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, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800FAO Seeks to Bridge Gap between Agri and Forestry to Improve Food Security is known to be the most influential driver of global deforestation, but positive interactions between agriculture and forestry are achievable and necessary to build sustainable agricultural systems and enhance food security. This is the main point of the publication titled The State of World Forests (SOFO), released by the Food and Agri...Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800GlobalBecA Director Asks Scientists to Tell the World about their Research Appolinaire Djikeng, Director of the Biosciences east and central Africa hub at the International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) has urged scientists in the region to communicate more about their valuable biosciences research outputs.Speaking at a science communication workshop held at the Nairobi ILRI campus on June 28-29, 2016, Djik...Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800AfricaKenyan Senator Urges Adoption of GM Crops in the Country Education Committee Chairman, Honorable Daniel Karaba, has urged Kenya to take up biotechnology to boost food security. Speaking at a biotech communication and sensitization training for journalists and extension officers held on July 7-8, 2016 at Mountain Breeze Hotel in Embu County, Eastern Kenya, Hon. Karaba said that countries that had e...Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800AfricaScientists Share Advances in Alfalfa Genome Research team of researchers from the Noble Foundation, University of Minnesota, and the National Center for Genome Resources reports new developments in sequencing the alfalfa genome on July 13 at the North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Maria Monteros, Noble Foundation associate professor in legume breeding said that ...Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800AmericasU.S. House of Representatives Passes GM Food Labeling Bill farmers, producers, and other agri-business stakeholders welcomed the passage of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard by the House of Representatives. The legislation is expected to provide a transparent and uniform national food labeling standard. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed and passed into a la...Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800AmericasHerbicide Resistance Predates GM Crops, Says Weed Scientists resistance has been blamed to glyphosate use in genetically engineered crops. However, the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) reports that herbicide resistance predates genetically engineered crops by 40 years. According to a WSSA press release, while 2016 marks only the 20th anniversary of glyphosate resistant crops, 2017 will mark t...Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800AmericasResearch Team Explains How Plants Can Grow on Saline Soils from the University of Würzburg in Germany have examined how plants regulate their salt intake. Salt consists of the cation sodium and the anion chloride. Higher doses of chloride in saline soils have toxic effects on plant development. However, plants need the anion nitrate as a nitrogen source to build proteins and multiply their DNA. ...Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800EuropeInternational Team of Scientists Release Whole Genomes and Epigenomes of More than 1,000 Arabidopsis Plants cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) is a favored research subject for plant science. Much of today's knowledge about the inner workings of plants comes from studies in this unimposing, but globally distributed weed. In a major milestone, the "1001 Genome Project", led by Detlef Weigel from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübing...Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800EuropeSAPK9 Improves Drought Tolerance and Grain Yield in Rice members of the sucrose non-fermenting 1-related kinase 2 (SnRK2) family make up the core of abscisic acid (ABA)-dependent and -independent signaling pathways, and are also involved in regulating abiotic stress response in plants. The team of Avishek Dey of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur recently characterized the SAPK9 gene, a SnR...Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800ResearchAgrobacterium rhizogenes Genes Induce Dwarfism in Arabidopsis transformation using the Ri plasmid T-DNA of Agrobacterium rhizogenes is a promising technique for developing compact plants. However, knowledge of this technique is still limited. The rolB and ORF13 genes of A. rhizogenes show promise in breeding, but have not been studied. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark evaluated t...Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800ResearchOverexpression of Alfalfa TMT Increases α-Tocopherol content in Arabidopsis Seeds E is an essential vitamin obtained from diet for proper growth and development. γ-tocopherol methyltransferase (γ-TMT) which catalyzes the conversion of δ- and γ-tocopherols into β- and α-tocopherols, respectively, is the final enzyme involved in the vitamin E pathway. Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Ag...Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800ResearchScientists to Harness Plant Microbiome to Improve Food Supply from Duke University are exploring on how to manipulate plant microbiome to increase food supply. Plants, similar to the human body, are inhabited by millions of microscopic bacteria and fungi which affect plant health, growth, and development. Previous findings have exhibited that plant's genes can manipulate the microbiome in the lab, ...Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechResearchers Develop First Step Toward Controlled Gene Therapy ability to switch disease-causing genes on and off remains a fantasy. However, a team of researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg may have just turned this into reality. Led by Dr. Mazahir T. Hasan, the team has programmed a virus to transport the necessary genetic mat...Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechGM Mosquitoes Reduce Dengue Fever Cases by 91% in Piracicaba, Brazil year after the genetically modified Friendly™ Aedes mosquitoes were launched in Piracicaba, Brazil, the Epidemiologic Surveillance service released new data which showed a 91% reduction in dengue fever cases in the CECAP/El Dorado District. Dengue fever cases decreased to just 12 in 2015/2016, against the 133 cases in the previous year. According...Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop Biotech2nd International and 14th National Iranian Crop Science Congress 2nd International and 14th National Iranian Crop Science CongressWhere: University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran When: August 30 - September 1, 2016 For more information, visit the event website....Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0800Announcements