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, 12 May 2021 17:00:00 +0800Nutrition Expert Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted is 2021 World Food Prize Awardee World Food Prize Foundation has announced on May 11, 2021, that leading nutrition expert Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted is the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate for her achievements in pioneering fish-based food systems to improve nutrition, health, and livelihoods for millions around the world.Dr. Thilsted becomes the seventh woman to be awar...Wed, 12 May 2021 17:00:00 +0800GlobalSarah Evanega Wins 2021 Borlaug CAST Communication Award Sarah Evanega, founding director of the Cornell Alliance for Science, has been hailed by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) as the 2021 Borlaug CAST Communication Awardee.Dr. Evanega's efforts in leadership were recognized, particularly in leading the Alliance, a global initiative involving an international network of sc...Wed, 12 May 2021 17:00:00 +0800GlobalISAAA Webinar: Science and Opportunities for Biotech (GE and GEd) Poultry in Food and Agriculture engineering and gene editing allow scientists to improve the characteristics of living organisms, including poultry. Thus, these tools provide solutions and opportunities in food and agriculture. ISAAA will hold a webinar on Science and Opportunities for Biotech (GE and GEd) Poultry in Food and Agriculture on May 13, 2021, at 12 PM GMT+8 vi...Wed, 12 May 2021 17:00:00 +0800GlobalFirst GM Mosquitoes Deployed in the United States field test in Florida released the first genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes to assess a method in controlling the spread of diseases that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes may carry such as Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya, and Yellow Fever.GM A. aegypti mosquito eggs were placed in a box at six locations in the Florida Keys. About 12,000 male mosquitoes are e...Wed, 12 May 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasResearchers Identify 11 Genes for Carotenoid Traits in Corn Kernels Diepenbrock, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California Davis, and researchers from Cornell, Michigan State, Purdue, and North Carolina State Universities have collaborated to identify and thoroughly dissect 11 genes underpinning natural variation in levels of carotenoids, including those wi...Wed, 12 May 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasTraceable Drought-Tolerant Wheat Products Set for Argentina, Brazil Consumers wheat products using drought-tolerant HB4 wheat will soon become available to consumers in Brazil and Argentina. These wheat products will also be fully traceable by consumers through a farm-to-fork strategy secured on blockchain technology.The initiative aims to significantly reduce carbon footprint and other environmental positive ext...Wed, 12 May 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasSouth Australia Plants GM Crops after Lifting Ban in South Australia (SA) have started sowing genetically modified (GM) crops following the lifting of their 16-year-old ban on GM crops.GM canola and Bt cotton were the first genetically engineered crops approved for growth in SA. Farmers have begun dry-sowing GM canola crops despite below-average rainfall in March and April. They were hopin...Wed, 12 May 2021 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificPhilippine Government Continues Capacity Enhancement Training for Regulators partnered with the Philippine Department of Agriculture Biotech Program Office (DA-BPO) to conduct the Level 1C of the track-specific ladderized training program under the Progressive Manpower Enhancement Program (PMEP). The online workshop intended to help Philippine regulators understand how crop and animal biotech products in the Philippin...Wed, 12 May 2021 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificResearch Team Discovers Gene Combination that Gives Oats Resistance to Root Disease team of researchers led by Professor Anne Osbourn at the John Innes Centre has successfully traced the remaining last steps of the biological pathway that makes oats resist a deadly crop disease, creating opportunities for new ways of building up the defense for wheat and other cereals against the soil-borne root disease.Experiments to establish ...Wed, 12 May 2021 17:00:00 +0800EuropeScientists Boost Recombinant Protein Production in Soybean Seeds from Jilin Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Jilin Normal University in China used polypeptide fusion strategy to study the capacity of the elastin-like polypeptide (ELP) and γ-zein fusions in boosting the production of recombinant protein in soybean seeds. The results are published in Transgenic Research.Soybeans are considered ...Wed, 12 May 2021 17:00:00 +0800ResearchRothamsted Research Submits Application to Defra for Field Trial of Gene-Edited Wheat Research has applied to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for a license to conduct field trials of gene-edited (GEd) wheat. This application follows the previous Rothamsted Research trials for GM wheat and camelina across two sites in Hertfordshire and Suffolk over the last 10 years.The project involves wheat...Wed, 12 May 2021 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesThe Regulatory Landscape for Genome-edited Plants is Rapidly Changing, Experts Say in regulations of genome-edited plants are rapidly changing and continue to evolve as more countries firm up their regulatory policies. This is according to the Transgenic Research article authored by international biotech experts.The article presents the latest legal and regulatory developments in various jurisdictions including Canad...Wed, 12 May 2021 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding Technologies