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 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800Celebrating Earth Day with Biotech's Achievements the world celebrated the 46th year of the Earth Day movement on April 22, 2016, GM crops are already contributing to protect the environment for 20 years. The Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, with the objective of giving voice to the emerging consciousness, channelling human energy toward environmental issues. Since then, technologies hav...Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800GlobalStakeholders Recommend Harmonization of Regional Biosafety Frameworks in Africa at Feed the Future Regional Conference held on April 11-12, 2016 in Arusha,Tanzania have recommended the fast racking of regional biosafety initiatives. During one of the key sessions on "Agricultural Policies and Standards to Advance Agriculture Trade and Access to Inputs", regional economic communities including the Common Market for...Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800AfricaUganda Govt Officials Appraised on Relevance of Biotech in Agriculture National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), through its special initiative-Uganda Biosciences Information Centre (UBIC), has assumed the front-place position of sensitizing its key stakeholders on the relevance of modern crop technologies such as biotechnology, in addressing major crop challenges and increasing agricultural productivity...Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800AfricaGrocery Manufacturers Association Calls on US Senate to Stand Up for Ag Biotech to Protect Farmers and Consumers the opening ceremonies of the 2016 GMA Science Forum, Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) said that unless the US Congress passes a uniform national law on disclosure of genetically engineered food ingredients, stigmatization from on-package labels will lead to increased consumer costs and confu...Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800AmericasASA Comments on APHIS Proposed Revisions to Biotech Regulations American Soybean Association (ASA) has submitted their comments on the proposed revisions to biotech crop regulations to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS announced in February that it will conduct a programmatic economic impact study as part of a comprehensive study of its Part 340 regulations of biotech crops. ASA ...Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800AmericasResearchers Explain Mechanism Behind Plant Withering research team from Kobe University led by Associate Professor Miyake Chikahiro and PhD student Takagi Daisuke have reproduced the reaction in which harmful reactive oxygen species are created during plant photosynthesis, and clarified a mechanism behind plant withering. Plants depend on photosynthesis as an energy source, but when the light energ...Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificStudy Reveals Plant Signals Travel Different Routes to Turn on Defense recent University of Kentucky study reveals that important signaling chemicals within plant cells travel different routes to inform the plant to turn on its defense mechanisms in the presence of a pathogen. Plant pathologists Aardra and Pradeep Kachroo study how plants fend off secondary infections, a defense mechanism known as systemic acquired ...Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800EuropeDefra Allows Field Trial of GM Camelina in Rothamsted Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) allowed Rothamsted Research to conduct field trial of genetically modified (GM) camelina plants in the Rothamsted Farm in 2016 to 2017. The field trials will be conducted to evaluate the amount of omega-3 long chain polysaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) in the camelina seeds. Omega-3 LC-P...Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800EuropeIdentification of Candidate Genes for Drought Tolerance in Commercial Coffee Cultivars is a limiting factor in coffee (Coffea arabica) production. While genetic diversity for drought tolerance exists within the coffee genus, the mechanisms of adaption of coffee plants to drought are unknown. A group of scientists in Brazil, led by Luciana Souto Mofatto, Fernanda de Ara˙jo Carneiro, and Natalia Gomes Vieira, compared the droug...Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800ResearchMaize B Chromosome Affects the Transcription of A chromosome B chromosome of maize (Zea mays L.) is widely believed to not have functional genes. However, its existence may be able to influence the expression of genes from the A genome. Previous studies have also suggested that B chromosomes might contain regions homologous to A chromosome sequences. A team of researchers, led by Wei Huang from the China...Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800ResearchAnalysis of Dongxiang Wild Rice to Investigate Lost or Acquired Genes during Rice Domestication is widely accepted that cultivated rice (Oryza sativa L.) was domesticated from common wild rice (Oryza rufipogon Griff.). A research team led by Fantao Zhang and Tao Xu now aim to genetically explain the phenotypic and physiological changes from wild rice to cultivated rice at the whole genome level.Instead of comparing two assembled genomes, t...Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800ResearchStudy Confirms that Native Americans Descended From A Single Ancestral Group have long been using genetic data to debate whether ancestors of Native Americans emigrated to the New World in one wave or successive waves, or from one ancestral Asian population or a number of different populations.Now, after comparing DNA samples from modern-day Native American and Eurasian groups, an international team of scientist...Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechE. coli-based Production of Recombinant Ovine Angiotensinogen (ANG) is a precursor of angiotensin,which regulates blood pressure and electrolyte balance. Ovine ANG (oANG) from sheep plasma has been shown to be a better substrate for human renin. To expand the availability of oANG, a team of researchers from Gifu university in Japan, aimed to produce recombinant oANG using Escherichia coli.By e...Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechAnimal Biotech Summit Animal Biotech SummitWhen: September 21-23, 2016Where: Bethesda, MarylandGet more details from Biotechnology Innovation Organization....Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800AnnouncementsICFAS 2016 4th International Conference on Food and Agricultural Sciences (ICFAS 2016)When: December 25-27, 2016Where: Kyoto, JapanFor more details, visit the ICFAS website....Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0800Announcements