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 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800Agri Research Centers to Mine Genetic Treasure in Seed Banks gene banks will cease from simply serving as storage of plant seeds, but will now be used to find traits that can be utilized to develop better crop varieties. The new initiative, called DivSeek aims to unlock the potential of crop diversity stored in gene banks around the world and make it available to all so that it can be used to im...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800GlobalNAS Holds Workshop on Communicating about GMOs National Academy of Sciences conducted a two-day workshop on how to communicate about genetically modified organisms (GMO) to the public. The workshop was held on January 15-16, 2015 in Washington, DC. The workshop was attended by life science researchers and featured speakers who are experts on science communication. The speakers, including Di...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasUSDA Deregulates Dicamba-Tolerant Cotton and Soybean U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced its decision to deregulate Monsanto's Dicamba-tolerant trait technologies –Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans and Bollgard II® XtendFlex™ cotton. The decision will be published in the Federal Register in the near future. Robb Fraley, Monsanto's...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800AmericasCLCV Resistant Varieties of GM Cotton Being Investigated to Boost Cotton Yield in Pakistan Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV) was the largest impediment to cotton maximization which has been overcome to some extent in Pakistan, but it is still a hurdle for high yield of cotton crop. Sources at the Ministry of Textile Industry said that the government has taken various measures to upgrade cotton production. CLCV resistant varieties of GM cotto...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificGM Rice Reduces Pesticide Use and Improves Farmer Health in China, Study the analysis of the data collected from the physical examination of Chinese farmers, a study shows that GM rice significantly decreases pesticide use and adverse effects on farmers' neurological, hematological, and electrolyte system. The study is published in Science China Life Sciences journal. General health and blood examinations of 109...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificPlant Scientists Show Real Time Images of Plant Response to Disease and Damages interdisciplinary team from the United Kingdom, France, and Switzerland, has produced real time images of what happens when plants beat off insects and respond to disease and damage. Their research, published in Nature Communications, focused on the plant hormone jasmonic acid, a defense compound which is released during insect attack and contro...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800EuropeTranscriptional Responses in Soybean Reproductive Tissues to Ozone Stress ozone (O3) is a secondary air pollutant and a greenhouse gas that can damage plant productivity in high concentrations. Soybean (Glycine max L. Merr.) is a crop sensitive to O3 and current ground-level O3 concentrations are estimated to reduce global soybean yields significantly. To understand transcriptional mechanisms of yield loss i...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800ResearchCell Wall Traits for a FHB Resistant Durum Wheat head blight (FHB) is a major fungal disease in durum wheat caused by Fusarium gramineum. FHB infected durum wheat suffers grain yield losses and reduced quality. With this problem, researchers from Sapienza Università di Roma, University of Bari "Aldo Moro" and Iowa State University conducted a study on durum wheat to increase its resistan...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800ResearchDNA Sequencing Technology in Understanding Antibiotic Resistance development of superbugs becomes an issue due to its threats to human health. This is due to the increased antibiotic resistance of certain infectious organisms such as bacteria affecting the safety of animal and the quality of its products. With this, Colorado State University researchers, Dr. Paul Morey and Dr. Keith Belk are leading the stud...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800Beyond Crop BiotechThe Plant Genomics Congress Plant Genomics Congress: Asia. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 19-20 March 2015 Agenda out now! Since the Plant Genomics Congress was first launched, 1,500 people have attended this meeting on three continents. These meetings have been noted both for the quality of the scientific content of the presentations and for the opportunity to network with leadi...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800AnnouncementsWorld Congress on Roots and Tuber Crops World Congress on Root and Tuber Crops (3rd Scientific Conference of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) and 17th Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops) will be held in Nanning, China on October 5-10, 2015. For details on registration, program, and accommodation presented at the second announceme...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800AnnouncementsTaking Root: Global Trends in Agricultural Biotechnology Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has released a discussion paper "Taking Root: Global Trends in Agricultural Biotechnology", authored by Calestous Juma and Katherine Gordon, Director and Project Coordinator, respectively, of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School. The paper reviews the ev...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800Document RemindersNAL's Search Engine for Published USDA Research National Agricultural Library (NAL) launched PubAg, an online database of published research conducted by US Department of Agriculture scientists. PubAg contains over 40,000 scholarly articles released from 1997-2014. PubAg has been designed to be easy to use and to serve diverse users including the public, farmers, scientists, academicians and...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800Document RemindersAg Biotech Vietnam Conducts Biotech Quiz Contest at Northwestern University Biotech Vietnam, in collaboration with the Faculty of Biology and Chemistry of the Northwestern University, organized a biotech quiz contest bearing the theme "Learning the biotechnology applications in agriculture 2014 ". The contest had two components: multiple choice test and ideas presentation. Contest participants include students from Fac...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800From the BICsUBIC Conducts 2nd Biotech Internship for Students Biotechnology Information Center (UBIC) organized a one-week biotechnology internship programme for students from secondary schools and tertiary institutions who submitted winning essays in the National Biotechnology Essay Writing Contest in 2014. The activity was held from January 11-16, 2015. The key objective of the one-week training was ...Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0800From the BICs