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, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800Cornell Alliance for Science Launches Global Conversation to End Hunger Cornell Alliance for Science converged in the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, on November 17 to launch a global conversation on ending world hunger. The Alliance's 25 newly graduated Global Leadership Fellows mingled with diplomats, journalists, academics, and science allies, sharing the personal stories that prompted them to embr...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800GlobalPolitical Goodwill Key in Sudan's Adoption of Bt Cotton of a recently concluded study tour to Sudan have learnt that political good will is a key factor in ensuring acceptance of biotech crop commercialization in countries from the COMESA region. Participants to the 7- day long tour, held on November 8-13, 2015, acknowledged that progress made by Sudanese cotton sub sector was a result of stro...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800Africa'Orphan Gene' to Boost Protein Content of Staple Crops new study conducted by scientists from Iowa State University (ISU) shows that a gene found only in Arabidopsis can increase the protein content of staple crops. The gene regulates the protein content in Arabidopsis seeds and leaves, and the research team calls it an 'orphan gene' because it is not present in the genome of any other organism. The ...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasSynthetic Biologists Make Genetic Circuits for Programmable Plants State University scientists have created an integrated circuit for plants that are similar to those found in an iPhone. 'Gene circuits,' a product of synthetic biology, control specific plant characteristics such as color, size, and resistance to drought. While traditional plant genetic engineering involves inserting or modifying genes tha...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasScientists Sequence Resurrection Grass Genome reports the virtually complete genome of Oropetium thomaeum, which is known as the resurrection grass because of its ability to regrow after extreme drought when water becomes available. The sequencing was made possible by Donald Danforth Plant Science Center researchers and Pacific Biosciences' grant program, "Most Interesting Genome in the...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasFilipino Students Learn about Modern Biotech Principles and Applications and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers, were enlightened and updated on the applications of modern biotechnology in agriculture and medicine during two learning events organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture-Biotechnology Information Center (SEARCA BIC) for ...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificRole of Biotech Communication Highlighted in Philippine National Biotech Week Philippines celebrates the National Biotechnology Week 2015 (NBW 2015) from November 23 to 28, 2015 in SM Dasmariñas, Cavite, focusing on the theme, Biotechnology: People's Partner in National Development. The NBW 2015 is spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Engr. Mario Montejo, DOST Secretary, delivered the inspirati...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the Pacific"Off" Switch for Starch Production in Plants Discovered research team from the Weizmann Institute of Science led by Prof. Avihai Danon has discovered the "off" switch for plant starch production. Starch is the most common carbohydrate in the human diet and present in large amounts in staple crops such as rice, potatoes, and maize. Plants start making starch as soon as the morning light turns on its ph...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800EuropeThe Role of PpMYB10.1 Gene in Anthocyanin Accumulation in Peach coloration of fruit is one of the most important traits in peach (Prunus persica), and it is due to anthocyanins. Three MYB10 genes, PpMYB10.1, PpMYB10.2, and PpMYB10.3, were reported as regulators of red coloration and anthocyanin biosynthesis in peach fruit. Researchers led by Pham Anh Tuan of the NARO Institute of Fruit Tree Science in Japan...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800ResearchEnhancing Blast Disease Resistance by Overexpression of the OsCPK4 Gene in Rice blast is the most serious disease affecting rice production. Mireia Bundó and María Coca report on the function of the isoform OsCPK4 of the rice calcium-dependent protein kinase family in the regulation of rice immunity to blast fungal infection.Overexpression of OsCPK4 gene in rice plants enhanced its resistance to blast disease by preventin...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800ResearchScientists Engineer Algae to Specifically Kill Cancer Cells from the University of South Australia and partners genetically engineered an algae to specifically destroy cancer cells without affecting healthy cells. The results are published in Nature Communications.Scientists Nico Voelcker and colleagues worked on a diatom to produce antibody-binding protein on the surface of their shells. Then, t...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechUniversity of California Scientists Create GE Malaria-Blocking Mosquitoes from the University of California Irvine and San Diego campuses have created a strain of mosquitoes capable of rapidly introducing malaria-blocking genes into a mosquito population through its progeny. The researchers inserted a DNA element into the germ line of Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes, resulting in the gene preventing malaria tra...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechUS FDA: GE Salmon as Safe to Eat as Non-GE Salmon on sound science and a comprehensive review, the US Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA) has approved AquaBounty Technologies' AquAdvantage Salmon, a genetically engineered (GE) Atlantic salmon that grows to market size more quickly than non-GE farm-raised Atlantic salmon. The FDA determined that food from AquAdvantage Salmon is as safe to e...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechIndependent Professional Seed Association Annual Conference 27th Annual Conference of the Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA)When: January 11-13, 2015Where: Missouri, U.S.For more details, visit the conference website....Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800AnnouncementsBiotech Information Network Gathers for a Biosafety Seminar in Malaysia strengthen ISAAA's capacity to assist countries in developing, implementing, and reviewing biosafety regulations, ISAAA held an immersion training-seminar in collaboration with the Public Research and Regulation Initiative (PRRI), the Ghent University, and the Free University of Brussels, Belgium in Kula Lumpur, Malaysia on November 16 to 18, 20...Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0800From the BICs