Biotech Updates

CBU's 7th Set of Borlaug Medal Winners and Ipod Touch Winner

December 10, 2010

Three lucky CBU subscribers comprise the seventh set of winners of the Knowledge Campaign on crop biotechnology, launched by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). They are Peter Harkett, Managing Director of Alpha Agronomy in the United Kingdom; Medhat Ali, Professor at Ain-Shams University, Egypt; and Breno Xavier Goncalves, student at the Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil. They will each get a bronze duplicate of the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Congressional Gold Medal and are eligible for the grand draw of a netbook on December 31, 2010. Three medals will be drawn every week until the end of the year.

On the other hand, Scientist Mangesh Dudhe (shown in the picture together with his students) from the Directorate of Oil Research located in Hyderabad, India won an Ipod Touch for the 'Invite A Friend' Contest of the CBU, which was drawn last November 15, 2010.

Through an e-mail, Dudhe said: "I am extremely happy to get felicitated as a winner from the Knowledge Campaign. I and my friends found the weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) extremely useful because it enables us to remain updated with the current advances in the field of agri-biotechnology. I am thankful to my students and other colleagues in my various e-groups who responded to the CBU URL link, I sent them."

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) launched a Knowledge Campaign which will run until December 31, 2010. The Knowledge Campaign for "A million healing hands to help a billion hungry" is dedicated to Dr. Norman Borlaug, 1970 Nobel Peace Laureate who was the founding patron of ISAAA. With his full support and initiative, ISAAA established theGlobal Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology in 2000 in the Philippines with active nodes called Biotechnology Information Centers (BICs) in 24 countries globally. ISAAA and its global family of BICs are celebrating a decade of success in spearheading the sharing of knowledge and capacity building on crop biotechnology to help alleviate poverty in developing countries.

ISAAA has institutionalized the sharing of knowledge on crop biotechnology by creating and distributing a weekly email-based newsletter Crop Biotech Update (CBU) which summarizes the latest world developments in agriculture, food and crop biotechnology relevant to developing countries. CBU is now distributed to over 850,000 subscribers in 200 countries and the campaign hopes to up the figures to 1 Million by December 31, 2010. ISAAA urges people participation by simply enrolling, without cost or obligation, 1 to 5 email addresses, or preferably more, of their co-professionals, and colleagues including students until December 31, 2010. To participate, log on to ISAAA Knowledge Campaign at,asp.