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, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800ABIC 2014 Speakers Discuss Global Food Security, Agri Innovation Strategies, and Leadership Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC 2014) was held on October 5-8, 2014 in Saskatchewan, Canada, attended by delegates from over 60 countries who discussed the benefits of agricultural biotechnology. The conference was hosted by Ag-West Bio, Saskatchewan's Bioscience Industry Association. Around 42 world-renowned experts t...Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800GlobalBorlaug Dialogue Tackles Feeding 9B People in 2050 2014 Borlaug Dialogue international symposium opens today, October 15, until October 17, 2014 in Des Moines, Iowa. The symposium's theme is "The Greatest Challenge in Human History: Can we sustainably feed the 9 billion people in our planet by the year 2050?" focusing on the powers of intensification, innovation, and inspiration to support smal...Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800GlobalNew Imaging System Helps Plant Geneticists Improve Crops scientists at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Penn State University developed an automated imaging technique to measure and analyze the root systems of mature plants. The imaging and software will provide geneticists the statistical information they need to search for genes with the best characteristics. The technique invol...Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasAnti-GMO Consumers Don't Know What GMOs Are, Show Finds an episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live", a TV show in the US, the TV host sent a camera crew to a local farmers market to interview consumers on their stand and understanding of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The majority of those interviewed said that they do not want to buy GMOs because of the possible effects on their health. However, when ...Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasNew Gene Discovery to Enhance Quality of Cereal and Bioenergy Crops team of scientists from Donald Danforth Plant Science Center led by Thomas Brutnell, has developed a new way of identifying genes that are important for photosynthesis in maize and rice. Their research will help identify candidate genes for crop improvement, and revealed new pathways and information about how plants fix carbon. This research also...Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasExperts Reveal Challenges in Communicating Agri-biotech Prairie conducted a survey of 103 communication experts in Canada about their understanding and opinions on issues such as public perceptions of agriculture and science, communication strategies, and accessing agriculture-based information and resources. The respondents expressed concerns about the public image of agricultural biotechnology....Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800AmericasRT Canola Available in Australia Next Year's first dual trait herbicide tolerant canola varieties are set to be released in 2015. The varieties will contain triazine and glyphosate tolerance traits (RT). The RT products will be available through Pacific Seeds. Canola farmers have expressed their excitement about the new technology, saying that it will provide a good suite of tools...Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificResearchers Sequence 360 Tomato Varieties to Produce Map of Evolution international team led by scientists from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in Beijing, China, has published a brief genomic history of tomato breeding, based on sequencing of 360 varieties of the tomato plant, including wild and domesticated species. This study, led by Sanwen Huang of the Institute of Vegetables and Flowers at...Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificScientists Analyze Antioxidant Characteristics of Wild Tomatoes from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Izmir Institute of Technology in Turkey conducted a study to compare the antioxidant traits of wild tomatoes with those of cultivated varieties. The results, published in HortScience, can be used to design breeding programs on improving antioxidant characteristics in elite tomato l...Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800EuropeAtSTO1 Overexpression Leads to Enhanced Salt Tolerance in Poplar of the major abiotic stress conditions affecting the healthy growth of plants is salinity stress. Scientists Shaneka Lawson (USDA Forest Service) and Charles Michler (Purdue University) overexpressed Arabidopsis SALT TOLERANT1 (AtSTO1) gene in poplar to determine if the transgene would confer improved salt tolerance to the generated plants. The...Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchNF-YC from Bermuda Grass to Improve Drought and Salinity in Rice scientists are studying the role of NF-YC, a subunit found in nuclear factor Y (NF-Y) also known as HAP, in the salinity and drought tolerance of transgenic rice. The NF-YC was isolated from bermuda grass and inserted into transgenic rice. These transgenic rice and a wild variety rice, which serves as the control, was then exposed under dro...Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchIsolation and Expression of Antimicrobial Camel Lactoferrin (cLf) Gene in Tobacco have the ability to produce mammalian functional proteins with therapeutic activity, including lactoferrin, a valuable protein commonly found in milk and is important in many physiological processes such as iron transfer and immune response. Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) is the main plant system applied for green bioreactors since it is a leaf...Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800ResearchBio-engineered Yogurt to Replace Colonoscopy in the Future Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Sangeeta Bhatia is making a yogurt that could replace uncomfortable colonoscopies and MRI in diagnosing colorectal cancer. This yogurt contains synthetic molecules that can interact with cancer to produce telltale biomarkers. These molecules can be detected easily when passed in urine. Thus, aft...Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechDeveloping a Bacterial Cold Water Resistant Trout from the USDA Agricultural Research Service's National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture have developed a trout line resistant to bacterial cold water disease caused by Flavobacterium psychrophilum. This pathogen has caused death to young and small cold-fish water and affect the growth and yield of larger fish. Recent findings o...Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechNext Generation Genomics and Integrated Breeding Conference 5th International Conference on Next Generation Genomics and Integrated Breeding (NGGIBCI-2015) for Crop Improvement Where: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) Campus, Greater Hyderabad, India When: February 18-20, 2015 The Conference will have technical sessions with lectures by eminent speakers in the ...Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0800Announcements