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, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800National Academy of Sciences Conducts First Public Meeting for GE Study Academy of Sciences (NAS) of the United States is embarking on a comprehensive study on genetically engineered (GE) crops. The study aims to examine the history of the development and introduction of GE crops in the United States and internationally, including GE crops that were not commercialized, and the experiences of developers and pro...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800GlobalAfrican Agriculture Stakeholders: Put More Action in Achieving Sustainability Agriculture stakeholders were recently challenged to put more action than talk in the quest for sustainable agricultural development in Africa. H.E Hon. Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria's Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development challenged his fellow Ministers of Agriculture in the continent to ensure that they advise their governments appro...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800AfricaWorld Vision Project to Improve Vitamin A Deficiency in Ghana project using a food based approach through the production, consumption and marketing of orange flesh sweet potato seeks to improve vitamin A deficiency especially among children under five years in Ghana. The initiative, System Approach to Improve and Sustain Food Security in West Africa (SATISFY), undertaken by World Vision Ghana would benefit ...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800AfricaStudy Finds Genes in Corn Important in Defense Response at North Carolina State University have identified candidate genes and cellular processes believed to control hypersensitive defense response (HR) in corn. Hypersensitive defense is a response by corn plants when they are under pathogen attack, where they sometimes respond by killing their own cells near the site of the attack to thwart...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasResearchers Discover 'Most Famous' Wheat Gene State University (WSU) researchers have discovered "the most famous wheat gene" that can be used to transfer valuable genes from other plants to wheat. The gene, which WSU Professor Kulvinder Gill called Ph1, makes wheat fertile and controls the orderly pairing of wheat chromosomes during reproduction. However, the gene also prevents whe...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasSafety Aspects of GM Crops with Abiotic Stress crops with abiotic stress tolerance have been developed to reduce the losses in crop yield brought about by salinity, drought, extreme temperatures and others. With this development, issues about its food and environmental safety have surfaced, affecting adoption and acceptability of these GM crops. In the study by Liang and his co-researchers f...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificVietnamese Circular for Exceptional Recognition of Biotechnology in Agriculture and Rural Development Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued Circular No. 29/2014/TT-BNNPTNT dated September 5, 2014 to amend Article 7 of Circular No. 23/2010/TT-BNNPTNT dated April 7, 2010. The move will allow recognition and use of biotechnology techniques in agriculture and rural development in the country. In so doing, some specific c...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificCOP-MOP Meeting in Korea 7th meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP12/COP-MOP 7/COP-MOP 1 will be held in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province in the Republic of Korea from 29 September to 17 October 2014. Representatives from 194 governments, heads of relevant organizations and NGOs will come ...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificWild Grass to Help in Wheat and Barley Improvement research published by plant scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich points to a breakthrough that could lead to new, high-yielding, disease-resistant crop varieties. Published in Molecular Plant and Microbe Interactions, the research suggests that the wild grass Brachypodium distachyon is an ideal model for studying disease resistance tr...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800EuropeCompositional and Proteomic Analyses of Biotech Broccoli from Academia Sinica conducted a compositional and proteomic analyses of biotech broccoli exhibiting improved shelf life and yield. They used proximate analysis to examine macronutrients, chemical and mineral constituents as well as anti-nutrient and protein changes of biotech broccoli and corresponding controls. Results showed that most...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchDownregulation of Leaf Flavin Via RfBP Expression Results in Early Flowering in Arabidopsis is the precursor of flavin mononucleotide (FMN) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), cofactors for enzymes in biochemical reactions. Previously, it was shown that riboflavin, FMN, and FAD levels were decreased in leaves of transgenic Arabidopsis expressing the turtle riboflavin-binding protein or (RfBP). Hansong Dong of Nanjing Agricul...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchWRKY Genes Involved in Soybean Response to Phakopsora pachyrhizi Infection studies have revealed that soybean WRKY transcription factors are involved in plant responses to abiotic stresses and diseases, including Asian Soybean Rust caused by Phakopsora pachyrhizi. Researchers, led by Maria Helena Bodanese-Zanettini of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, performed genome-wide annotation of the soybean WRKY ...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchBio-Spleen Sucks Pathogens and Toxins from Blood at Harvard's Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering have successfully developed a bio-spleen, a device that cleans blood without a need to diagnose the infectious agent. Results have shown that the device seems to work even for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In the device, blood is cycled outside the patient's body and gets ...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechGMOs: An Introduction Brazeau of Food and Farm Discussion Lab wrote a useful guide on GMOs. It includes the basic science of genetic engineering, current research, and potential impacts on the environment. Read the full article at, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800Document RemindersBiotechnology of Fibrous Flax in Europe and China, an ancient crop used in the manufacturing industries as a potential source of fiber, has gained an increase in research interest due to several findings revealing its health and industrial benefits. Improvement in the yield and quality of fibers produced by flax was further developed due to genetic engineering. The review article by Kulma and...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800Document RemindersNew Publication: Pocket K on Bt Eggplant releases a new Pocket K on Bt Eggplant. It features the technology behind the biotech crop and status of Bt eggplant adoption and experimentation including potential benefits in Bangladesh, India, and the Philippines. Pocket Ks are Pockets of Knowledge, packaged information on crop biotechnology products and related issues available at your f...Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0800Document Reminders