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, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800New Resource Shows Half of Biotech Crops Research is Independent Fortified, Inc. (Biofortified), a non-profit organization devoted to provide factual information and fostering discussion about issues in biology, launched a new project the Genetic Engineering Risk Atlas (GENERA). GENERA is a searchable database of peer-reviewed research on the relative risks of biotech crops. GENERA's website (http://gene...Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800GlobalInternational Consortium Releases Canola Genome Sequence international consortium of more than 30 research institutes, have deciphered the complex genome sequence of oilseed rape, Brassica napus L., more commonly known as canola, the most important oilseed crop in Europe, Canada, and Australia. The study showed that apart from the post-Neolithic hybridization that led to its formation, oilseed rape ha...Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800GlobalGhanaian Journalists Trained on Effective Biotech Communication science communication workshop training for 26 journalists was held in Kumasi, Northern Ghana on August 13-15, 2014. The journalists were trained on effective communication on biotechnology and biosafety issues. The workshop was very timely because of the need for media support for the breeders bill, which is causing heated debates in the Ghanaia...Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800AfricaScientists Use Big Data in Farming to Beat Drought consortium of scientists received a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the effects of climate variability on crops. The consortium includes research teams from the University of Missouri campuses at Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis, as well as Washington University, Saint Louis University, Lincoln Univ...Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasResearchers Find Role of Boron in Growth and Development of Corn at the University of Missouri discovered that boron plays an important part in development and reproduction in corn plants. Boron deficiency is one of the most widespread causes of decreased crop yield. Thus, farmers in boron-deficient areas are required to supplement their soil with boron but little is known about how corn plants use up...Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasAgri-biotech Can Boost Philippine Food Exports growth of agri-biotechnology has increased Philippines' prospects for increased food and feed exports to regional markets, according to a government official. Dr. Segfredo Serrano, Agriculture Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, Research and Development and Regulations, said that higher yields for the yellow corn biotech variety "favored the ...Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificOGTR Receives Application for Biotech Safflower Field Trials Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) of Australia announced that they have received a licence application from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for field trials of biotech safflower (increased oleic acid) into the environment. The field trials will be conducted to evaluate the agronomic performa...Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificBangladesh's ERA Guidelines for GE Crops Finalized workshop to finalize the Guidelines for the Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops was concluded in Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 20, 2014. The one day-long stakeholders workshop featured experts Dr. Andrew Roberts (Deputy Director of the Center for Environmental Risk Assessment), Dr. Joseph Huesing (Sr. Biotech Adviser,...Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificAsian Countries Prepare for the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) 7 than 40 representatives of ministries, research institutions, regulatory agencies, and the academe from China, Cambodia, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam participated in a preparatory meeting for the upcoming Meeting of the Parties 7 (MOP7) in Bogor, Indonesia on August 25-26, 2014.Prof. Piet van der Meer of Public Research...Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificCassava Gains Chilling Stress Tolerance Via Chilling Acclimation (Manihot esculenta) can be tolerant to much lower temperatures after undergoing chilling acclimation. Ming Peng and Weixiong Zhang from Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences and Jianghan University, respectively, now try to determine the mechanism of chilling acclimation.Plants were subjected to three conditions: gradual chillin...Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchGenome-wide Study on Poplars Show Evidence of Genetic Selection from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, and West Virginia University used a combination of genome-wide selection scans and analyses to elucidate the process involved in genetic variation of poplar populations. The researchers collected 1,100 samples of wild populations of poplar in California, Ore...Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop Biotech12th Annual BIO Asia International Conference 12th Annual BIO Asia International Conference When: March 24-25, 2015 Where: Tokyo, Japan For more details, visit, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800AnnouncementsBiotech Crop Annual Updates releases Biotech Crop Annual Updates. The series includes five short documents on biotech crops, namely: soybean, maize, cotton, canola, and alfalfa. Information included in the series includes data on adoption, adopting countries, and the benefits of each biotech crop. Such information are all based on ISAAA Brief 46: Global Status of Commer...Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Document RemindersBiotech Trait Annual Updates releases the Biotech Trait Annual Updates, a summary of traits deployed in biotech crops. The publication also includes short discussions about the trends in biotech traits adoption and benefits of biotech crops with such traits. The publication is available at:, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800Document RemindersBiotech Crops Adoption Report Launched in Pakistan launching ceremony of ISAAA report on global status of GM crops (ISAAA Brief 46) was organized by the Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center (PABIC) in collaboration with PABIC Lahore chapter at Forman Christian College on August 19, 2014. Renowned biotechnologists of Pakistan, Dr. Kauser Abdullah Malik and Dr. Tayyab Hussain, delivered talk...Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0800From the BICs