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, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800Africa's Biosafety Agencies Seek to Harmonize Approaches to Regulatory Systems Association of National Biosafety Agencies in Africa (ANBAA) held its first African Biosafety Leadership Summit on August 15 and 16, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. The summit brought together over eighty delegates from local, regional and international organizations involved in biosafety. According to a joint communique, ANBAA committed to work toward...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800AfricaAfrican Countries Strive to Meet Int'l Biosafety Obligations and representatives from biosafety authorities gathered for the 5th Annual Biosafety Conference held on August 15-18, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of the conference was "Strengthening global, regional, national collaboration, partnerships and capacity towards meeting international obligations in Biosafety."During the opening c...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800AfricaPhotosynthesis Discovery in Wheat to Yield Faster Growing Crops research team led by Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation researcher Professor Robert Henry has discovered that photosynthesis occurs in wheat seeds as well as in plant leaves. The research characterized a previously unknown photosynthetic C4 pathway in the seeds of wheat – which is not a C4 plant. Professor Henry said the team...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificAustralia's OGTR Receives Application for Field Trials of Biotech Cotton Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) of Australia announced that they have received a license application from Monsanto for field trial biotech cotton (DIR 147) with insect resistance and herbicide tolerance traits. According to the application, the trial is proposed to be conducted from March 2017 to July 2021 in 50 sites each year. ...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificMurdoch University Researchers Increase Wheat Protein to More than 14% at Murdoch University in Australia have increased the protein content of wheat to more than 14 percent in a new high-yielding variety. Dr. Ian Edwards, adjunct professor and head of wheat research project at the Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (SABC) said that increasing the protein yield of Australian crops w...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificEuropean Seed Association Asks EU to Recognize Role of Plant Breeding in Addressing Societal Challenges European Seed Association (ESA), on behalf of the European plant breeding and seed sector, responded to an online consultation on the work programme 2018-2020 of Horizon2020. ESA underlined the priorities for the European plant breeding and seed industry, asking the Commission to recognize the important role of the sector in addressing societal...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800EuropeEFSA Publishes Public Opinion for Market Release of Pioneer GM Soybean Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority (GMO Panel) has published the Scientific Opinion on an application submitted by Pioneer for the placing on the market of the herbicide tolerant, high oleic acid, genetically modified soybean 305423 × 40-3-2 for food and feed uses, import and processing under Regulatio...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800EuropeCIP Develops Marker-free PLRV Resistant Potato leaf roll virus (PLRV) is one of the most prevalent pathogens of potato, causing serious economic yield losses globally. Producers control PLRV by using certified seeds and by applying insecticides. However, these practices are costly and such products are not always available to small-scale farmers. Thus, scientists from the International P...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800ResearchResearchers Map QTL for Dwarf Architecture in Oilseed Rape there have been many achievements in oilseed rape (Brassica napus) breeding, searching for new materials conferring efficient plant types and higher yields is still important. The team of Yankun Wang, Wenjing Chen and Pu Chu from Nanjing Agricultural University in China studied a new dwarf architecture with down-curved leaf mutant, Bndwf/d...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800ResearchSwiss Academies: Strict Regulations Not Necessary for NBTs Swiss Academies of Sciences released a new fact sheet on New Breeding Technologies for Swiss Agriculture - Significant Potential, Uncertain Future. According to the Swiss Academies, there is no reason for a strict regulation of plants bred through new plant breeding techniques. This conclusion is similar to the statements of other scientific ac...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesBroad Virus Resistance in Cucumber Developed using CRISPR editing in plants has advanced due to the development of CRISPR/Cas9 technology. Jeyabharathy Chandrasekaran, together with other researchers from the Volcani Center in Israel, present the development of virus resistance in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) using Cas9/subgenomic RNA (sgRNA) technology to disrupt the function of the recessive eIF...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesIdentification of Candidate Genes for Calanolide Synthesis in Santa Maria Tree Maria (Calophyllum brasiliense) is an important source of calanolides, which inhibit the reverse transcriptase of human immunodeficiency virus type 1. Despite its great medicinal importance, enzymes involved in calanolide as well as its biosynthetic pathway are still unknown.Hilda-Beatriz Gómez-Robledo from Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico and c...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechMOOC: Science and Politics of the GMO University offers a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Science and Politics of GMO at Participants will learn about the basics of genetic engineering and biotechnology, and the politics surrounding the technology. The MOOC aims to give participants critical thinking and scientific literacy tools necessary to make informe...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800AnnouncementsIUMS Congresses 2017 IUMS Congresses 2017, organized by the Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology (SSMB) will bring together three Congresses: * 15th International Congress of Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology, * 15th International Congress of Mycology and Eukaryotic Microbiology, and * 17th International Congress of Virology.Where: Marina B...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800AnnouncementsBiotech Country Facts and Trends releases the second batch in the revised series Biotech Country Facts and Trends. This set features the five developing biotech countries of Pakistan, South Africa, Uruguay, Boliva and Philippines. Biotech Country Facts and Trends are concise summaries highlighting the commercialization of biotech crops in specific countries. Data on biotech ...Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:00 +0800Document Reminders