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, 6 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0800Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 Goes to Three Laureates for Climate Work 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three Laureates "for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex physical systems" and whose work improved the understanding of the Earth's changing climate. The announcement was made on October 5, 2021.Syukuro Manabe demonstrated how increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmo...Wed, 6 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0800Global"Scientific Consensus" Counters False Beliefs on GM Foods, Study group of experts from Radboud University in The Netherlands documented that informing people of a scientific consensus opposing their false beliefs, especially about genetically modified (GM) foods, can help to correct those beliefs. The strategy can be beneficial in campaigns to counter misinformation about the benefits of GM foods.The researche...Wed, 6 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0800GlobalUSDA Deregulates Corn for Phytase Production Developed Using Genetic Engineering U.S Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the deregulation of a maize variety known as PY203, developed by Agrivida, Inc., to produce phytase enzymes for nutritionally enhanced animal feed. The effective date of deregulation is September 21, 2021.In the document Determination of Nonr...Wed, 6 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasCalyxt to Develop Better Soybean Oil as Palm Oil Alternative, Inc., developer of the high oleic soybean oil Calyno, will be developing another improved soybean capable of producing oil as a commercial alternative to palm oil.The palm oil alternative will be developed with a leading global food ingredient manufacturer in Asia. They aim to improve soybean with better health benefits and with oil that ad...Wed, 6 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasAustralian OGTR Receives License Application for GM Wheat and Barley Field Trial Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a license application (DIR 186) from The University of Adelaide to conduct a field trial of genetically modified (GM) wheat and barley with yield enhancement and improved abiotic stress tolerance.The trial is proposed to take place between April 2022 and January 2027, on a m...Wed, 6 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificUK Government Gets Support of Scientists After Decision To Ease Gene Editing Rules in the United Kingdom are applauding the decision from its government to review regulations around gene editing which could allow the UK to revise the rules on the use of gene editing technologies that can enable changes in an organism's DNA to allow it to become more precise and efficient. This, according to them, is the most significan...Wed, 6 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0800EuropeGenetic Engineering and Beetroot Dye Tomatoes Purple at the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry (IPB) in Halle have used genetic engineering methods to produce purple tomatoes using dye from beetroot.The scientists smuggled the genes for the biosynthesis of betanin into the plants and activated them in the ripening fruits. Betanin is not originally formed in tomatoes and comes from be...Wed, 6 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0800EuropeResearchers Discuss Transporters and Transcription Factors Involved in Rice NUE from the University of Science and Technology of China and partners published a review on the transporters and transcription factor gene families involved in improving nitrogen use efficiency and assimilation in rice. The review is published in Transgenic Research.Nitrogen is one of the macronutrients that govern plant growth. Excessive use...Wed, 6 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0800ResearchImproving Plant Growth and Biomass by GA20ox Overexpression Academy of Science and Technology researchers conducted a study to improve plant growth and biomass production through overexpression of GA20ox gene under the control of a root preferential promoter. The findings are published in Transgenic Research.Overexpression of GA20 oxidase gene is one of the new trends in improving plant growth and b...Wed, 6 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0800ResearchGE Canola That Produces DHA Passes Food and Feed Safety Study from the United States and Australia recently published their work on the food and feed safety study of DHA canola, genetically engineered Brassica napus, which revealed its safety for use in human foods, nutraceuticals or animal feeds. This brings the DHA canola a step closer to being part of a solution to alleviate the high pressure in...Wed, 6 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0800ResearchStudy Reveals Role of OsFtsH2 in Chloroplast Development in Rice from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Zhejiang University used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology to investigate the molecular mechanism of OsFtsH2. The results are reported in BMC Plant Biology.At present, there are nine filamentation temperature-sensitive H (FtsH) proteins found in rice, but their roles remain unknown. Thus, the r...Wed, 6 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding Technologies