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, 25 Nov 2020 17:00:00 +0800Online Animal Biotech Discourses Cover Market and Public Readiness webinar series on Regulatory Approaches for Agricultural and Food Applications of Animal Biotechnology continues on to inform a wide range of audiences about the developments of animal biotechnology research and progress across the globe. The last session focused on moving towards the market and public acceptance.Session 6 concluded last week w...Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:00:00 +0800GlobalInternational Research Group Confirms Contribution of Bioenergy to Climate Change Mitigation study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) refutes the argument that biofuels are not sustainable because the conversion of non-agricultural land to grow energy crops could lead to a significant initial decrease in carbon storage, creating what is known as a "biofuel carbon debt". The study reveals that the gree...Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:00:00 +0800GlobalFAO Urges G20 to Support Farmers, Protect the Vulnerable and Invest in Innovation and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Director-General, QU Dongyu, called on G20 members to address the impacts of COVID-19 on agri-food systems by boosting farmers' productivity, scaling up social protection mechanisms, and investing in digital innovation."It is essential for the G20 to keep working on preventing this healt...Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:00:00 +0800GlobalOFAB Nigeria Celebrates Exemplary Science Journalism Federal Government of Nigeria is counting on agricultural technology to help deliver food security solutions and address challenges brought by climate change. In his speech during this year's Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB)-Nigeria Media Awards, Nigeria‘s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Alhaji Sabo Nanono...Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:00:00 +0800AfricaInternational Research Team Identifies Genetics Behind Deadly Oat Blight international research team from Cornell University, The University of Western Australia, and The Australian National University have identified the genetic mechanisms behind the production of Victorin, a deadly toxin that causes Victoria blight of oats, a disease that wiped out oat crops in the U.S. in the 1940s. The researchers found that Vict...Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:00:00 +0800AmericasStudy Details Efforts to Predict Corn Traits Based on Genomic and Data Analytics new study published in Plant Biotechnology Journal details the efforts of Iowa State University agronomy professor Jianming Yu in predicting corn traits based on genomics and data analytics. Yu has devoted much of his research into "turbo charging" the seemingly endless amount of genetic stocks contained in the world's seed banks.The study focuse...Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:00:00 +0800AmericasResearchers Reveal Switch Used in Plant Defense against Animal Attack from the University of California San Diego have detected the first key biological receptor that serves as an alarm in plants that triggers when herbivores attack them. This receptor functions like the immune system of humans to counter viruses in the body. The results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science...Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:00:00 +0800AmericasGiant Virus Genomes Found Riding on Algae Genomes the discovery of large viruses that can be seen with a standard microscope, another study shows that these humongous parasites inject a variety of their genes into their host's genome.Common viruses are too small to be seen by a standard microscope and don't have enough genes to survive without a host. They reproduce by having the host replica...Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:00:00 +0800AmericasBiotech Experts to Tackle the Role of Biotech in Indonesia's Food Security invites all Indonesian stakeholders to the webinar The Role of Biotechnology in Supporting Food Security in Indonesia to be held on November 27, 2020, at 3:15 PM (GMT+7) via Zoom. Most of the talks will be delivered in Bahasa Indonesia.During this ISAAA webinar, agricultural economist Graham Brookes of PG Economics will share the highlights ...Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificEFSA Publishes Scientific Opinion on Two-Event Stack Soybean DAS-81419-2 × DAS-44406-6 European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) has released the Scientific Opinion on application EFSA‐GMO‐NL‐2016‐132 for authorization of genetically modified insect resistant and herbicide tolerant soybean DAS-81419-2 × DAS-44406-6 for food and feed uses, import, and processi...Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:00:00 +0800EuropeGM Maize Feed Safe For Quails Chinese research team published the results of their feeding study involving Japanese quails fed with transgenic maize. They concluded that the genetically modified (GM) maize is a safe food source for the quails.The Japanese quails were used for a 49-day feeding study to determine if GM maize strain C0030.3.5 will have an effect on the quail's b...Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:00:00 +0800ResearchGmMYB3a Overexpression Improves Drought Tolerance in Peanuts from Jilin Academy of Agricultural Sciences in China used genetic transformation to develop peanuts that can withstand drought without hampering productivity. The results are published in Transgenic Research. Peanut is planted in many countries because it is a good source of protein and edible oil. However, peanut production is often im...Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:00:00 +0800Research