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, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800Golden Rice Project Wins Patents for Humanity Award 2015 White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) bestow the 2015 Patents for Humanity Award to the Golden Rice Project. The award is given to patent owners working to bring life-saving technologies to the underserved people of the world in the fields of medicine, sanitation, household...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800GlobalISAAA's Network Meeting Strengthens Global Biotech Information Sharing's Network of Biotechnology Information Centers (BICs) held its 15th Annual Meeting at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 15-16, 2015. The meeting brought together 29 member representatives from 10 countries in Burkina Faso, East and Central Africa, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, and Uganda.ISAAA...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800GlobalKenya is Prepared to Regulate GM Crops Says Scientists has biotech machinery, human capacity, and effective mechanism to regulate biotech crops, according to Kenya University Biotechnology Consortium Secretary General Joel Ochieng. Dr. Ochieng, who is also a senior researcher at the University of Nairobi, explained that four regulations that implement the Biosafety Act have been gazetted to guara...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800AfricaNigeria Signs Biosafety Law, Joins League of Biotech Countries has joined the league of biotechnology countries when President Goodluck Jonathan signed the National Biosafety Agency Bill on Monday, April 21, 2015. In the news release signed by the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Biotechnology Development Agency, Prof. Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu said that the National Biosafety Act ...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800AfricaGeneticist Improves Potato Using Molecular Scissors of Minnesota geneticist Dan Voytas developed Ranger Russet potato using gene editing. Ranger Russet does not accumulate sweet sugars in cold temperatures, prolonging its shelf life. At the same time, it produces lesser amount of acrylamide when fried.Gene editing is a new technique in altering DNA using artificially engineered nucleases ...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasBacteria Tracked Feeding Nitrogen to Nutrient-Starved Plants is an important element for plant growth and abundant in the atmosphere, but is often absent in heavily farmed land. Scientists have looked for ways to safely and sustainably transfer nitrogen into the soil, and found that nitrogen-eating bacteria may be the answer. An international team of researchers, including scientists from the U.S. D...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasUpland Cotton Genome Decoded cotton is one of the most important crops in the fiber industry. Developing new varieties of upland cotton poses challenges due to the crop's complexity. In a study conducted by an international team led by Tianzhen Zhang from Nanjing Agricultural University in China, the genome sequence of upland cotton was drafted.The draft sequence of upl...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificAgri Minister Calls on South Australia to Lift Moratorium on GM Crops Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has urged South Australia to lift its moratorium on biotech crops. Speaking during a dinner for agri-business leaders in Adelaide, Joyce stressed that it was about time for South Australia to make that decision. If not, Darwin will overtake Adelaide as the major city in central Australia. "It's a tale of t...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificHokkaido Farmers Association Petitions GM Crops Field Testing petition to conduct field trials of GM crops in Hokkaido, Japan was submitted to the Local Independent Administrative Agent of Hokkaido Research Organization.In the last 19 years adoption of GM crops is a hot subject among farmers and consumers in the country, especially in Hokkaido where agriculture is the most important industry. However, farme...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificScientists Reveal Nutrient Transporter Patterns in Plants at John Innes Centre and University of Tokyo released the results of their study that challenged the current understanding of how plants absorb nutrients through their roots. It has been a general knowledge that nutrients are transported from the roots to the other parts of the plant, wherein the roots act like simple sponges. However, t...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800EuropeGM Sweet Potato Occurs Naturally potatoes from all over the world naturally contain genes from Agrobacterium, according to researchers from the University of Ghent and the International Potato Institute (CIP) in their study published at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). The researchers discovered the foreign DNA sequences...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800EuropeFood Safety Assessment of Cry8Ka5 Mutant Protein have been looking at Cry8Ka5, a mutant protein from Bacillus thuringiensis, because of its promising efficacy against coleopterans such as boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis). Thus, Davi Felipe Farias of Federal University of Ceará and colleagues assessed the food safety of Cry8Ka5 protein with Cry1Ac protein used as control.Results showed ...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800ResearchOverexpression of LOV KELCH PROTEIN 2 Increases Dehydration Tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana research team led by Gakushuin University's Tomohiro Kiyosue recently observed in a study that overexpression of the LOV KELCH PROTEIN 2 (LKP2), which controls the circadian rhythm and flowering time in plants, enhanced dehydration tolerance in Arabidopsis.Analysis showed that expression of four dehydration-inducible genes was higher even in the ...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800ResearchTransgenic Bean Event Embrapa 5.1 Found Nutritionally-Equivalent to Non-Transgenic Counterpart golden mosaic virus disease is considered as one of the most important diseases that limit bean production in Latin America.In 2011, the transgenic bean event Embrapa 5.1, with resistance to bean golden mosaic virus was approved for commercial release in Brazil. A team led by Francisco Aragão, from Embrapa Recursos Genéticos e Biotecnologia in...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800ResearchScientists Tweak Poplar Tree Genes to Make them Grow Bigger, Quicker at The University of Manchester have discovered a way to make poplar trees grow bigger and faster than usual, to increase supplies of renewable resources and help trees cope with the effects of climate change. The team manipulated two genes, called called PXY and CLE, which control the growth of a tree trunk. When overexpressed, the tree...Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop Biotech