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, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800Calestous Juma's New Book Explains Why Humans Resist Tech Innovations like Biotech University Professor Calestuos Juma examined why people oppose new technologies such as biotechnology in his new book Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies. Some of the chapters of the book discuss issues surrounding GMOs such as transgenic crops and GE salmon. According to Juma, people do not actually despise innov...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800AfricaLargest-Ever Study of GM Crops Reveals their Environmental Impacts of Virginia economics professor Federico Ciliberto leads the largest-ever study of the environmental impacts of genetically modified (GM) crops in the U.S. Alongside Edward D. Perry of Kansas State University, David A. Hennessy of Michigan State University, and Gian Carlo Moschini of Iowa State University, the four economists studied ann...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800AmericasMaize Genetics Helps Scientists Study Crop Adaptation to Climate Change from the University of California Davis are leading a new project to study the genetic adaptation of maize to different environmental conditions. The team is looking at the genetic basis of maize adaptation to high-elevation environments, to find out how wild and domesticated maize populations adapt to new climates. The researchers are c...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800AmericasAustralian OGTR Invites Comments for Field Trial of GM Indian Mustard Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) invites comments from the public to assess license application DIR 149 from Nuseed Pty Ltd for a field trial of genetically modified (GM) Indian mustard. The trial is proposed to take place between April 2017 and May 2022, with trial sites selected from 99 possible local government areas...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificOGTR Issues New Application Form for Commercial Release of GM Plants's Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has issued a new application form specifically for the commercial release of genetically modified (GM) plants: Application for a licence for dealings involving intentional release (DIR) of GM plants into the environment – commercial release.The new form allows science-related questions to b...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificUSDA GAIN Releases Philippine Biotechnology Update USDA Global Agricultural Information Network released an update of the current status of biotechnology in the Philippines. The report highlights the final ruling issued by the Philippine Supreme Court on August 18, 2016, which reversed its December 8, 2015 decision to stop the field testing, propagation, commercialization, and importation of GE...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificFAO to Conduct Agricultural Censuses in Asia to Help Achieve SDGs Asian countries participated in a roundtable discussion in the conduct of agricultural censuses in the region to know the real picture of food security, poverty, and climate change and meet the zero hunger target by 2030. The discussion was held on September 19, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. The census, which is conducted every ten years, p...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificEuropean Commission Approves Syngenta GM Maize European Commission on September 16, 2016, has authorized the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of, or produced from genetically modified (GM) maize Bt11 x MIR162 x MIR604 x GA21, four related GM maizes combining three different single GM events (Bt11 × MIR162 × MIR604, Bt11 × MIR162 × GA21, Bt11 × MIR604 × GA21, MIR162 ×...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800EuropeTranscription Factor ONAC095 Plays Opposite Roles in Drought and Cold Tolerance in Rice NAC transcription factors play crucial roles in abiotic stress response. The team of Lei Huang from Zhejiang University in China recently characterized a rice stress-responsive NAC gene, ONAC095, and explored its role in drought and cold stress tolerance.The expression of ONAC095 was found to be upregulated by drought stress and abscisic acid ...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800ResearchPlant Defensin from Legume Confers Resistance to Leaf Rust in Wheat rust caused by fungus Puccinia triticina (Pt) is known as an economically important disease of wheat globally, causing up to 50 percent yield loss. For the past years, producers used resistant wheat cultivars to control the disease, but genetic resistance lasts only for a short time and breaks down with the arrival of new virulent Pt strains. ...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800ResearchResearchers Enhance Rice Blast Resistance via CRISPR/Cas9-Targeted Mutagenesis of OsERF922 nucleases (SSNs) have known to be powerful tools for crop improvement, with CRISPR/Cas9 being thought to be the most effective. A team of researchers from Guangxi University, the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences and the South China Agricultural University report on the improvement of rice blast resistance by targeting the O...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesScientists Search for Alternative Sources of Vanilla Flavor is one of the most popular flavors all over the world. However, less than one percent of vanilla flavor in the market comes from the natural source, the vanilla orchid. In 2015, several food companies in the U.S. including Nestlé declared that they would only use natural flavors in their products, the same time when there was already a shor...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechProceedings of the 2016 FAO International Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies proceedings of the international symposium "The role of agricultural biotechnologies in sustainable food systems and nutrition" organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO) on February 15-17, 2016 are now available. The 284-page proceedings, edited by J. Ruane, J.D. Dargie and C. Daly, have eight chapters coveri...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800Document RemindersDownload the Updated Pocket Ks on Biotech versions of the following Pocket Ks are now available for download: * Q and A about Genetically Modified Crops * Plant Products of Biotechnology * GM Crops and the Environment * Documented Benefits of GM Crops * Bt Insect Resistant Technology * Herbicide Tolerance Technology Glyphosate and GlufosinatePocket Ks are Pockets of Knowledge, pa...Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0800Document Reminders