers from ETH Zürich led by Navreet Bhullar and her PhD student Simrat Pal Singh have succeeded in genetically modifying a new rice variety that not only has increased levels of the micronutrients iron and zinc in the grains, but also produces beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A. The group's success was the engineering of a ge...Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800EuropeArabidopsis P3B Confers Temperature Stress Tolerance in Sweet Potato potato (Ipomoea batatas) is suitable for growth on marginal lands due to its abiotic stress tolerance. However, extreme environmental conditions, including low temperature, significantly affect its productivity. A team of researchers from Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Korea University of Science and Technology, Jia...Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800ResearchCoffee BDP Gene Affects Abiotic Stress Response of Transgenic Arabidopsis functions of plant-specific BURP domain-containing proteins (BDP) have been determined for a few plants, however, their roles in most plant species, including coffee (Coffea arabica), are unknown. Chonnam National University researchers studied the function of a C. arabica BDP, CaBDP1, using transgenic Arabidopsis plants.Initial analysis reveal...Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800ResearchCRISPR-Mediated Modification of TaEDR1 Homologs Enhances Powdery Mildew Resistance in Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) suffers significant yield losses due to powdery mildew, a major fungal disease caused by Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici (Bgt). The enhanced disease resistance1 (EDR1) gene plays a negative role in the defense response against powdery mildew in Arabidopsis thaliana, making EDR1 a target for improving resistance to powd...Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesUS FDA's Plan to Reduce Nicotine in Cigarettes Prompts Other Countries to Follow Suit Food and Drugs Administration (FDA)'s plans to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels has prompted the authorities in Canada, New Zealand, and UK to pursue their own nicotine reduction initiatives. "After FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb suggested mandating drastic cuts in nicotine levels, public-health experts in New Zealand last ...Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechPlant Genome Evolution 2017 Plant Genome Evolution 2017 Where: Meliá Sitges, Sitges (near Barcelona), SpainWhen: October 1-3, 2017For moredetails on program, registration, and speakers, visit the conference website....Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800Announcements3rd International Conference on Genetic and Protein Engineering 3rd International Conference on Genetic and Protein Engineering When: November 08-09, 2017Where: Las Vegas, USAFor more details, visit the conference website....Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800AnnouncementsISAAA Infographic: 17 Years of Media Reportage on Modern Biotech in the Philippines released a new infographic on the results of the study titled Seventeen Years of Media Reportage of Modern Biotechnology in the Philippines conducted by ISAAA and SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center. The study analyzed the trends in modern biotechnology reporting in major Philippine newspapers including Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Sta...Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0800Document Reminders