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-usThu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800Students Launched the First Scientific Internet Radio Station in Egypt University students under the BSc Biotechnology program launched the Scientific Square Radio (SSR). It is the first scientific radio station in Egypt and is located at the Central Library, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University. Prof. Naglaa Abdallah, Coordinator of the BSc Biotechnology program and Director of the Egypt Biotechnology Infor...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800AfricaUganda PM Advocates for Biotech at NARO-MAK Conference"Let us endeavor to reach the frontiers of science like biotechnology, information and communication technology, short of which, Uganda will be left behind as it happened with the green revolution of the 60s and 70s." This was revealed by Uganda's Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, in his speech read for him by the Minister of Agriculture, ...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800AfricaEthiopia to Commercialize Bt Cotton in Two Years is ready to commercialize Bt cotton in two years, according to Dr. Endale Gebre, director of the agricultural biotechnology unit in the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Institute. He explained that the confined field trial of Bt cotton in their country is currently in the final stage. The trials have been conducted for four years, testing f...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800AfricaScientists Find Single Enzyme Controling Growth and Defense Hormones a paper published in the November 14 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists at Washington University in St. Louis report that the enzyme GH3.5 can control the levels of two plant hormones, auxin and salicylic acid. GH3.5 is the first enzyme of its kind known to control completely different classes of hormones. Auxin...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800AmericasAustralian OGTR Receives License Application for Field Trial of GM Wheat Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a license application (DIR 151) from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for field trial of wheat genetically modified for disease resistance, drought tolerance, altered oil content and altered grain composition. The trial is proposed to take place at t...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificResearchers Reveal Characteristics of Plant Defense Compound Dhurrin international research team has identified the mechanism by which sorghum uses the compound dhurrin to ward off pests and herbivores. Previous studies have found that sorghum releases chemicals when attacked by pests, or plant eaters. Dhurrin is one such chemical, which turns into cyanide when hydrolyzed. It is classified as one of a type of com...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800EuropeScientists Engineer Maize to Produce Astaxanthin from Goethe University Frankfurt and partners developed genetically engineered maize to produce a carotenoid called astaxanthin, which is important in fish feeds. The astaxanthin from the GE maize was assessed if it could be used as a feed supplement to improve pigmentation of rainbow trout flesh. The initial preparation was too oily and...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800ResearchStudy Reveals the Defense Roles of Soybean GmAFS Gene Against Nematodes and Insects terpene synthase genes (TPSs) have various roles in biological processes. University of Tennessee's Jingyu Lin, together with researchers from various research institutions worldwide, characterized a member of the soybean TPS gene family, GmAFS. The team also studied the role of GmAFS in defense against nematodes and insects of soybean (Glyci...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800ResearchChallenges in Genome Editing of Sugarcane editing opens unique opportunities for plant breeders to enhance crop production. The advent of RNA-guided engineered nucleases, such as CRISPR/Cas9 system holds great potential since it is simple and effective. CRISPR/Cas9 system has already been successful in several crop plants. However, the use of this technique is in its infant stage in...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesPublic Acceptance of Food Products from Genome-Edited Crops editing techniques, such as CRISPR/Cas9 system, can achieve transgene-free gene modifications and is expected to generate a wide range of plants. However, the public perception against GMOs suggests that people will initially be hesitant to accept these plants.Tetsuya Ishii and Motoko Araki from Hokkaido University in Japan explored the bott...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesEngineers Develop Transgenic Grass that Neutralizes Toxic Pollution from Bombs, Explosives, and Munitions and munitions used in military bases leave behind toxic compounds, contaminating millions of acres of U.S. military bases with an estimated cleanup bill ranging between US$16 billion and US$165 billion. Researchers from University of Washington and University of York have engineered new transgenic grasses that can neutralize and eradicat...Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechPlant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress - Europe Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress Where: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands When: March 16-17, 2016For other details, visit the event website....Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0800Announcements