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 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800Ten Lessons from Biotechnology Experiences in Developing Countries Asian Biotechnology and Development Review has published an article, "Ten Lessons from Biotechnology Experiences in Crops, Livestock, and Fish for Smallholders in Developing Countries." Written by James D. Dargie, John Ruane, and Andrea Sonnino, the article is a project by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The ...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800GlobalPeanut Gets an Upgrade Against Drought and Salinity (Arachis hypogaea L.) is one of the economically important oil and food crops. Peanut is generally grown across a wide range of environments including rain-fed conditions. Because of this, drought is a main limiting factor to peanut production in the semi-arid areas. The development of salinity and drought stress-tolerant peanut to exploit t...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800GlobalObama's Clear Endorsement of Agricultural Biotechnology dedication of Dr. Norman Borlaug's statue in the U.S. Capitol on March 25, 2014 not only highlighted his accomplishments in feeding the world, it also prompted the President of the United States to give his clearest endorsement to date on the important role of biotechnology in agriculture. In a letter dated April 11, 2014 to Julie Borlaug, Pres...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasCornell University Researcher Confirms Bangladesh Bt Eggplant Farms Free of Pest Damage University Professor of Entomology Tony Shelton visited Haidul Islam's Bt brinjal farm in Gazipur District, Bangladesh on 9 April 2014. The said farm was alleged to be attacked by insects, and lost 25-30 percent of the plants, with the remaining crops struggling for survival, and the owner Haidul Islam spraying more insecticides. Shelton fo...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasWheat's Wild Ancestors Give Clue to Ug99 Resistance from US Department of Agriculture (USDA) studied the genes of ancient grasses and found a gene that could save wheat from Ug99 (Puccina graminis), a notorious type of stem rust that keeps on evolving. USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Matt Rouse and colleagues studied a variety of ancient grasses such as einkorn wheat, e...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasFilamentous Fungus may Effectively Control Sugarcane Nematodes nematodes are one of the major pests of sugarcane. One of these destructive nematodes is the Criconemoides sp. They can only be controlled with the application of highly toxic chemicals which are mostly discouraged due to their undesirable secondary effects such as high costs as well as environmental and health hazards. Because of th...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasPhilippine Genome Center Accelerates Genomics Research through New Bioinformatics Facility Philippine Genome Center (PGC) of the University of the Philippines (UP) officially opened its Core Facility for Bioinformatics (CFB) last 14 April 2014. The event was highlighted with the ground-breaking ceremony for the new PGC building at UP Diliman and a scientific symposium. PGC is a multidisciplinary institution that combines basic and ap...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificSweet Potato Biotechnology in China potato (Ipomoea batatas) is an important food and industrial crop throughout the world. It is an alternative source of raw materials for biofuel production. China is the biggest sweet potato producer in the world. Thus, several researches were conducted to improved sweet potato through biotechnology.China has been using an efficient system of...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificPakistani Government will Defeat the Food Challenges, Says Minister Minister for National Food Security and Research (NFS&R), Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan said during the meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) of Pakistan Agricultural Council (PARC), that the Government is devoted to bring out the nation from the current food-related challenges. The Federal minister also praised the council for playing a...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificBiotech Jute Set for GEAC Approval in India seems to have another commercialized biotech crop soon, and it would not be Bt brinjal but genetically modified jute developed by scientists in University of Calcutta. According to Swapan K. Datta, Deputy Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the documentation of GM jute is ready to be sent for commercial approva...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificAustralia and Pakistan Collaborates in Agriculture High Commissioner Peter Heyward in a meeting with Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) President Engineer Sohail Lashari said on April 11 that Pakistan and Australia are authentic partners in agriculture sector since Pakistan has a prosperous agriculture tradition while Australia is world leader in agriculture research and inno...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificSugar Reponsible for Plant Growth University of Queensland (UQ) study has overturned the long-held belief that plant hormones control plant growth, and shown instead that this process starts with sugar. Led by Prof. Christine Beveridge of UQ's School of Biological Sciences, the research team found that shoot growth occurs when a high concentration of simple sugar (table sugar) - ...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificPlant Biotech for Sustainable Pharmaceutical Compounds biotechnology has made possible the groundbreaking discoveries of scientists working in the European Smartcell project to improve the efficiency of phamaceuticals production. Biotechnological production offers a cost-effective and environment-friendly alternative to chemical synthesis of rare and complex pharmaceutical compounds currently iso...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800EuropeWarwick Scientists Explain How Plants Control Embryo Growth and Development of Warwick scientists reported in the journal Science the first evidence that plants have evolved ways to control embryo growth and development by emitting information from surrounding cells. Dr. Jose Gutierrez-Marcos from Warwick's School of Life Sciences discovered that female sex cells and the placenta-like endosperm in plant seeds tr...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800EuropePunctured-hypocotyl Method of Agrobacterium-mediated Transformation productivity has always been constrained because of abiotic stresses. Transgenic tomatoes are presently being developed to minimize these losses due to abiotic stresses. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation is the most common approach to producing transgenic tomato. However, the effectiveness of the present methods were limited to only a fe...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchDrought-Induced AtCBF4 Improves Transgenic Maize gene, derived from Arabidopsis thaliana, is a homolog of the DREB1 transcription factors. It has an important role in the plant's drought stress response. There are four members of the CBF family, which areresponsible for the plants' response to abiotic stresses. The first three genes, CBF1, CBF2 and CBF3, are essential for low temperature r...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchEnhancing Recombinant Protein Production of CHO Cells through Over-expression of miR-17 production of therapeutic proteins plays an important role in advanced medical care and most of these proteins are produced from Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. Several successful genetic engineering approaches have been done to enhance CHO cell performance in terms of protein secretion and production. Aside from engineering the expr...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechABIC Foundation Accepts Travel Bursary Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC) Foundation is accepting applications for a travel bursary for the forthcoming ABIC 2014 Conference to be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada from October 5 8, 2014. ABIC is the premier global meeting which promotes innovation in bioscience to ensure sustainable food, feed, fibre, ...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800AnnouncementsISAAA Releases Bt Brinjal Video "The Story of Bt Brinjal in India" releases latest videos 24 minutes video The Story of Bt Brinjal in India and shorter 7 minutes video Bt Brinjal: Safer, Better and Affordable. The Story of Bt Brinjal in India documents the process of development, deregulation, demand and debate on Bt brinjal (eggplant/aubergine) in India. The experts objectively answer key societal concern...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800AnnouncementsHighlights of ISAAA Brief 46 in Four Videos Brief 46: Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops for 2013 is summarized and presented in four videos. Dr. Clive James, author of the 2013 Report gives the whole overview of the Report in a 10 minute video Highlights of the 2013 Report available at; a 4.5 minute...Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0800Document Reminders