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 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800Liebert Features Women in Biotechnology Law and Regulation special feature on Women in Biotechnology Law and Regulation was published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. as part of their Biotechnology Law Report. This is the first of the series listing the key women with significant contributions in the fields of biotechnology law and regulation. One of the 23 featured women is Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan, Executive...Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800GlobalAgri-biotech and Biosafety Communication Training in Malawi International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA AfriCenter), in conjunction with the National Commission of Science and Technology in Malawi (NCST), and the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS) conducted a science communications training workshop for different biotech stakeholders in Malawi. As of October 2014, Mala...Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800AfricaBacterial Protein Activates Rice Immune System's immune responses against bacterial blight have been studied by a team of researchers led by University of California Professor Pamela Ronald. Bacterial blight is caused by Xanthomonas oryzae pv oryzae (Xoo), which causes great losses in crops. In the study, the researchers were able to identify a bacterial protein responsible for the activat...Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasUSDA APHIS Deregulates Enlist Cotton Trait USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) deregulates herbicide tolerant cotton (Enlist™ cotton) developed by Dow Agrosciences. The decision is based on the final plant pest risk assessment (PPRA), which showed that the GE cotton is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agriculture and other plants in the country; and the environm...Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasGM Rice Produces High Yield, Less GHG Emissions University of Agricultural Sciences researcher Chuanxin Sun and team from different institutions developed rice plants producing higher yields and lesser greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The results of their study were published in Nature. The new rice variety was engineered to express a gene from barley, which makes the plant produce lesser...Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasU.S. House of Representatives Passes Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act U.S. House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 with a 275-150 vote on July 23, 2015. The following day, the bill was received in the Senate. The Act states that the Food and Drug Administration must allow, but not require, GMO food to be labeled as GMO. Once passed as a law, it will set up a harmonized, sci...Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasIndia's PM Modi Releases ICAR 'Vision 2050' Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi released the ICAR Vision 2050 document during the 87th Foundation Day of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in Patna, Bihar on July 25, 2015. ICAR Vision 2050 presents a roadmap for food, nutrition and livelihood security to tackle future challenges of India's agriculture sector. Prime M...Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificOGTR Receives License Application for Commercial Release of GM Canola Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a license application (DIR 139) from Pioneer Hi-Bred Australia for commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) canola. DIR 139 is for commercial release of the herbicide tolerant GM canola variety Optimum™ GLY. Pioneer is seeking approval to cultivate the GM canola in all canol...Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificPhilippine Region 2 Farmers Eager to Grow Bt Eggplant than a hundred farmers and agriculture stakeholders from the Cagayan Valley region of the Philippines affirmed their support for Bt eggplant during the Public Dialogue on Bt Eggplant held on July 22, 2015 at the Department of Agriculture's (DA) Cagayan Valley Regional Experiment Station in Isabela. The farmers signed a declaration of support f...Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificTurkish Biosafety Board Approves 5 Biotech Traits's Official Gazette for July 16, 2015 published the Biosafety Board Decisions on the import of genetically modified crops for feed use. The Board approved 3 corn (MIR604, MON863, and T25) and 2 soybean (MON87701 and MON87701 x MON89788) events and their products for feed use only. The announcement also included a decision regarding an amendme...Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800EuropeOverexpression of Stress-Associated Protein from Rice Increases Salt Tolerance in Arabidopsis stress-associated protein (SAP) family has been found to provide salinity stress tolerance in plants. Zamri Zainal of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and a team of researchers studied SAP MR219, a SAP member induced by salinity stresses.Analysis of the SAP MR219 cDNA clone isolated from Oryza sativa var. MR219 revealed that its gene product ...Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800ResearchRice Allelle Early flowering1 Affects Spikelet Fertility through Gibberellic Acid Signaling acid (GA) affects the development of floral organs, especially male organs. Many studies of GA signaling have concentrated on its effect on anther development, but not on grain production. Seoul National University's researchers studied the effect of GA signaling on grain production.Researchers generated lines that are homozygous for th...Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800ResearchTOPLESS Plants Give Insights in Human Signaling Mechanisms Andel Research Institute (VARI) scientists conducted a study of a plant protein TOPLESS (TPL), responsible for regulating development and stress responses in plants. TPL has also been found to be involved in hormone signaling through its interaction with other molecules responsible for switching genes off. Hence, VARI scientists examined this ...Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechISAAA Releases New Myths and Facts Booklet releases Biotech Booklet 4, Myths and Facts about Agricultural Biotechnology. The booklet answers 10 myths on agricultural biotech, providing facts and data relevant to each topic.The research for the illustrated booklet was done by Regina Rocero of Puzzled Owl CCEM Co. It is available for download at the ISAAA website....Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800Document RemindersISAAA Report Launched in Ivory Coast AfriCenter in partnership with the Ivorian Agricultural Research Institute (Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA), and CropLife West Africa launched the ISAAA annual global status report on GM crops (Brief 49) on June 16, 2015 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Some 56 participants, among them, scientists, journalists, civil society, farmer r...Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0800From the BICs