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, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800International Research Team Develops Much Needed Genetic Resource in Improving Wheat Varieties from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and University of California, Davis in the United States, and the John Innes Centre in the United Kingdom have developed a much-needed genetic resource that will help accelerate the study of gene functions in wheat. The resource, a collection of bread and pasta wheat seeds with more than 1...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800GlobalBibliotheca Alexendrina Holds Workshop on Ethics in Gene Editing two-day workshop on ethics in gene editing and research methodology was held at Bibliotheca Alexendrina, Alexandria, Egypt on January 4-5, 2017. About 60 scientists from different universities and research institutes were invited to attend the workshop. Dr. Ismail Serageldin, the director of Bibliotheca Alexendrina welcomed the high eminent profe...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800AfricaUSDA Deregulates GE Creeping Bent Grass U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) completed a thorough assessment of the potential risks of genetically engineered bent grass developed by Scotts and Monsanto. Results of their assessments showed that the new variety is unlikely to pose a plant risk to agricultural crops or other plants in the U...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800AmericasORNL Researchers Release Largest Poplar SNP Dataset at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have recently released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees. It contains information useful to plant scientists, and researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism.Th...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800AmericasWhite House Announces 2017 Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology White House has released the 2017 Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (2017 Update). The 2017 Update provides a comprehensive summary of the roles and responsibilities of the three principal regulatory agencies Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and United States Depa...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800AmericasPunjab Agri Minister Visits Biotech Corn Field Minister for Agriculture of Punjab, Pakistan, Naeem Akhtar Khan Bhabha, acknowledged the importance of biotechnology during his visit to biotech corn field trial. The minister witnessed the biotech corn under field testing conducted by Monsanto in Pakistan. He was also briefed about the technology features, crop characteristics, trial and testi...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificBARI Scientists Apply for Commercial Release of GE Potato in Bangladesh is set to gain from its second biotech crop after Bt brinjal. Scientists from Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) developed a new variety of potato exhibiting resistance to late blight and they have applied for its commercial release. Late blight is one of the most devastating diseases of potato caused by fungal attack. Eac...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificEFSA Publishes Scientific Opinion for Renewal of Application for GM Maize 1507 European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) has published the Scientific Opinion on the data submitted for the renewal of authorization application of the insect resistant and herbicide tolerant genetically modified (GM) maize 1507. Application EFSA-GMO-RX-001 was submitted by Pioneer Overseas Corpo...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800EuropeScientists Conduct Functional Characterization of Powdery Mildew Susceptibility Gene in Eggplant from Wageningen University and Research Centre and partners conducted a functional characterization of the powdery mildew (PM) susceptibility gene SmMLO1 in eggplant to help other researchers in developing PM resistant eggplant varieties. Eggplant, an important vegetable, can be a host of fungal species that can cause powdery mildew dise...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800ResearchOsNAC6 Rice Transcription Factor Regulates Multiple Drought Tolerance Pathways plant's ability to adapt to rhizosphere drought stress requires reprogramming of root growth and development. While studies have documented the root adaption for tolerance to drought stress, the underlying mechanism is still incomplete. Dong-Keun Lee of Seoul National University and a team of researchers have identified OsNAC6-mediated root struc...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800ResearchEnhancement of Fatty Acid Composition in Camelina using CRISPR/Cas9 CRISPR/Cas9 system is a powerful genome editing tool, and its applications has been developed at a fast pace. Wen Zhi Jiang of University of Nebraska, together with colleagues, used CRISPR/Cas9 to target the FAD2 gene in the emerging oil seed plant, Camelina sativa, in hopes of improving seed oil composition.In the allohexaploid Camelina, guide...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesResearchers Discover Off-Switch to CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing System from the University of California, San Francisco have found a way to switch off the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system using newly identified anti-CRISPR proteins that are produced by bacterial viruses. The newly discovered anti-CRISPR proteins could enable more precise control in CRISPR applications, but also provide a fail-safe to quickl...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesStudy Details Structure of Immature Zika Virus an effort toward better understanding of how the Zika virus infects host cells and spreads, researchers at Purdue University have published a high resolution structure of the immature Zika virus. The structure of the mature Zika virus has been published in 2016, and researchers point at the differences between immature and mature Zika virus. The...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechResearchers Crack Arabica Coffee Genome at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) have released the first public genome sequence of Coffea arabica, the species providing 70% of global coffee production. Arabica coffee is a hybrid cross derived from robusta coffee (C. canephora) and the closely related C. eugenioides. As a result, C. arabica's complex genome has four s...Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop Biotech2nd International Conference on BioScience and Biotechnology 2nd International Conference on BioScience and BiotechnologyWhen: March 9-10, 2017Where: Colombo, Sri LankaMore more details, visit the conference website....Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0800Announcements