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, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800Nobel Laureates: Fear of GM Crops Prevents Society from Benefiting from the Technology 2018 winners of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, Professor Frances Arnold from the United States and Sir Gregory Winter of the United Kingdom, say that excessive concerns about genetically modified (GM) foods are preventing society from benefiting from the technology."We've been modifying the biological world at the level of DNA for thousands of ...Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800GlobalWRI Report Says GMOs and Gene Editing Can Help Improve Crop Breeding to Boost Yields to Feed the World new report, Creating a Sustainable Food Future, published by the World Resources Institute (WRI) suggests ways of feeding the planet's almost 10 billion people by 2050 when food demand is set to rise by over 50%, and demand for animal-based food products (meat, dairy, and eggs) likely to grow by almost 70%.The report states that the world must bo...Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800GlobalAlliance for Science Ghana Calls for Passage of Plant Breeders' Bill into Law for Science Ghana released a statement appealing to President Nana Akufo-Addo to ensure the passage of Plant Breeders' Right Bill into law. The group emphasized in their statement that passing the bill into law is vital in ensuring food security and improving the lives of farmers. The statement signed by the Alliance for Science Executive ...Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800AfricaUSDA to Release Final ‘Bioengineered' Food Labeling Standard a comment period of two years, the rule that requires companies to label genetically modified foods is being finalized. The White House Office of Management and Budget approved the Obama-era legislation industry site IEG Policy reports, marking its last step before publishing. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the new standard is...Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800AmericasReport Highlights USDA Technology Innovations U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed 166 new inventions and 66 patent applications in the 2017 fiscal year, according to their Annual Report on Technology Transfer released this month."USDA research not only improves agriculture, but it also creates business opportunities and jobs through innovations affecting all areas of daily life...Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800AmericasBiotech Cotton in Pakistan Reached Highest Adoption in 2017 cotton area in Pakistan reached an all-time high of 3 million hectares in 2017, which is equal to 96% of total cotton production in the country. This was highlighted by Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center Lahore Chapter during the launch ISAAA Brief 53: Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops in 2017. The report launch was he...Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificOECD Study Provides New and Detailed Evidence on Market Concentration in Seed and GM Technology results of a study conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are now available. The book Concentration in Seed Markets provides an in-depth assessment of structural changes in global markets for seed and biotechnology based on new data on market concentration across a broad range of countries and crops, and c...Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800EuropeAarhus University Researchers Release New Insights in Rust Resistance in Wheat of the devastating diseases that threaten the world's wheat production is yellow rust, caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst). Approximately 88 percent of wheat production is susceptible to yellow rust and estimates say that the disease ruins at least five million tons of the global annual wheat harvest.A large international group ...Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800EuropePlants as Antifungal Factories from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) and the Institute for Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMCP), in collaboration with the IATA, have developed a biotechnological tool to produce, in a very efficient manner, antifungal proteins in plants. The research, published in t...Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800EuropeTransgenic Pm3e Wheat Show High Resistance to Powdery Mildew from wheat confers resistance to powdery mildew caused by fungal pathogen Blumeria graminis f.sp. tritici (Bgt). Researchers have identified 17 working Pm3 alleles that confer resistance to Bgt isolates. One of the variants, Pm3e, was found in wheat donor line W150 and similar to non-functional variant Pm3CS except for two amino acids. To evalu...Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800ResearchInternational Research Team Finds Novel Function of Plant Hormone Jasmonic Acid international research team led by plant biologist Dirk Becker of Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany, reports on their novel findings that the plant hormone jasmonic acid is involved in the quick closure of stomata.Jasmonic acid is responsible for the aromatic odor of the plant Jasminum grandiflorum used in cosmeti...Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800ResearchResearchers Discover Mechanism Disrupting CRISPR-Cas9 has made gene editing very easy. However, the tool has been found to be less precise than previously assumed as it leads to unwanted mutations in a cell's DNA. Researchers at Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) have now identified a mechanism that causes such mutations when CRISPR-Cas9 is used incorrectly. This can cause dormant ge...Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesCRISPR-Cas9 Reveals Role of SlPHO1;1 in Phosphate Nutrition of Tomato Seedlings vascular and nonvascular plants, PHOSPHATE1 (PHO1) homologs have vital functions in the harvesting and transferring of phosphate. In tomatoes, six genes (SlPHO1;1‐SlPHO1;6) are homologous to Arabidopsis' PHO1 (AtPHO1). Thus, scientists from Chinese Academy of Sciences used CRISPR-Cas9 to reveal the function of PHO1 in phosphate nutrition o...Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesInternational Conference on Microbes for Sustainable Agriculture International Conference on Microbes for Sustainable AgricultureWhen: March 25-28, 2019Where: Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Lahore, PakistanDownload the conference brochure for more details....Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800AnnouncementsUpdated ISAAA Infographics: Do you know where biotech crops are grown? than 30 countries have planted biotech crops since 1996. Download the updated ISAAA infographic, Do You Know Where Biotech Crops are Grown? for more information....Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0800Document Reminders