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, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Researchers Rally for Rice Science at IRC2014 1,500 individuals from 69 countries are gathered for the 4th International Rice Congress (IRC2014) at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) in Thailand from October 27 to November 1, 2014. IRC is known as the "Olympics of rice science" because it is the largest gathering of individuals involved in rice science held ev...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800GlobalUgandan Legislators Urge Support for Biotech at WFD Celebration"We need biotechnology so as to increase agricultural productivity. Farmers will be able to plant more easily and expect better yields", said area member of Parliament for Wakiso District, Mr. Kasule Sebunya, during the World Food Day celebration on October 16, 2014 at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI). Mr. Sebunyacalled on h...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800AfricaMPs Promise Action towards Lifting Ban on GM Foods in Kenya Kenyan members of Parliament promised to take specific measures towards lifting the ban on importation of genetically modified (GM) foods that was instituted in November 2012. The MPs visited the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project's confined field trials site at KALRO Kiboko on October 9, 2014. They were briefed on ongoing efforts...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800AfricaRIT Scientist to Complete Genetic Profile of Grape Crown Gall Disease Institute of Technology (RIT) scientists and alumnus are closer in identifying the genetic code of grape crown gall. Grape crown gall is a bacterial disease which attacks the vascular tissue, causing formation of galls and suppression in the transport of water and nutrients. This disease can lead to yield reduction, affecting the growth o...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasSeminar on the Development and Application of GM Crops in Vietnam Association for Scientific and Technological Information and Documentation and AGBiotech Vietnam organized a seminar on the process development and application of genetically modified crops in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 22, 2014 during the biotech trade fair event Biotechmart 2014. The seminar was attended by leading scientists in the field ...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificKey Stakeholders from PH Provinces Join Growing Support for Bt Eggplant hundred and sixty-six farmers, agriculture officers, technicians, researchers, and other stakeholders from the provinces of Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, and Camarines Sur signed a declaration of support for the commercial planting of the fruit and shoot borer resistant Bt eggplant during the second Public Dialogue on Bt Eggplant held at the Southe...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificEuropean Union Awaits November Vote on GM Crops European Parliament's environment, public health and food safety (ENVI) committee is due to give its opinion on the draft report on biotech crops regulation on November 5, 2014, which is three years since the Parliament made votes on future legislation on the restriction of biotech crops in their territories. At present, only MON810 maize has b...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800EuropeBBSRC's Position Statement on New Crop Breeding Tools Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has published a position statement on new and emerging techniques for crop improvement. These techniques use precise genetic changes into plants, and are currently being used in research laboratories as a tool to help understand the function of genes. The position statement was publ...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800EuropeRole of OsABCC1 in Arsenic Accumulation Reduction in Rice Grain and Korean scientists study the accumulation of arsenic in Oryza sativa (rice). Arsenic (As) is one of the compounds that can cause skin lesions and cancer in humans and its toxicity can promote stunted growth in rice plants. Thus the study of its accumulation in rice is necessary to find a solution on how this compound can be reduced. In ...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchIon Transport Genes may be Related to Grapevine Shoot Cholide Exclusion and Salt Tolerance tolerance in grapevine is associated with shoot chloride (Cl-) exclusion in shoots. Despite the knowledge of Cl exclusion in grapevine, the mechanism of this process has remained elusive. To search for candidate genes that control Cl exclusion, researchers led by Matthew Gilliham of the University of Adelaide in Australia compared three Vitis ...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchScientists Test Effect of Event 5307 Maize in Non-target Organisms maize event 5307 produces insecticidal protein eCry3.1Ab, an engineered chimera of Cry1Ab and modified Cry3A, to have internal protection against Western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera). Laboratory tests were conducted to check if maize event 5307 cultivation would affect non-target organisms such as earthworm, mouse, shri...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchNew Imaging Technique Leads to Better Understanding of Freezing in Plants Department of Agriculture (USDA) agronomist David P. Livingston has used an imaging technique to see what happens to oats when they freeze. Oats do not grow in many northern areas in the US because of cold temperatures, and Livingston's new technique is helping scientists understand how ice forms in oats. Livingston's technique makes high-reso...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechStudy Finds No-till Agriculture May Not Bring Hoped-for Boost in Global Crop Yields new and extensive meta-analysis conducted by an international team led by the University of California, Davis revealed that no-till farming, a key conservation agriculture strategy that avoids conventional plowing, may not bring a hoped-for boost in global crop yields. No-till is promoted worldwide, in an effort to sustainably meet global food de...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechISAAA Releases Brief on Farmer Adoption and Uptake Pathways of GM Crops releases Brief 48: Adoption and Uptake Pathways of GM/Biotech Crops by Small-scale, Resource-poor Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines. The Brief shows how modern biotechnology has transformed farming into a profession that harvests agronomic and socio-cultural benefits beyond promise. It embodies the stories of how biotech crops, par...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Document RemindersBTI Scientist Talks about Sequencing Solanaceae Genome Lukas Mueller, Associate Scientist of the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (BTI) in Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, presented accomplishments in the SOL Genomics Network (, particularly in sequencing various species of fruits of the Solanaceae family (i.e. tomatoes), in his talk "Putting Solanaceae Genom...Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800From the BICs