Crop Biotech Updatehttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/A 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, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800GM Crop Approvals Boost Bioengineered Foods Market, Reporthttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15526The global bioengineered food market is expected to increase with an annual growth rate of ~5% from 2016-2023, according to the report of Occams Business Research and Consulting Pvt. Ltd. The growth of the global bioengineered food market is mainly attributed to the increasing number of approvals of bioengineered food in many countries, among other...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800GlobalAfrican Countries Launch the Global Report on Commercialized Biotech/GM Cropshttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15544The 2016 annual report on Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops (ISAAA Brief 52) has been launched in Cameroon and Malawi. The report was also virtually launched in Nairobi, Kenya on June 13, 2017. In Cameroon, the report was presented during the African Biosafety Service Providers coordination meeting in Yaounde on May 4, 2017 and atten...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800AfricaStudent to Boost Vitamin A Content of Chickpeahttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15511Chickpeas may soon be added to the list of vitamin A-enriched crops. Vitamin A has been proven to enhance brain function, improve sight and skin health, and slow down aging.According to Bunyamin Tar'an, professor at the University of Saskatchewan and chickpea breeder, chickpeas are a well-known source of protein and minerals in many countries and u...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800AmericasResearch Found Way to Improve Nitrogen Fixation in Legumeshttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15529Scientists from the University of Kentucky led by Professor Hongyan Zhu have discovered a more efficient way for legumes to fix nitrogen. Zhu and his team found two antimicrobial peptides in the legume Medicago truncatula that kill certain rhizobial bacteria as nitrogen fixation begins. M. truncatula is closely related to alfalfa, a forage legume.Z...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800AmericasFarmer Perspective Brought to Biotech Regulatory Discussionshttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15531The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) brought the farmers' perspective on important conversations during the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) public comment meeting held at the University of California, Davis on June 13, 2017. The public meeting, which was the second of three, allowed t...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800AmericasAmerican Soybean Association: Biotech Essential to Feed 9.7B People in 2050http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15527Biotechnology is an essential tool in farmers' quest to produce enough food to meet the needs of 9.7 billion people by 2050, said the American Soybean Association (ASA) in their comments submitted to both the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding regulations in response to advances in geneti...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800AmericasChina Approves Import of GM Crops from the U.S.http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15525China, the world's largest importer of soybean, has approved importation of new varieties of GM crops from the U.S. The demand for more soybeans increased in China over the past decade because of the rise in meat consumption in the country. Thus, more supply of soybean is needed to be used as animal feed. Chinese officials will strive to speed up t...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificHeat Tolerant Lentils Endure Increasing Global Temperatureshttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15533A global team of experts discovered the key traits in lentils that will enable the important grain legume to tolerate rising temperatures. Scientists from the University of Western Australia, Panjab University, Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) - Indian Institute of Pulse Research, Punjab Agricultural University, and International Cente...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificChinese Academy of Sciences Partners with Bayer to Improve Wheat Yieldshttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15534A team of researchers from Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Bayer will work together to improve wheat yields. In the collaboration, SIBS researchers will work closely with Bayer on developing and validating a wheat canopy photosynthesis model. Jeroen Van Rie, crop efficiency trait research ex...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificResearchers Unlock the Genetic Secrets of Plant Cell Wallshttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15528To help improve the quality of plant-based foods, researchers from the University of York and Quadram Institute unlocked the genetic secrets of plant cell walls. Using a microarray, the team analyzed thousands of plant cell samples simultaneously using a microarray, and harvested large amount of data relevant to the arrangement of the cell. They li...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800EuropeResearchers Study Cotton Kinesin Gene GhKIS13A1http://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15519Cotton fiber is differentiated from single cell of ovule epidermis. A number of genes are involved in fiber formation, however, only a few fiber genes have been studied. The Kinesin 13 subfamily was found to play vital roles during cell division and cell elongation, and is believed to be involved in the regulation of cotton fiber development. Yan-J...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800ResearchOverexpression of a Blueberry DDF1 Gene Confers Increased Tolerance to Freezinghttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15545The CBF/DREB 1 increases freezing tolerance in woody plants but is associated with dwarfed plants and delayed flowering. These same changes were observed when Arabidopsis DWARF AND DELAYED FLOWERING 1 (DDF1) was overexpressed. However, DDF1 orthologs have not been studied in woody plants. Michigan State University's Guo-qing Song investigated the o...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800ResearchMulti-Site Genome Editing in Cotton using CRISPR-Cas9 Systemhttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15546Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) is an allotetraploid plant with a complex genome, with most genes having multiple copies. Due to its high efficiency, the CRISPR-Cas9 system was used by the team of Pengcheng Wang from Huazhong Agricultural University to generate two sgRNAs in a single vector and conduct multiple-site genome editing in cotton.The team ta...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesKenya's Imaginature Seeks Approval for Field Trial of GE Baby's Breath Flowershttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15530Genetically engineered Baby's Breath (Gypsophila) flowers may soon be available in the American market. Commercial cut-flower developer, Imaginature Ltd. is seeking the approval of Kenya's National Biosafety Authority (NBA) to conduct open field trials of GE Gypsophila, which is targeted for the American market. Experts at Imaginature altered the g...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechDefense Secret of E. coli Revealedhttp://www.isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechupdate/article/default.asp?ID=15535Cornell University researchers have found out how E. coli bacteria defend themselves against antibiotics and other poisons. When undesirable molecules show up, the bacterial cell opens a tunnel through its cell wall and pumps out the intruders. According to Peng Chen, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, scientists have hypothesized on the ...Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop Biotech