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, 27 May 2020 17:00:00 +0800Study Puts End to Intense Scientific Debate on Peanut's Origin 2019, researchers from The University of Western Australia, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University sequenced the peanut's complex genome. At the same time, researchers from the International Peanut Genome Initiative also made the breakthrough in sequencing th...Wed, 27 May 2020 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificSurvey Shows Most Australians Don't Know the Difference Between Bacterial and Viral Infections survey conducted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in March 2020 reveals that 92% of Australians don't know the difference between bacterial and viral infections.The survey was carried out to 2,217 adults as part of Outbreak, a multi-agency project aiming to prevent outbreaks caused by antibiotic resistan...Wed, 27 May 2020 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificFSANZ Rules GM Potatoes Are Safe, Calls the Public to Comment genetically modified (GM) potato lines have passed the evaluation of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). They announced that there are no potential public health and safety concerns with the said potatoes.The two potatoes are derived from Innate potato lines V11 and Z6. The former has reduced acrylamide potential and reduced brown...Wed, 27 May 2020 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificResearchers Find Genes to Save Ash Trees from Deadly Beetles international research team has identified candidate genes that could help protect ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a deadly pest that is expected to kill billions of trees worldwide. Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew sequenced the genomes of 22 species of ash tree (Fraxinus) from arou...Wed, 27 May 2020 17:00:00 +0800EuropeGenetic Discovery Explains Barley's Sodium Tolerance collaboration between plant scientists from the University of Nottingham and Barley Hub at the James Hutton Institute and colleagues in Australia has helped identify a natural variation in a gene that influences sodium content in barley crops, a finding that could help in the development of barley varieties with improved yield and resilience.Prof...Wed, 27 May 2020 17:00:00 +0800EuropeBumblebees Poke Leaves to Help Flowers Bloom Faster from Switzerland's Department of Environmental Systems Sciences found bumblebee's secret to accelerating flower production when there is pollen shortage: bite the plant's leaves.According to their research article in Science, three species of bumblebees use their mouthparts in a characteristic way to damage mustard and tomato leaves lead...Wed, 27 May 2020 17:00:00 +0800EuropeProtein Found to Switch on Part of Plant's Drought Defense protein is a key component of plant cell walls. Its physiological function remains to be a mystery, thus a team of scientists investigated its effects on a plant's response to drought.Scientists from the Washington State University, Princeton University, and Université Côte d'Azur collaborated to study the MAP20 and test its functions through...Wed, 27 May 2020 17:00:00 +0800ResearchExperts Identify Genome Editing and Other Innovations to Accelerate Food System Transition international team of almost 50 experts identified 75 emerging innovations and 8 action points that can help speed up the transition to a sustainable and healthy food system. Their recommendations are published in Nature Food.At present, 40 percent of global land is used for food production, which contributes to land-use change, biodiversity los...Wed, 27 May 2020 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding Technologies