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, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800Researchers Develop Detailed Genetic Map of World Wheat Varieties State University scientists led by Eduard Akhunov have released the first haplotype map of wheat, providing detailed description of genetic differences in a worldwide sample of wheat lines. The study included 62 wheat lines from around the world that were either modern cultivars or varieties not previously improved through formal breeding te...Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800GlobalNew Bill to Protect Dev't of Crop Varieties in Rwanda bill was drafted by the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) supporting the development of new crop varieties in the country. According to Gervais Nkuriza Ngerero, Director General of RAB seed department, the bill is expected to protect plant varieties developed by Rwandan researchers. "Rwanda has developed iron rich bean varieties that it exports to s...Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800AfricaInitial Field Tests of Biotech Sugarcane Show Positive Results company Ceres reported that its biotech sugarcane traits have moved to the next stage of testing ahead of schedule because of the positive results from initial field assessments. The initial field trials were conducted in Latin America under tropical conditions. Elite varieties are currently being multiplied for wider-scale field trials s...Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasClimate Change Costing Soybean Farmers in the US study led by University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) professor and soybean specialist Shawn Conley reveals that even on a good year, soybean farmers in the United States are taking a great loss because of changes in weather patterns. In the last 20 years, a massive US$11 billion were lost due to such changes. The loss has been hidden by annu...Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasWitnesses Support GM Crops at House Committee on Agri Hearing the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture's public hearing on March 24, 2015 in Washington, D.C., all six witnesses argued against the mandatory labeling of GM food products. Most of the witnesses testified that GM crops provide benefits to farmers. They also enumerated the costs that labeling would add to the expenses of farmers, manufacturer...Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasGenetically Engineering Photosynthesis to Secure Food Production is an important physiological process in plants due to its food production ability. A study by University of Illinois and CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, Shanghai, suggested that photosynthesis can play a key role in increasing the yield potential of a plant. Hence, improving a plant's photosynthetic efficiency c...Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasABCA Releases GM Guide at Parliament House Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) released the 2nd edition of The Official Australian Reference Guide to Agricultural Biotechnology and GM Crops during the 15th annual Science Meets Parliament event in Canberra, Australia. The updated publication contains factual information on biotech crops based on scientific evidence. It...Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificResearchers Discover Way to Manipulate Genes for Abiotic Stresses Australia, researchers have discovered ‘switcher' genes, a microRNA mechanism that controls whether a cell destroys or represses the mRNA molecules in plants. With the discovery, the team will be able to manipulate these, allowing them to boost an organism's environmental adaptation. Their results come from years of research on Arabidopsis to re...Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificFilipino Farmers Eager for Bt Eggplant Commercialization 100 farmers from different towns in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines, as well as local agriculture officers, faculty, students, and staff of the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) were enlightened on the science, safety, and potential benefits of the fruit and shoot borer resistant Bt eggplant developed by the Un...Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificScientists Discover Plant Defense Against Potato Late Blight from Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich (United Kingdom) identified a gene that enhances resistance against potato late blight from a South American wild relative of cultivated potatoes. Potato blight, caused by Phytophthora infestans, triggered the Irish famine, and remains a major threat to ...Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800EuropeProtein Involved in Root Structure Identified study made by a team of researchers led by Atsuko Kinshita from RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource led to the identification of a protein necessary in controlling root structure and is important in plant cell signaling pathway. This was done by closely examining the mutant Arabidopsis thaliana. The mutant A. thaliana is lacking plant U-box E3 ...Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800ResearchGenome-Editing in Pigs Now Possible research development in pigs was conducted by University of Maryland (UM) researchers. They were able to produce 18 genome-edited piglets using a revolutionary technology they developed. This was done by applying the target and replace/modify function also known as CSIPR method. CSIPR method was observed in the bacteria's natural system to gain p...Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechInternational Conference on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology & Environmental Engineering International Conference on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Environmental Engineering When: April 22-23, 2015 Where: Bangkok, ThailandMore details are available at the conference website....Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800AnnouncementsNew Pocket K on Adoption and Uptake Pathways of Biotech Crops K No. 49 Adoption and Uptake Pathways of Biotech Crops by Small-scale Farmers in China, India and the Philippines is now available at Pocket Ks are Pockets of Knowledge, packaged information about crop biotechnology products and related issues. It is developed by the Global ...Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800Document RemindersJapanese Farmers Sign Petition in Support of Biotech Crops 50 farmers in the Japanese cities of Iwamizawa and Kitami in the island of Hokkaido signed a petition to support biotech/GM crops, their field trials, and cultivation, in two separate fora on March 26 and 27, respectively. Farmers were initially briefed on biotech crops, their benefits and potentials in the country and the Philippine experienc...Wed, 1 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800From the BICs