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 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0800Bias-language Study About GM Crops Reveals Positive Stance About Genetic Modification group of scientists from the United States and Sweden analyzed peer-reviewed journal articles about genetically modified (GM) crops to determine if they contain language bias affected by social and linguistic factors. Several interesting conclusions were derived, including articles discussing Bt genetic modification corresponded to a positive sta...Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0800GlobalRegulatory and Governance Considerations for Gene Drive Research, in partnership with the Outreach Network for Gene Drive Research and the Biotechnology Information Centers, will be conducting the fourth session of the Gene Drive Webinar Series. The next session titled Regulatory and Governance Considerations for Gene Drive Research will be held on July 22, 2021, at 2 PM Manila (7 AM London/4 PM Sydney) vi...Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0800GlobalNitrogen Use Efficient Rice Getting Closer to Farmers' Fields in Nigeria scientists and partners met in Abuja to commence compiling a dossier for the national performance trial on genetically engineered (GE) rice called nitrogen-efficient, water-efficient, salt-tolerant (NEWEST) rice. The final dossier will be submitted to the National Biosafety Management Agency, which is tasked to regulate GE crops in the cou...Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0800AfricaWild Sorghum Offers Toolbox for Climate-Proof Crops at the Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) Project have developed a much-needed toolkit of previously undescribed genes and traits to help breed more climate-resilient varieties.A study by a research group in Australia used recent advances in gene sequencing and mapping to develop new sorghum populations using crop wild relatives and local variet...Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasUSDA APHIS Proposes Exemption of Gene Modifications Similar to Conventional Breeding from Biotech Regulations US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) is soliciting comments on their proposal to exempt some gene modifications in plants from biotech regulations.According to USDA, the three modifications are similar and functionally equal to modifications that can be achieved through conventional breeding. Th...Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasAustralian Researchers Develop Tools to Identify Plant Genes Resistant to Disease-causing Fungi from The University of Western Australia (UWA) and The UWA Institute of Agriculture in collaboration with the University of Melbourne have developed tools to identify plant genes that are resistant to disease-causing fungi and deploy them to create more resistant crops.The researchers looked at the evolution of the resistance genes agai...Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificWageningen Scientists Unravel Onion Genome from Wageningen University and Research (WUR) have unraveled the onion genome, a breakthrough that will help speed up the development of new onion varieties that are resistant to various stresses such as drought and meet the world's growing demand for onions.Onion is one of the most widely grown vegetables in the world and an important ...Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0800EuropeChinese Scientists Predict Bright Future for Genome Edited Oil Crops from China conducted a review on CRISPR technology and applications on oil crops to determine its prospects in the agricultural and food industry. They are optimistic that genome editing in oil crops would flourish in the near future.The review was conducted to provide references for the better use of CRISPR to modify oil crops for highe...Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesNitrogen Use Efficient Wheat Developed Using CRISPR-Cas9 from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences used CRISPR-Cas9 to boost nitrogen use efficiency and increase the yield potential of wheat. The results are published in the Journal of Integrative Plant Biology.Wheat is an economically important crop, providing food to over 30% of the global population. To improve wheat yield, nitroge...Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesRemodeling the Gene Editing Regulatory Landscape Necessary, Report from the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) call for remodeling of the regulatory landscape to unleash enormous gains in productivity through gene editing in agricultural animals. They highlighted this call in the AAVMC/APLU Gene Editing in Agriculture...Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding Technologies