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Australian OGTR Issues License for Commercial Release of Herbicide Tolerant Cotton
01 December 2020

Australian OGTR Issues License for Commercial Release of Herbicide Tolerant Cotton.

 

 

 

2020 marks 20 years since opening of the Millenium Seed Bank at Kew, UK
27 November 2020

2020 marks 20 years since opening of the Millenium Seed Bank at Kew, UK.

 

 

 

CRISPR gene-editing technology to protect bananas and other staple crops across Africa against killer pathogens
24 November 2020

CRISPR gene-editing technology to protect bananas and other staple crops across Africa against killer pathogens.
Image credit: JN Tripathi

 

 

 

Safeguarding a global seed heritage from Syria to Svalbard
20 November 2020

Safeguarding a global seed heritage from Syria to Svalbard.
Image credit: NordGen

 

 

 

GM insect-resistant Bt cotton boosted India’s crop yields? Activist study says no, but crop biotech experts say yes
16 November 2020

GM insect-resistant Bt cotton boosted India’s crop yields? Activist study says no, but crop biotech experts say yes.
Image credit: India Times

 

 

 

More than 280 scientific and technical institutions support the safety of GM crops
13 November 2020

More than 280 scientific and technical institutions support the safety of GM crops.

 

 

 

A Common Plant Virus Is an Unlikely Ally in the War on Cancer
10 November 2020

A Common Plant Virus Is an Unlikely Ally in the War on Cancer.

 

 

 

Greenpeace-funded study backfires, undermining case to treat gene-edited crops as GMOs
06 November 2020

Greenpeace-funded study backfires, undermining case to treat gene-edited crops as GMOs.

 

 

 

Bt cotton, yields and farmers’ benefits
03 November 2020

Bt cotton, yields and farmers’ benefits.

 

 

 

New technology accelerates crop improvement with CRISPR
30 October 2020

New technology accelerates crop improvement with CRISPR.

 

 

 

GM crops can slash Africa’s pesticide use: Insect-resistant cowpea field trial shows farmers how
27 October 2020

GM crops can slash Africa’s pesticide use: Insect-resistant cowpea field trial shows farmers how.

 

 

 

Pink pineapples are finally available for purchase — but they’re not cheap
23 October 2020

Pink pineapples are finally available for purchase — but they’re not cheap.

Image Credit: TODAY

 

No evidence GMO chestnut trees harm humans, animals or the environment, developers tell USDA
20 October 2020

No evidence GMO chestnut trees harm humans, animals or the environment, developers tell USDA.

 

 

 

Gene Editing Improves Drought Tolerance in Tomato
16 October 2020

Gene Editing Improves Drought Tolerance in Tomato.

 

 

 

There’s no such thing as a ‘GMO,’ and the history of potatoes illustrates why the term is ‘nonsensical’
12 October 2020

There’s no such thing as a ‘GMO,’ and the history of potatoes illustrates why the term is ‘nonsensical’.

 

 

 

Scientists Identify New Resistance Gene to Potato Disease that Caused Irish Famine
09 October 2020

Scientists Identify New Resistance Gene to Potato Disease that Caused Irish Famine.

 

 

 

Burkina Faso renews commitment to GM crops with Bt cowpea
06 October 2020

Burkina Faso renews commitment to GM crops with Bt cowpea.

 

 

 

Indian farmers can’t wait anymore, they are sowing seeds of GM crops one Bt brinjal at a time
02 October 2020

Indian farmers can’t wait anymore, they are sowing seeds of GM crops one Bt brinjal at a time

 

 

 

Gene-edited algae could help cut biodiesel production costs
29 September 2020

Gene-edited algae could help cut biodiesel production costs

 

 

 

Gene editing could improve productivity traits in water buffalo
25 September 2020

Gene editing could improve productivity traits in water buffalo

 

 

 

How precautionary activism and reporting paint a misleading picture of biotechnology
24 September 2020

How precautionary activism and reporting paint a misleading picture of biotechnology

Image credit: Chris Labrooy

 

 

 

Why grow GMOs? To prevent cancer, pesticide poisoning and farmer suicides
24 September 2020

Why grow GMOs? To prevent cancer, pesticide poisoning and farmer suicides.

 

 

 

Philippines rollout of insect-resistant Bt eggplant expected to dramatically increase farmer profits
18 September 2020

Philippines rollout of insect-resistant Bt eggplant expected to dramatically increase farmer profits.

 

 

 

PH Government Grants GM Corn Seeds, Farm Inputs to Farmers Association’s Model Farm
16 September 2020

PH Government Grants GM Corn Seeds, Farm Inputs to Farmers Association’s Model Farm.

 

 

 

The evolving landscape around genome editing in agriculture
11 September 2020

The evolving landscape around genome editing in agriculture.

 

 

 

Chile poised to tackle food shortages and climate change with ‘Golden Apple’ and other CRISPR-edited crops
10 September 2020

Chile poised to tackle food shortages and climate change with ‘Golden Apple’ and other CRISPR-edited crops.

 

 

 

Indian Govt nod for field trials of two indigenous types of genetically modified brinjal
09 September 2020

Indian Govt nod for field trials of two indigenous types of genetically modified brinjal.

 

 

 

South Korea’s First Genome Edited Petunia Approved in the U.S.
04 September 2020

South Korea’s First Genome Edited Petunia Approved in the U.S.

 

 

 

Experts Review Potential of Plant-Based Edible Vaccines
02 September 2020

Experts Review Potential of Plant-Based Edible Vaccines.

 

 

 

Rainfed GMO insect-resistant Bt cotton in India cuts pesticide use 28 percent, study finds
01 September 2020

Rainfed GMO insect-resistant Bt cotton in India cuts pesticide use 28 percent, study finds.

 

 

 

Video: What are the risks and benefits of animal gene editing?
21 August 2020

Video: What are the risks and benefits of animal gene editing?

 

 

 

Indian scientists call out anti-GMO groups trying to block insect-resistant Bt eggplant safety field trials
19 August 2020

Indian scientists call out anti-GMO groups trying to block insect-resistant Bt eggplant safety field trials.

 

 

 

Why grow GMOs? Because plants don’t naturally evolve into food fit for humans
11 August 2020

Why grow GMOs? Because plants don’t naturally evolve into food fit for humans.

 

 

 

Fast-growing GMO salmon poised to hit US stores in 2020
29 July 2020

Fast-growing GMO salmon poised to hit US stores in 2020.

 

 

 

ISAAA launches open-access page for Genome Editing Resources to disseminate the information collected from authentic sources
24 July 2020

ISAAA launches open-access page for Genome Editing Resources to disseminate the information collected from authentic sources.

 

 

 

Researchers Turn to CRISPR Genome Editing to Make Cyanide-Free Cassava
23 July 2020

Researchers Turn to CRISPR Genome Editing to Make Cyanide-Free Cassava.

 

 

 

Viewpoint: Calling gene-edited crops ‘natural’ won’t dispel public skepticism. Here’s a better way to build trust in CRISPR
21 July 2020

Viewpoint: Calling gene-edited crops ‘natural’ won’t dispel public skepticism. Here’s a better way to build trust in CRISPR by Christopher Preston, Trine Antonsen.

Image Credit: C&EN/Shutterstock

 

 

 

Viewpoint: Fish farming has a sustainability problem and genetic engineering might be the solution
15 July 2020

Fish farming has a sustainability problem and genetic engineering might be the solution by Rupesh Paudyal.

 

 

 

Facing disease crisis, Ugandan farmers say they’ll illegally grow GMO cassava to feed their families, increase yields
08 July 2020

Facing disease crisis, Ugandan farmers say they’ll illegally grow GMO cassava to feed their families, increase yields.

Image credit: Durrie Bouscaren/St. Louis Public Radio

 

 

 

Tailor-made climate-ready and nutrient-dense rice
03 July 2020

Precision breeding has tailor-made new rice varieties will combat the double burden of malnutrition and a pesticide-free environment.

 

 

 

Eight GM plant species pass safety tests for import in China
30 June 2020

Eight GM plant species pass safety tests for import in China.

 

 

 

GMO skeptics abuse UN Biodiversity Conference to promote anti-biotech agenda
25 June 2020

Viewpoint: GMO skeptics abuse UN Biodiversity Conference to promote anti-biotech agenda.

 

 

 

Maharashtra farmers intensify pro-GM crops stir in India
23 June 2020

With thousands of farmers sowing GM cotton, soya bean, BT brinjal and corn seeds, the Shetkari Sanghatana (Farmers’ Organization) of Maharashtra in India has intensified its agitation against the ban on GM crops.

 

 

 

 

Guidance on Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Nutrition and Health
19 June 2020

In the midst of COVID-19, WHO published a comprehensive document on Guidance on mainstreaming biodiversity for nutrition and health.

 

 

 

Top 5 Biotech Crops Occupy 99% of Global Biotech Crop Area
15 June 2020

‘In 2018, a total of 70 countries adopted biotech crops — 26 countries planted and 44 additional countries imported.’

 

 

 

Insect-resistant Bt cotton failed in India, claims ‘unprecedented’ study
10 June 2020

Insect-resistant Bt cotton failed in India, claims ‘unprecedented’ study. Prominent geneticist says anti-GMO authors designed study to seed doubt about crop biotech.

 

 

 

FSANZ Rules GM Potatoes Are Safe, Calls the Public to Comment
29 MAY 2020

Two 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 evolving landscape around genome editing in agriculture
27 MAY 2020

Genome editing is revolutionizing plant science and its applications in agriculture. In its simplest form, it can generate specific genetic variants that are indistinguishable from naturally evolved variants. The legislation and regulation of genome‐edited plants in many countries is similarly evolving rapidly to adapt to the new technologies.

 

 

Biodiversity: a building block for a healthier future
25 MAY 2020

The slogan of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity, “Our solutions are in nature,” stresses the importance of working together at all levels to build a healthy and sustainable future, in harmony with nature.

 

 

 

Can the gene editing technology known as CRISPR help reduce biodiversity loss worldwide?
15 MAY 2020

There are no perfect or universal solutions to the biodiversity crisis the world is facing. CRISPR “could be such an amazing tool if we are respectful [and] responsible and use it properly.

Image:Markus G. Stetter, Daniel J. Gates, Wenbin Mei, Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra via Current Biology, Volume 27, Issue 17; “How to make a domesticate”

 

 

Genetically Engineered Crops: A Necessity for Food Security
13 MAY 2020

Governments in countries that have been hesitant to introduce GMO and CRISPR genome-edited crops into their agricultural practices need to reconsider the benefits that these new tools and technologies can offer and use the examples set forth in countries like the U.S. to build the new framework.

 

 

Anti-GMO Advocacy Funding Tracker
10 MAY 2020

Many foundations & environmental NGOs tax records indicates that anti-biotech advocates spend far more on GMO activism than companies/trade associations linked to the biotechnology industry.

 

 

 

 

An Open Letter to the UN, G-20, and National Governments on COVID-19 and Agriculture for Food and Nutrition Security
08 MAY 2020

Eminent world global leaders in food and agriculture wrote an Open Letter to the United Nations, G-20, and National Governments on COVID-19 and Agriculture for Food and Nutrition Security. To become signatory of this letter, please visit: www.ag4food.com
1. Open Letter on Agriculture Food & Nutrition Security: https://reurl.cc/Kkde1q
2. Overall List of Signatories: https://reurl.cc/Kkdegg

 

 

Where are GMO crops grown?
06 MAY 2020

One of the more popular claims by critics of GMOs is that only a few countries grow genetically engineered crops, led by the United States, Canada, Brazil and Argentina. That’s just not true. It’s a worldwide phenomenon, and breakthroughs continued this year with the introduction of GMO crops in Kenya and Nigeria, and the anticipated rollout of Golden Rice in the Philippines. Adoption of GM crops is fastest; 41 countries, 22 crops, 5 continents; 9 countries in Asia-Pacific region; 28 countries, 200 m ha; Acreage increased x113 in from 1996 to 2020.

 

 

 

Next-generation gene-editing technology: Path to a second Green Revolution?
22 APRIL 2020

Gene-editing has potential to trigger ‘Second Green Revolution’ by improvement in major crops. But persistent disconnect between what can be done to accelerate plant breeding using the new gene-editing toolkit and what is actually being done by both the public and private sectors to get varieties improved by these methods out to farmers.  (Image credit: SEARCA-BIC)

 

 

Horizontal gene transfer of Fhb7 from fungus underlies Fusarium head blight resistance in wheat
17 APRIL 2020

Fusarium head blight (FHB), a fungal disease caused by Fusarium species that produce food toxins, currently devastates wheat production worldwide. Scientists have found a protective gene in wild wheatgrass to introduce resistance against fusarium head blight disease wheat and barley crops.

 

 

A Report on Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) by the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and nutrition (HLPE)
10 APRIL 2020

Important disclaimer Given the very short notice of the CFS’s urgent request, and the fact that the present crisis is unprecedented in its scale, changing rapidly and with many unknowns, this document should be viewed as a draft discussion document aimed to help inform the CFS. Following discussion with the Bureau and Advisory Group of the CFS, the HLPE anticipates further developing this document and strengthening its recommendations, as well as integrating the issue in the next HLPE Report: “Food security and nutrition: a global narrative towards 2030”.

 

 

2020 Global Food Policy Report: Building Inclusive Food Systems
08 APRIL 2020

The 2020 Global Food Policy Report is launched virtually (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guSH2JEDht0). This report focuses on the need to build inclusive food systems, both to ensure that marginalized and vulnerable people enjoy the benefits and opportunities that food systems can bring and to support sustainable development. Inclusive food systems can help create better economic opportunities for poor people, mitigate climate change impacts for the most vulnerable, and spark innovation for the production and consumption of healthy foods.

 

Genetically Modified Crops Market – Insights
31 MARCH 2020

Global GM crops market was valued at 18.15 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach 37.46 billion by 2027 exhibit a compound annual growth rate of 8.7%. Asia-Pacific is expected to witness significant growth in GM crops market.

 

Corona virus tests: researchers chase new diagnostic to fight the pandemic
25 MARCH 2020

Mammoth Biosciences, a biotechnology company in South San Francisco, California, co-founded by CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna at the University of California, Berkeley, is working to validate a CRISPR-based approach called DETECTR (https://reurl.cc/7X32yk) for coronavirus. CRISPR-based tests under development to fight COVID-19 (Image credit: Ina Fassbender/AFP/Getty).

 

 

From hunger to profitable harvest: How GMO, CRISPR-edited plants can help curb $220 billion in annual crop losses
18 MARCH 2020

From hunger to profitable harvest: How GMO, CRISPR-edited plants can help curb $220 billion in annual crop losses.

 

 


Rosneft Joins Russia’s Gene-Editing Tech Program
10 MARCH 2020

President Vladimir Putin ordered in December, aims to accelerate Russia’s $1.6 billion program to create 30 new varieties of genetically modified crops and animals by 2027. (Image Credit: Alexander Avilov/Moskva News Agency)

 


Marker-free carotenoid-enriched rice generated through targeted gene insertion using CRISPR-Cas9
06 MARCH 2020

CRISPR-Cas9 can be successfully used to biofortify rice with carotenoid to help prevent blindness, weakened immune systems and other health problems associated with vitamin A deficiency, which is especially prevalent among children in developing nations.

 

 

 


The regulation of genome-edited plants in the European Union
06 MARCH 2020

A top European science council calling is demanding a “radical reform of the legal framework” that regulates genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the European Union.

 

Major Seed deposit at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Longyearbyen
26 FEBRUARY 2020

Thirty-five genebanks from all continents deposited seeds at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, at a deposit event hosted by Norwegian Prime Minister and co-chair of the UN group of SDG Advocates, Erna Solberg.

 


World’s food systems rely on biodiversity
26 FEBRUARY 2020

Biodiversity is fundamental for ecosystems, for human beings, and is the basis of food diversity, said by Director General FAO, during Open-ended Working Group established by the Convention on Biological Diversity.

 


Global Gene Editing Regulation Tracker and Index
25 FEBRUARY 2020

Click on a country (e.g. Brazil, US) or region (e.g. European Union) below to find which agriculture products and processes are approved or in development and their regulatory status. The regulations on genetically engineered crops and animals are emerging out of the regulatory landscape developed for transgenic GMOs.

 

Impact of genetically engineered maize on agronomic, environmental and toxicological traits: a meta-analysis of 21 years of field data
24 FEBRUARY 2020

Despite the extensive cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) maize and considerable number of scientific reports on its agro-environmental impact, the risks and benefits of GE maize are still being debated and concerns about safety remain.

 

Two Bt cotton varieties developed by Punjab Agricultural University identified for cultivation
17 FEBRUARY 2020

The major attraction of the development of Bt varieties is that farmers can produce the seed for next year on their own and will get rid of purchase of costly hybrid seed every year.

 

EU Commission Seeks Overhaul of GM Law to Address Gene Editing Regulations
22 JANUARY 2020

The EU is currently taking measures to review the ruling on gene editing and overhaul the current GMO legislation, according to EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan. 

 

Five FAO publications to read in 2020
13 JANUARY 2020

Five FAO publications to must read to all agricultural researchers in 2020. 

 

Zero Draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
06 JANUARY 2020

Zero Draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is released to that will form the basis for negotiations on a #biodiversity2020 agreement to safeguard all life on Earth. 

 

GM Moratorium lifted in Mainland of South Australia after 15 Years.
01 JANUARY 2020

Farmers on mainland of South Australia now have the choice to buy and grow genetically modified seeds and crops with new regulations. The lifting of the GM moratorium allows South Australian farmers to make decisions ahead of the 2020 growing season and give them more tools to grow the economy and create jobs.

 

Gene-modified crops set to pass biosafety tests
02 JANUARY 2020

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China encourages scientific research and development in GMO technology. A total of 192 genetically modified plant species-including two corn species and a soybean species are expected to pass biosafety evaluations by, opening the way to their commercial use in China.

 

GMO Opponents Are Immoral, Argues Purdue University President Mitch Daniels
02 JANUARY 2020

Avoiding GMOs is not only anti-science but GMO Opponents are immoral also, argues Purdue University President Mitch Daniels. It’s past time to tell your anti-GMO friends, family and neighbors they are helping to kill poor people.

 

 

On Jan 5, Maha farmers set to showcase success of sowing banned HTBt cotton
02 JANUARY 2020

Indian farmers ignoring the government decision for not approving new GM crops, who have already planted 3 million acres of unapproved HTBT cotton anyway and proudly celebrating GM technology Freedom Festival.

 

 

 

Field trails of GM potato conducted successfully
05 DECEMBER 2019

The latest stage of field trials conducted by The Sainsbury Laboratory for a genetically modified (GM) potato with improved tuber quality and resistance to the devastating disease late blight has progressed successfully. The field trials were conducted after successful lab experiments to modify Maris Piper potatoes with late blight resistance genes from Solanum americanum and S. venturii, wild relatives of potato.

 

EU authorized GMOs for food/feed uses
04 DECEMBER 2019

The European Commission has authorized eight genetically modified organisms (GMOs), all for food/feed uses. These are: maize MZHG0JG; maize MON 89034 x 1507 x NK603 x DAS-40278-9; maize MON 89034 x 1507 x MON 88017 x 59122 x DAS-40278-9; maize Bt11 x MIR162 x MIR604 x 1507 x 5307 x GA21; renewals of soybean MON 89788 and soybean A2704-12; renewal of cotton LLCotton25; and renewal of oilseed rape T45.

 

Genome-Edited Triple-Recessive Mutation Alters Seed Dormancy in Wheat
29 AUGUST 2019

Researchers from NARO and Okayama University, Japan developed rain-resistant wheat using CRISPER-Cas9 in about one year whereas it take about 10 years using conventional breeding approach.

 

 

A Farmer Satyagraha for Permission-less Innovation
27 JUNE 2019

G‘Civil disobedience’ movement by Indian farmers for their rights to avail benefits of biotech products even after Bt brinjal success in neighboring country Bangladesh

 

 

Asia-Pacific consortium on agricultural biotechnology and bioresources (APCoAB) XIXth steering committee meeting (2019)
12 JUNE 2019

The XXth Steering Committee (SC) Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources (APCoAB) was held on June 12, 2019 at Ibis Styles Bangkok Ratchda Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was attended by 19 participants, comprising the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, members of the SC, special invitees and observers (Annex I).

 

Haryana’s Bt brinjal row: Govt must allow farmers to have access to technologies in agriculture to dissuade illegal use of seeds
06 JUNE 2019

Government must allow farmers to have access to technologies in agriculture to dissuade illegal use of Bt brinjal in India. Believing that with a change in government and of environment minister, Bt brinjal could be approved.

 

Golden Rice, Part 4: Cost-effective GMO crop can save lives and dramatically boost developing economies
06 JUNE 2019

Economists have calculated that conservative adoption of Golden Rice would benefit the GDP of Asian countries by US$6.4 billion (value in US$ of 2005) annually through increased productivity enabled by reduced vitamin A deficiency-induced sickness, and improved eyesight, and ~US$17.4 billion (value in US$ of 2005) if Golden Rice adoption encouraged adoption of other nutritional traits in rice.

 

A new high precision method for genetic engineering and gene editing
09 APR 2019

High aspect ratio nanomaterials enable delivery of functional genetic material without DNA integration in mature plants – a simple and speedy method similar to a sewing with a needle and thread. The results are published in Nature Nanotechnology.

 

 

Why biotechnology can be Indian economy’s next success story 
APR 2019

The Indian biotechnology industry has flourished over the years. As of 2016, India had over a thousand biotechnology start-ups. Department of Biotechnology has set up 17 Centres of Excellence at higher education institutions across the country. Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) has successfully supported 316 start-ups in its six years of existence. 

 

Gene-edited foods are safe, Japanese panel concludes
APR 2019

Japan will allow gene-edited foodstuffs to be sold to consumers without safety evaluations as long as the techniques involved meet certain criteria, if recommendations agreed on by an advisory panel and adopted by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

 

 

Biofertilizers and Biopesticides (B&B) for Sustainable Agriculture
JAN 2019

This e-paper provides not only cross-border Biofertilizers and Biopesticides development progress from industry, academia and government section, but also latest business information worldwide.

 

 

Access to Seeds Index 2019 South and Southeast Asia
DEC 2018
Watch out The Access to Seeds Index for South and Southeast Asian seed companies. It is one of the first benchmarks to be published as part of the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA), launched last September during the UN General Assembly in New York. The goal of WBA benchmarks is to increase the contribution of the private sector to achieving the SDGs.

 

 

Biopreservation and Biobanking
DEC 2018
Special issue of ‘Biopreservation and Biobanking’ on ‘Agricultural Genebanks’, is based on the experience of the Global Crop Diversity Trust and its partners in building a global system for ex situ conservation of crop diversity. It provides a glimpse of how modern agricultural biobanks organize their work to embrace new challenges, and work together to share ideas and technologies.

 

 

GM Mustard Crop
30 OCT 2018
The Supreme Court of India asked the government to make its stand clear on the field trials of Genetically Modified (GM) mustard crop in two weeks.

 

 

Philippine’s 4th National Biotechnology Week of the the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) together with the Department of Agriculture (DA)
13 NOV 2018
The 14th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) of the Philippines starts this week with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as the host agency.

 

 

GMO cotton prompts dramatic drop in China’s pesticide use
20 SEPT 2018
China has experienced large and sustained reductions in pesticide use as a result of adopting the GM cotton crop.

 

 

South Asia Biosafety Program Newsletter – September – October 2018

 

 

 

Biotech Country Facts and Trends
28 SEP 2018
Golden Rice will  be like the normal rice with high  a beta-carotene with no additional cost to be paid by the  farmers and consumers since the price will also be the same, according to Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) Senior Science Research Specialist, Reynante Ordonio. The way of planting Golden Rice will also be similar to that of existing rice varieties.

 

GMO controversy is a political debate, not a food safety issue, farmers say
24 SEP 2018

 

 

 

First Annual Crop Wild Relatives Week kicks off
22-29 SEP 2018
The Crop Science Society of America is proud to host Crop Wild Relatives Week on September 22 – 29, 2018, to celebrate the contribution that these humble and hearty plants have made to increasing food security around the world. The collections of plants; the work being done to collect, conserve, characterize, and use them; and the importance of continuing to do so will be highlighted in blogs, web stories, and infographics. Online resources for anyone interested in learning more crop wild relatives can be found (https://www.crops.org/crop-wild-relative)

 

Biotech Country Facts and Trends
24 SEP 2018
Biotech Country Facts and Trends summaries in 1-2 pages that highlight the commercialization of biotech crops in the developing countries have been released by ISAAA. Data on biotech crop commercialization (hectarage and adoption), approvals and planting, benefits and future prospects in each country are presented in a brief and easily understandable manner.

 

Field trials of GM canola are permitted in Australia
6 SEP 2018
Australia’s Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has permitted field trails of GM canaola for altered oil content and herbicide tolerance for 5 years to gather the data for agronomic performance, oil profile and content, nutritional assessment, compositional analysis, molecular analysis, and genetic stability.

 

Crop wild relative week
22-29 SEP 2018
Crop Science Society of America celebrates ‘Crop Wild Relative (CWR) week’ during September 22-29, 2018. To learn more but in simple way through web blogs, video and other stories about CWR and its use in crop improvement programs, visit the above link.

 

Japan government panel has decided not to regulate some genome editing procedures.
21 AUG 18
The Members of Ministry of Environment (MoE), Government of Japan, agreed in a Technical Committee meeting that as long as a product of gene editing technology does not contain nucleic acids from a foreign source, it should not be regulated under the existing genetic engineering regulations in Japan. The MoE is of the opinion to have an “Advisory Panel on GMOs” meeting shortly which will include legal experts also to discuss the decision of Technical Committee.

 

South Asia Biosafety Program – August newsletter
AUG 2018
Relevant news about biosafety regulation and policy developments in India and Bangladesh, as well as updates about the capacity building activities through the South Asia Biosafety Program are highlighted in this newsletter.

 

Philippines farmer leaders support the application of biotechnology in agriculture
19 AUG 18
Twenty-eight farmer-leaders from six regions in Mindanao, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, added their signatures to more than 200 other previous signatories in the “Declaration of Support for the Application of Biotechnology in Agriculture.”

 

Shifting the limits in wheat research and breeding using a fully annotated reference genome
17 AUG 18
The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium gives hope to wheat farmers as they publish the fully annotated reference wheat genome, opening new vistas in research and breeding of wheat which is one of the major staple food crops in the world.

 

APAARI participate in 3rdSenior Official Meetings of APEC Economies held at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
16 AUG 2018
Dr Rishi Tyagi, Coordinator, Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources (APCoAB), Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), participated in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (APEC HLPD AB),  22ndAgricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group(ATCWG) Meeting and ABAC Food Security Symposium, on August 6-9, 2018, held at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

 

APCoAB Coordinator visits Philippines research organizations
16 AUG 2018
Dr Rishi Tyagi, Coordinator, APCoAB, APAARI, visited Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources (DOST-PCAARRD), National Institute of Molecular Biology (NIMBB) and Biotechnology, and Science and Education for Agriculture and Development (SEARCA) at Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines, on August 13, 2018.

 

Nitrogen fixation in a landrace of maize is supported by a mucilage-associated diazotrophic microbiota
07 AUG 2018
Hundreds years old corn landrace from Mexico has evolved in a way to make its own nitrogen, which could revolutionize farming.

 

 

GMO eggplant crop expands in Bangladesh
06 AUG 2018
Farmers are continuing to rapidly adopt Bt eggplant (brinjal) in Bangladesh, resulting in reduced pesticide use and higher incomes, according to a new paper authored by scientists involved in developing and releasing the pioneering genetically modified crop.

 

Bt Eggplant Project in Bangladesh: History, Present Status, and Future Direction
03 AUG 2018
History, accomplishments, and future direction of the Bt brinjal (eggplant) program in Bangladesh.

 

 

How to make the gene-editing tool CRISPR work even better
02 AUG 2018
Scientists have found conclusive evidence that Cas9, the most popular enzyme currently used in CRISPR gene editing, is less effective and precise than one of the lesser-used CRISPR proteins, Cas12a. Because Cas9 is more likely to edit the wrong part of a plant’s or animal’s genome, disrupting healthy functions, the scientists make the case that switching to Cas12a would lead to safer and more effective gene editing.

 

Feeling the pulse: Towards better self-sufficiency in pulses in India
28 JUL 2018
Pulses are a key source of protein in most Indian diets and India is the biggest consumer of pulses in the world. Yet, with stagnation of production in spite of increase in demand, there has been an increasing demand-supply gap for pulses in India. A multi-pronged approach including quality seed availability and increased profitability for farmers can help India bridge this gap.

 

EU will regulate gene-edited organisms as GMOs
26 JUL 2018
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has reached the conclusion that organisms made by any mutagenesis method are GMOs under the European GMO regulations. They must meet the same regulatory requirements that more traditional GMOs must abide by, such as an environmental risk assessment and government authorization.

 

Commercialization of Bt brinjal is likely to be next year in Philippines.
22 JUL 18
Associate Professor Cesar Quicoy of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños told in a symposium that the Institute of Plant Breeding is already in the process of applying for commercialization of Bt brinjal, 10 years after its introduction in the country. According to his statement, commercialization of Bt brinjal will be possible by next year in Philippines.

 

For noncommercialization of Bt eggplant, Filipino farmers losing P33.85 billion
22 JUL 18
Filipino farmers are losing as much as P33.85 billion annually due to noncommercialization of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant as the genetically modified (GM) crop could double their net income, according to an economist.

 

Vietnamese farmers optimistic about genetically modified maize
16 JUL 2018
Genetically modified maize (GMM) is a pest resistant crop. If GMM is farmed on a large scale, the amount of maize Vietnam needs to import will decrease. However, the GMM cultivated areas remain far below expectations.

 

Saving the seed: A bank that secures the future of agriculture
12 JUL 2018
The RS Paroda Genebank at ICRISAT hosts 126,830 accessions collected from 144 countries. It is one of the largest international repositories of plant genetic resources. Each accession is now being accorded a globally unique and permanent identifier or Digital Object Identifier (DOI) just as is done for published research. DOI assignment guidelines have been issued by FAO and Treaty on September 23, 2016.

 

Indian Farmers want GM Cotton Seeds
12 JUL 2018
Indian farmers are ready to buy GM cotton seeds at all costs because GM seeds give a better productivity and profitability to cotton growing farmers.

 

Australian government authorizes GM wheat field trials
11 JUL 2018
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator has issued licence DIR 162 to CSIRO, authorising the limited and controlled release (field trial) of wheat genetically modified (GM) for rust disease resistance.

 

ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF)
11 JUL 2018
A funding program to support ASEAN young researchers with aims in building their capacities and to work at any Indian research /academic Institution. A prestigious fellowship started by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India unfer the ASEAN India Science and Technology Development Fund (AISTDF) and implementing partner the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. 

 

Public consultations scheduled for Golden Rice field trials
06 JULY 2018
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has announced that the Philippines Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) has given the approval for the conduct of public consultations on the proposed field trials for GR2E Golden Rice.

 

 

Likely change in biopiracy rules under Nagoya Protocol
06 JUL 2018
European scientists believe that a change in biopiracy rules in Nagoya protocol will hamper the research and even jeopardize the food safety in the long term. However, important issues and the spirit of the Protocol should remain intact as “everyone should benefit” from the use of the information.

 

CBD limits biodiversity research
29 JUN 2018
Regulatory process under CBD framework unintentionally curtail the biodiversity research and limit the international collaboration amongst biodiversity-rich countries – an article published by Prathapan et al in Science. The views mentined in the article were endorsed by 172 co-signatories belonging to 35 countries.

 

Mandatory labels can improve attitudes toward genetically engineered food
27 JUNE 2018
Scientists from USA reported that mandatory labelling policy of GE foods in USA reduced the opposition level to GE food and helpful to communicate the benefits and risks to consumer and change their perception for GE food.

 

Fact sheet of ISAAA reiterates the potential of biotechnology
21 JUN 2018
Climate change is a major challenge for agriculture and food security and GM technology can address problems that cannot be solved through conventional crop improvement methods.

 

 

Bacterial blight resistant rice variety developed
14 JUN 2018
Indian scientists inserted a bacterial blight resistant gene in popular rice variety, which is grown in 80,000 ha in India, through marker-assisted backcross breeding method.

 

 

GM crops increased farm income and production more in the developing countries than the developed countries
11 JUN 2018
On the basis of cultivation of four main GM crops – soybean, corn, cotton and canola, annual updated analysis shows that there continues to be very significant net economic benefits at the farm level amounting to $18.2 billion in 2016 and $186.1 billion for the period 1996–2016 (in nominal terms). These gains have been divided 48% to farmers in developed countries and 52% to farmers in developing countries.

 

Making healthy, cheap animal feeds
10 JUN 2018
Dr. Laura Pham, a chemist and food scientist from the University Researcher IV in the Oils and Fats Laboratory and Feeds and Specialty Products Laboratory of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Biotech) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños in Laguna, developed copra meal (generally considered as waste) enriched with protein and mixed in animal feeds, making the livestock and fish healthy for human consumers.

 

Scientists develop early flowering transgenic mustard
07 JUN 2018
Scientists at Tata Energy Research Institute, India, developed an early flowering transgenic mustard variety. The research will help to develop a plant variety in mustard with shorter life cycle and with better yields through reduced exposure to the harsh climatic conditions in the fields.

 

Smart tech to help PHL achieve sustainable agri goals
07 JUN 18
The Philippines is promoting the adoption and practice of advanced technology and smart farming methods such vertical farming, micropropagation, cryopreservation and hydroponics, with the aim of developing technology to increase crop production and minimize losses.

 

These Indian farmers are using Whatsapp and Facebook to demand GM seeds technology
30 MAY 2018
Indian farmers are using social media to demand GM seeds of cotton. The Shetkari Sanghatana (Farmer organization) is organizing conferences for farmers and consumers to create awareness about GM seeds and its volunteers are also going directly to villages to speak to farmers about it. It will help the smallholder farmers to cut down the cost of cultivation and increase farmers’ income.

 

Simultaneous editing of two copies of Gh14-3-3d confers enhanced transgene-clean plant defense against Verticillium dahliae in allotetraploid upland cotton
30 MAY 2018
The CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system is a robust and highly efficient tool for generating target gene mutants, by which the genes of interest may be functionally dissected and applied through genotype-to-phenotype approaches. Using this new breeding method, Chinese scientists developed fungus-resistant cotton. These lines can be used as a germplasm to breed disease-resistant cotton varieties.

 

US FDA approves GMO Golden Rice as safe to eat
29 MAY 2018
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Golden Rice, marking the third positive international assessment for the genetically engineered biofortified crop. Previously, Food Standards Australia, New Zealand and Health Canada gave Golden Rice the stamp of approval in February and March 2018 respectively.

 

CRISPR-Edited Rice Plants Produce Major Boost in Grain Yield
29 MAY 2018
A team of scientists from Purdue University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences has used CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology to develop a variety of rice that produces 25-31 percent more grain and would have been virtually impossible to create through traditional breeding methods.

 

Title: Asia-Pacific consortium on agricultural biotechnology and bioresources (APCoAB) XIXth steering committee meeting (2018)
28 MAY 2018
The XIXth Steering Committee (SC) Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources (APCoAB) was held on May 28, 2018 at Rama Gardens Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was attended by 18 participants, comprising the Chairman, Vice Chairman, members of the SC, their representatives, special invitees and observers (Annex I).

 

Disrupting agricultural and tree biodiversity science – a review of Bioversity International’s 2017
22 MAY 2018
On the International Day of Biological Diversity, Bioversity International published its 2017 Annual Report. This report presents scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security.

 

The future of genetically modified crops in India
21 MAY 2018
Intellectual property rights in relation to plant varieties, including transgenic varieties, are the subject matter of protection under the provisions of the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Act, decided by Indian court. It may affects the investment by private sector in GM research and future of GM crops in India.

 

APSA/WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium: Growing stronger with every new member
18 MAY 2018
The Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA)/World Vegetable Center Vegetable Breeding Consortium held its second annual workshop on 16-17 May 2017 in Shanhua, Taiwan. 32 seed companies from the Asia Pacific region joined the workshop, for two days of discussions, seminars, and in-field evaluations of various crops. 

 

More sustainable potato production through extended IPM for late blight
15 MAY 2018
Cultivation of cisgenic or conventionally bred, late blight resistant potato varieties in combination with pathogen population monitoring and a “do not spray unless” strategy resulted in an 80 – 90% reduction of the fungicide use as compared to current common practice. A team of scientists from Wageningen University & Research andTeagasc – the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority published these findings in the scientific journal European Journal of Agronomy.

 

USDA’s hands-off approach to gene-edited crops could revolutionize research and development
15 MAY 2018
USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have been developed through traditional breeding techniques as long as they are not plant pests or developed using plant pests. The USDA’s recent decision to stay out of the business of regulating gene-edited crops could be a game changer for a sector long dominated by a handful of companies armed with massive research and development budgets.

 

PARC Organised Workshop on Plant Genetic Resources, Gene Bank Operations
07 MAY 2018
On May 8th, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) and COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad organized an ‘International Workshop on Plant Genetic Resources and Gene bank Operations Management Systems’, to train 35 participants from OIC member states.

 

Agricultural biotechnologies that improved safety, yields, food security in developing nations
02 MAY 2018
Genetic Literacy Project reports that agricultural biotechnologies has significant impact on food security and environmental safety developing countries including China, India and Pakistan.

 

Brainstorming Meeting on Strategies for Implementation of ‘Delhi Declaration for Agrobiodiversity Management’ in India – Proceedings and Action Points
02 MAY 2018
A brainstorming meeting on Strategies for Implementation of ‘Delhi Declaration on Agrobiodiversity Management’ was organized in India to chalk out a plan for effective implementation of the 12-point Delhi Declaration on Agrobiodiversity Management, adopted by the 1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress (IAC 2016). This document summarizes the deliberations of the meeting and the proposed action plan for management of genetic resources in India to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and Aichi targets.

 

Discovery of new genes in rice for abiotic stress tolerance
25 APR 2018
A group of scientists from IRRI, the Institute of Crop Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), BGI-Shenzhen, and 13 other partner institutions, published a collaborative research that will enable scientists to discover new gene variants and characterize known genes for important traits, such as the natural ability of a particular variety to resist diseases and withstand floods, drought, and salty water. This study is recently published in Nature (doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0063-9).

 

Role of genomics in promoting the utilization of plant genetic resources in genebanks
23 APR 2018
It is estimated that about 1% of germplasm conserved in genebanks are utilized. Genomics has potential to revolutionize the utilization of genebank collections for having positive impact on food and nutritional security, concluded by Australian scientists.

 

 

Can genomics deliver climate-change ready crops?
21 APR 2018
This review summarizes how germplasm collections are utilized to identify superior alleles/haplotypes through NGS based sequencing approaches and how genomics-enabled technologies together with precise phenotyping are being used in crop breeding. Pre-breeding and genomics-assisted breeding approaches are contributing to the more efficient development of climate-resilient crops. 

 

South Asia Biosafety Program – April newsletter
APR 2018
Relevant news about biosafety regulation and policy developments in India and Bangladesh, as well as updates about the capacity building activities through the South Asia Biosafety Program are highlighted in this newsletter.

 

 

Injecting diversity to bolster immunity to climate change and food insecurity
16 APR 2018
Agricultural biodiversity is essential for our survival and well-being. Much like the way vaccines work to protect human health, a rich diversity of species and varieties bolster agricultural production systems to be more resilient and in many cases even ‘immune’ to climate change and food insecurity. Bioversity International and its partners in Guatemala recently implemented one such diversity ‘injection’.

 

Late-blight resistant potatoes hold promise for farmers in Uganda and beyond
12 APR 2018
Late blight disease is a major constraint for potato production, costing farmers an estimated $3-$10 billion per year globally. Scientists at the International Potato Center (CIP) decided to try genetic engineering to transfer genes that confer resistance to late blight in wild relatives of potato into potato varieties that are popular with farmers and consumers.

 

Plant scientists welcome the US decision to not regulate the gene edited crops
08 APR 2018
The US decision to not regulate the crops developed by gene editing method paves the way for generating genetically altered crops without major regulatory restrictions. This will also open new vistas for other countries in the world.

 

Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) labelling in plant genetic resources
02 APR 2018
Maintaining this relationship is particularly important when material from genebanks is used to develop new varieties, explains Matija Obreza, Genesys Information Systems Manager at the Crop Trust. The proper identification of parents via DOIs allows the use of the material to be tracked and that helps when determining the impact of genebank collections. DOIs also allow for automated discovery of publications by scanning the Internet for a specific DOI. It will also support the effective conservation and use of PGR in crop improvement programs.

Australian OGTR Issues License for Commercial Release of Herbicide Tolerant Cotton
01 December 2020

Australian OGTR Issues License for Commercial Release of Herbicide Tolerant Cotton.

 

 

 

CRISPR gene-editing technology to protect bananas and other staple crops across Africa against killer pathogens
24 November 2020

CRISPR gene-editing technology to protect bananas and other staple crops across Africa against killer pathogens.
Image credit: JN Tripathi

 

 

 

GM insect-resistant Bt cotton boosted India’s crop yields? Activist study says no, but crop biotech experts say yes
16 November 2020

GM insect-resistant Bt cotton boosted India’s crop yields? Activist study says no, but crop biotech experts say yes.
Image credit: India Times

 

 

 

More than 280 scientific and technical institutions support the safety of GM crops
13 November 2020

More than 280 scientific and technical institutions support the safety of GM crops.

 

 

 

A Common Plant Virus Is an Unlikely Ally in the War on Cancer
10 November 2020

A Common Plant Virus Is an Unlikely Ally in the War on Cancer.

 

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Greenpeace-funded study backfires, undermining case to treat gene-edited crops as GMOs
06 November 2020

Greenpeace-funded study backfires, undermining case to treat gene-edited crops as GMOs.

 

 

 

Greenpeace-funded study backfires, undermining case to treat gene-edited crops as GMOs
06 November 2020

Greenpeace-funded study backfires, undermining case to treat gene-edited crops as GMOs.

 

 

 

Bt cotton, yields and farmers’ benefits
03 November 2020

Bt cotton, yields and farmers’ benefits.

 

 

 

New technology accelerates crop improvement with CRISPR
30 October 2020

New technology accelerates crop improvement with CRISPR.

 

 

 

GM crops can slash Africa’s pesticide use: Insect-resistant cowpea field trial shows farmers how
27 October 2020

GM crops can slash Africa’s pesticide use: Insect-resistant cowpea field trial shows farmers how.

 

 

 

Pink pineapples are finally available for purchase — but they’re not cheap
23 October 2020

Pink pineapples are finally available for purchase — but they’re not cheap.

Image Credit: TODAY

 

No evidence GMO chestnut trees harm humans, animals or the environment, developers tell USDA
20 October 2020

No evidence GMO chestnut trees harm humans, animals or the environment, developers tell USDA.

 

 

 

Gene Editing Improves Drought Tolerance in Tomato
16 October 2020

Gene Editing Improves Drought Tolerance in Tomato.

 

 

 

There’s no such thing as a ‘GMO,’ and the history of potatoes illustrates why the term is ‘nonsensical’
12 October 2020

There’s no such thing as a ‘GMO,’ and the history of potatoes illustrates why the term is ‘nonsensical’.

 

 

 

Burkina Faso renews commitment to GM crops with Bt cowpea
06 October 2020

Burkina Faso renews commitment to GM crops with Bt cowpea.

 

 

 

Indian farmers can’t wait anymore, they are sowing seeds of GM crops one Bt brinjal at a time
02 October 2020

Indian farmers can’t wait anymore, they are sowing seeds of GM crops one Bt brinjal at a time

 

 

 

Gene-edited algae could help cut biodiesel production costs
29 September 2020

Gene-edited algae could help cut biodiesel production costs

 

 

 

Gene editing could improve productivity traits in water buffalo
25 September 2020

Gene editing could improve productivity traits in water buffalo

 

 

 

How precautionary activism and reporting paint a misleading picture of biotechnology
24 September 2020

How precautionary activism and reporting paint a misleading picture of biotechnology

Image credit: Chris Labrooy

 

 

 

Why grow GMOs? To prevent cancer, pesticide poisoning and farmer suicides
24 September 2020

Why grow GMOs? To prevent cancer, pesticide poisoning and farmer suicides.

 

 

 

Philippines rollout of insect-resistant Bt eggplant expected to dramatically increase farmer profits
18 September 2020

Philippines rollout of insect-resistant Bt eggplant expected to dramatically increase farmer profits.

 

 

 

PH Government Grants GM Corn Seeds, Farm Inputs to Farmers Association’s Model Farm
16 September 2020

PH Government Grants GM Corn Seeds, Farm Inputs to Farmers Association’s Model Farm.

 

 

 

The evolving landscape around genome editing in agriculture
11 September 2020

The evolving landscape around genome editing in agriculture.

 

 

 

Chile poised to tackle food shortages and climate change with ‘Golden Apple’ and other CRISPR-edited crops
10 September 2020

Chile poised to tackle food shortages and climate change with ‘Golden Apple’ and other CRISPR-edited crops.

 

 

 

Indian Govt nod for field trials of two indigenous types of genetically modified brinjal
09 September 2020

Indian Govt nod for field trials of two indigenous types of genetically modified brinjal.

 

 

 

South Korea’s First Genome Edited Petunia Approved in the U.S.
04 September 2020

South Korea’s First Genome Edited Petunia Approved in the U.S.

 

 

 

Experts Review Potential of Plant-Based Edible Vaccines
02 September 2020

Experts Review Potential of Plant-Based Edible Vaccines.

 

 

 

Rainfed GMO insect-resistant Bt cotton in India cuts pesticide use 28 percent, study finds
01 September 2020

Rainfed GMO insect-resistant Bt cotton in India cuts pesticide use 28 percent, study finds.

 

 

 

Video: What are the risks and benefits of animal gene editing?
21 August 2020

Video: What are the risks and benefits of animal gene editing?

 

 

 

Indian scientists call out anti-GMO groups trying to block insect-resistant Bt eggplant safety field trials
19 August 2020

Indian scientists call out anti-GMO groups trying to block insect-resistant Bt eggplant safety field trials.

 

 

 

Why grow GMOs? Because plants don’t naturally evolve into food fit for humans
11 August 2020

Why grow GMOs? Because plants don’t naturally evolve into food fit for humans.

 

 

 

Fast-growing GMO salmon poised to hit US stores in 2020
29 July 2020

Fast-growing GMO salmon poised to hit US stores in 2020.

 

 

 

ISAAA launches open-access page for Genome Editing Resources to disseminate the information collected from authentic sources
24 July 2020

ISAAA launches open-access page for Genome Editing Resources to disseminate the information collected from authentic sources.

 

 

 

Researchers Turn to CRISPR Genome Editing to Make Cyanide-Free Cassava
23 July 2020

Researchers Turn to CRISPR Genome Editing to Make Cyanide-Free Cassava.

 

 

 

Viewpoint: Calling gene-edited crops ‘natural’ won’t dispel public skepticism. Here’s a better way to build trust in CRISPR
21 July 2020

Viewpoint: Calling gene-edited crops ‘natural’ won’t dispel public skepticism. Here’s a better way to build trust in CRISPR by Christopher Preston, Trine Antonsen.

Image Credit: C&EN/Shutterstock

 

 

 

Viewpoint: Fish farming has a sustainability problem and genetic engineering might be the solution
15 July 2020

Fish farming has a sustainability problem and genetic engineering might be the solution by Rupesh Paudyal.

 

 

 

Facing disease crisis, Ugandan farmers say they’ll illegally grow GMO cassava to feed their families, increase yields
08 July 2020

Facing disease crisis, Ugandan farmers say they’ll illegally grow GMO cassava to feed their families, increase yields.

Image credit: Durrie Bouscaren/St. Louis Public Radio

 

 

 

Eight GM plant species pass safety tests for import in China
30 June 2020

Eight GM plant species pass safety tests for import in China.

 

 

 

GMO skeptics abuse UN Biodiversity Conference to promote anti-biotech agenda
25 June 2020

Viewpoint: GMO skeptics abuse UN Biodiversity Conference to promote anti-biotech agenda.

 

 

 

Maharashtra farmers intensify pro-GM crops stir in India
23 June 2020

With thousands of farmers sowing GM cotton, soya bean, BT brinjal and corn seeds, the Shetkari Sanghatana (Farmers’ Organization) of Maharashtra in India has intensified its agitation against the ban on GM crops.

 

 

 

Top 5 Biotech Crops Occupy 99% of Global Biotech Crop Area
15 June 2020

‘In 2018, a total of 70 countries adopted biotech crops — 26 countries planted and 44 additional countries imported.’

 

 

Insect-resistant Bt cotton failed in India, claims ‘unprecedented’ study
10 June 2020

Insect-resistant Bt cotton failed in India, claims ‘unprecedented’ study. Prominent geneticist says anti-GMO authors designed study to seed doubt about crop biotech.

 

 

 

FSANZ Rules GM Potatoes Are Safe, Calls the Public to Comment
29 MAY 2020

Two 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 evolving landscape around genome editing in agriculture
27 MAY 2020

Genome editing is revolutionizing plant science and its applications in agriculture. In its simplest form, it can generate specific genetic variants that are indistinguishable from naturally evolved variants. The legislation and regulation of genome‐edited plants in many countries is similarly evolving rapidly to adapt to the new technologies.

 

Can the gene editing technology known as CRISPR help reduce biodiversity loss worldwide?
15 MAY 2020

There are no perfect or universal solutions to the biodiversity crisis the world is facing. CRISPR “could be such an amazing tool if we are respectful [and] responsible and use it properly.

Image:Markus G. Stetter, Daniel J. Gates, Wenbin Mei, Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra via Current Biology, Volume 27, Issue 17; “How to make a domesticate”

 

Genetically Engineered Crops: A Necessity for Food Security
13 MAY 2020

Governments in countries that have been hesitant to introduce GMO and CRISPR genome-edited crops into their agricultural practices need to reconsider the benefits that these new tools and technologies can offer and use the examples set forth in countries like the U.S. to build the new framework.

 

Anti-GMO Advocacy Funding Tracker
10 MAY 2020

Many foundations & environmental NGOs tax records indicates that anti-biotech advocates spend far more on GMO activism than companies/trade associations linked to the biotechnology industry.

 

 

Where are GMO crops grown?
06 MAY 2020

One of the more popular claims by critics of GMOs is that only a few countries grow genetically engineered crops, led by the United States, Canada, Brazil and Argentina. That’s just not true. It’s a worldwide phenomenon, and breakthroughs continued this year with the introduction of GMO crops in Kenya and Nigeria, and the anticipated rollout of Golden Rice in the Philippines. Adoption of GM crops is fastest; 41 countries, 22 crops, 5 continents; 9 countries in Asia-Pacific region; 28 countries, 200 m ha; Acreage increased x113 in from 1996 to 2020.

 

 

 

Next-generation gene-editing technology: Path to a second Green Revolution?
22 APRIL 2020

Gene-editing has potential to trigger ‘Second Green Revolution’ by improvement in major crops. But persistent disconnect between what can be done to accelerate plant breeding using the new gene-editing toolkit and what is actually being done by both the public and private sectors to get varieties improved by these methods out to farmers. (Image credit: SEARCA-BIC)

 

 

2020 Global Food Policy Report: Building Inclusive Food Systems
08 APRIL 2020

The 2020 Global Food Policy Report is launched virtually (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guSH2JEDht0). This report focuses on the need to build inclusive food systems, both to ensure that marginalized and vulnerable people enjoy the benefits and opportunities that food systems can bring and to support sustainable development. Inclusive food systems can help create better economic opportunities for poor people, mitigate climate change impacts for the most vulnerable, and spark innovation for the production and consumption of healthy foods.

 

 

Genetically Modified Crops Market – Insights
31 MARCH 2020

Global GM crops market was valued at 18.15 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach 37.46 billion by 2027 exhibit a compound annual growth rate of 8.7%. Asia-Pacific is expected to witness significant growth in GM crops market.

 

 

Corona virus tests: researchers chase new diagnostic to fight the pandemic
25 MARCH 2020

Mammoth Biosciences, a biotechnology company in South San Francisco, California, co-founded by CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna at the University of California, Berkeley, is working to validate a CRISPR-based approach called DETECTR (https://reurl.cc/7X32yk) for coronavirus. CRISPR-based tests under development to fight COVID-19 (Image credit: Ina Fassbender/AFP/Getty).

 

From hunger to profitable harvest: How GMO, CRISPR-edited plants can help curb $220 billion in annual crop losses
18 MARCH 2020

From hunger to profitable harvest: How GMO, CRISPR-edited plants can help curb $220 billion in annual crop losses.

 

Rosneft Joins Russia’s Gene-Editing Tech Program
10 MARCH 2020

President Vladimir Putin ordered in December, aims to accelerate Russia’s $1.6 billion program to create 30 new varieties of genetically modified crops and animals by 2027. (Image Credit: Alexander Avilov/Moskva News Agency)

 

Marker-free carotenoid-enriched rice generated through targeted gene insertion using CRISPR-Cas9
06 MARCH 2020

CRISPR-Cas9 can be successfully used to biofortify rice with carotenoid to help prevent blindness, weakened immune systems and other health problems associated with vitamin A deficiency, which is especially prevalent among children in developing nations.

 

 

 

The regulation of genome-edited plants in the European Union
06 MARCH 2020

A top European science council calling is demanding a “radical reform of the legal framework” that regulates genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the European Union.

 

Global Gene Editing Regulation Tracker and Index
25 FEBRUARY 2020

Click on a country (e.g. Brazil, US) or region (e.g. European Union) below to find which agriculture products and processes are approved or in development and their regulatory status. The regulations on genetically engineered crops and animals are emerging out of the regulatory landscape developed for transgenic GMOs.

 

Impact of genetically engineered maize on agronomic, environmental and toxicological traits: a meta-analysis of 21 years of field data
24 FEBRUARY 2020

Despite the extensive cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) maize and considerable number of scientific reports on its agro-environmental impact, the risks and benefits of GE maize are still being debated and concerns about safety remain.

 

Two Bt cotton varieties developed by Punjab Agricultural University identified for cultivation
17 FEBRUARY 2020

The major attraction of the development of Bt varieties is that farmers can produce the seed for next year on their own and will get rid of purchase of costly hybrid seed every year.

 

EU Commission Seeks Overhaul of GM Law to Address Gene Editing Regulations.
22 JANUARY 2020

The EU is currently taking measures to review the ruling on gene editing and overhaul the current GMO legislation, according to EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan.

 

GM Moratorium lifted in Mainland of South Australia after 15 Years.
01 JANUARY 2020

Farmers on mainland of South Australia now have the choice to buy and grow genetically modified seeds and crops with new regulations. The lifting of the GM moratorium allows South Australian farmers to make decisions ahead of the 2020 growing season and give them more tools to grow the economy and create jobs.

 

Gene-modified crops set to pass biosafety tests
02 JANUARY 2020

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China encourages scientific research and development in GMO technology. A total of 192 genetically modified plant species-including two corn species and a soybean species are expected to pass biosafety evaluations by, opening the way to their commercial use in China.

 

GMO Opponents Are Immoral, Argues Purdue University President Mitch Daniels.
02 JANUARY 2020

Avoiding GMOs is not only anti-science but GMO Opponents are immoral also, argues Purdue University President Mitch Daniels. It’s past time to tell your anti-GMO friends, family and neighbors they are helping to kill poor people.

 

 

On Jan 5, Maha farmers set to showcase success of sowing banned HTBt cotton.
02 JANUARY 2020

Indian farmers ignoring the government decision for not approving new GM crops, who have already planted 3 million acres of unapproved HTBT cotton anyway and proudly celebrating GM technology Freedom Festival.

 

 

 

Field trails of GM potato conducted successfully
05 DECEMBER 2019

The latest stage of field trials conducted by The Sainsbury Laboratory for a genetically modified (GM) potato with improved tuber quality and resistance to the devastating disease late blight has progressed successfully. The field trials were conducted after successful lab experiments to modify Maris Piper potatoes with late blight resistance genes from Solanum americanum and S. venturii, wild relatives of potato.

 

EU authorized GMOs for food/feed uses
04 DECEMBER 2019

The European Commission has authorized eight genetically modified organisms (GMOs), all for food/feed uses. These are: maize MZHG0JG; maize MON 89034 x 1507 x NK603 x DAS-40278-9; maize MON 89034 x 1507 x MON 88017 x 59122 x DAS-40278-9; maize Bt11 x MIR162 x MIR604 x 1507 x 5307 x GA21; renewals of soybean MON 89788 and soybean A2704-12; renewal of cotton LLCotton25; and renewal of oilseed rape T45.

 

Genome-Edited Triple-Recessive Mutation Alters Seed Dormancy in Wheat
29 AUGUST 2019

Researchers from NARO and Okayama University, Japan developed rain-resistant wheat using CRISPER-Cas9 in about one year whereas it take about 10 years using conventional breeding approach.

 

 

A Farmer Satyagraha for Permission-less Innovation
27 JUNE 2019

Civil disobedience’ movement by Indian farmers for their rights to avail benefits of biotech products even after Bt brinjal success in neighboring country Bangladesh

 

 

Haryana’s Bt brinjal row: Govt must allow farmers to have access to technologies in agriculture to dissuade illegal use of seeds
06 JUNE 2019

Government must allow farmers to have access to technologies in agriculture to dissuade illegal use of Bt brinjal in India. Believing that with a change in government and of environment minister, Bt brinjal could be approved.

 

Golden Rice, Part 4: Cost-effective GMO crop can save lives and dramatically boost developing economies
06 JUNE 2019

Economists have calculated that conservative adoption of Golden Rice would benefit the GDP of Asian countries by US$6.4 billion (value in US$ of 2005) annually through increased productivity enabled by reduced vitamin A deficiency-induced sickness, and improved eyesight, and ~US$17.4 billion (value in US$ of 2005) if Golden Rice adoption encouraged adoption of other nutritional traits in rice.

 

A new high precision method for genetic engineering and gene editing
09 APR 2019

High aspect ratio nanomaterials enable delivery of functional genetic material without DNA integration in mature plants – a simple and speedy method similar to a sewing with a needle and thread. The results are published in Nature Nanotechnology.

 

 

Why biotechnology can be Indian economy’s next success story 
APR 2019

The Indian biotechnology industry has flourished over the years. As of 2016, India had over a thousand biotechnology start-ups. Department of Biotechnology has set up 17 Centres of Excellence at higher education institutions across the country. Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) has successfully supported 316 start-ups in its six years of existence. 

 

Gene-edited foods are safe, Japanese panel concludes
APR 2019

Japan will allow gene-edited foodstuffs to be sold to consumers without safety evaluations as long as the techniques involved meet certain criteria, if recommendations agreed on by an advisory panel and adopted by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

 

GM Mustard Crop
30 OCT 2018
The Supreme Court of India asked the government to make its stand clear on the field trials of Genetically Modified (GM) mustard crop in two weeks.

 

 

 

Philippine’s 4th National Biotechnology Week of the the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) together with the Department of Agriculture (DA)
13 NOV 2018
The 14th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) of the Philippines starts this week with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as the host agency.

 

 

 

GMO cotton prompts dramatic drop in China’s pesticide use
20 SEPT 2018
China has experienced large and sustained reductions in pesticide use as a result of adopting the GM cotton crop.

 

 

South Asia Biosafety Program Newsletter – September – October 2018

 

 

 

 

Biotech Country Facts and Trends
28 SEP 2018
Golden Rice will  be like the normal rice with high  a beta-carotene with no additional cost to be paid by the  farmers and consumers since the price will also be the same, according to Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) Senior Science Research Specialist, Reynante Ordonio. The way of planting Golden Rice will also be similar to that of existing rice varieties.

GMO controversy is a political debate, not a food safety issue, farmers say
24 SEP 2018

 

 

Biotech Country Facts and Trends
24 SEP 2018
Biotech Country Facts and Trends summaries in 1-2 pages that highlight the commercialization of biotech crops in the developing countries have been released by ISAAA. Data on biotech crop commercialization (hectarage and adoption), approvals and planting, benefits and future prospects in each country are presented in a brief and easily understandable manner.

 

Field trials of GM canola are permitted in Australia
6 SEP 2018
Australia’s Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has permitted field trails of GM canaola for altered oil content and herbicide tolerance for 5 years to gather the data for agronomic performance, oil profile and content, nutritional assessment, compositional analysis, molecular analysis, and genetic stability.

 

Japan government panel has decided not to regulate some genome editing procedures.
21 AUG 18
The Members of Ministry of Environment (MoE), Government of Japan, agreed in a Technical Committee meeting that as long as a product of gene editing technology does not contain nucleic acids from a foreign source, it should not be regulated under the existing genetic engineering regulations in Japan. The MoE is of the opinion to have an “Advisory Panel on GMOs” meeting shortly which will include legal experts also to discuss the decision of Technical Committee.

South Asia Biosafety Program – August newsletter
AUG 2018
Relevant news about biosafety regulation and policy developments in India and Bangladesh, as well as updates about the capacity building activities through the South Asia Biosafety Program are highlighted in this newsletter.

 

Philippines farmer leaders support the application of biotechnology in agriculture
19 AUG 18
Twenty-eight farmer-leaders from six regions in Mindanao, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, added their signatures to more than 200 other previous signatories in the “Declaration of Support for the Application of Biotechnology in Agriculture.”

 

Shifting the limits in wheat research and breeding using a fully annotated reference genome
17 AUG 18
The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium gives hope to wheat farmers as they publish the fully annotated reference genome wheat opening new vistas in research and breeding of wheat which is one of the major staple food crops in the world.

 

GMO eggplant crop expands in Bangladesh
06 AUG 2018
Farmers are continuing to rapidly adopt Bt eggplant (brinjal) in Bangladesh, resulting in reduced pesticide use and higher incomes, according to a new paper authored by scientists involved in developing and releasing the pioneering genetically modified crop.

 

Bt Eggplant Project in Bangladesh: History, Present Status, and Future Direction
03 AUG 2018
History, accomplishments, and future direction of the Bt brinjal (eggplant) program in Bangladesh.

 

 

How to make the gene-editing tool CRISPR work even better
02 AUG 2018
Scientists have found conclusive evidence that Cas9, the most popular enzyme currently used in CRISPR gene editing, is less effective and precise than one of the lesser-used CRISPR proteins, Cas12a. Because Cas9 is more likely to edit the wrong part of a plant’s or animal’s genome, disrupting healthy functions, the scientists make the case that switching to Cas12a would lead to safer and more effective gene editing.

EU will regulate gene-edited organisms as GMOs
26 JUL 2018
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has reached the conclusion that organisms made by any mutagenesis method are GMOs under the European GMO regulations. They must meet the same regulatory requirements that more traditional GMOs must abide by, such as an environmental risk assessment and government authorization.

 

Commercialization of Bt brinjal is likely to be next year in Philippines.
22 JUL 18
Associate Professor Cesar Quicoy of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños told in a symposium that the Institute of Plant Breeding is already in the process of applying for commercialization of Bt brinjal, 10 years after its introduction in the country. According to his statement, commercialization of Bt brinjal will be possible by next year in Philippines.

For noncommercialization of Bt eggplant, Filipino farmers losing P33.85 billion
22 JUL 18
Filipino farmers are losing as much as P33.85 billion annually due to noncommercialization of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant as the genetically modified (GM) crop could double their net income, according to an economist.

 

Vietnamese farmers optimistic about genetically modified maize
16 JUL 2018
Genetically modified maize (GMM) is a pest resistant crop. If GMM is farmed on a large scale, the amount of maize Vietnam needs to import will decrease. However, the GMM cultivated areas remain far below expectations.

 

Indian Farmers want GM Cotton Seeds
12 JUL 2018
Indian farmers are ready to buy GM cotton seeds at all costs because GM seeds give a better productivity and profitability to cotton growing farmers.

 

Australian government authorizes GM wheat field trials
11 JUL 2018
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator has issued licence DIR 162 to CSIRO, authorising the limited and controlled release (field trial) of wheat genetically modified (GM) for rust disease resistance.

 

Public consultations scheduled for Golden Rice field trials
06 JULY 2018
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has announced that the Philippines Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) has given the approval for the conduct of public consultations on the proposed field trials for GR2E Golden Rice.

 

Mandatory labels can improve attitudes toward genetically engineered food
27 JUNE 2018
Scientists from USA reported that mandatory labelling policy of GE foods in USA reduced the opposition level to GE food and helpful to communicate the benefits and risks to consumer and change their perception for GE food.

 

Fact sheet of ISAAA reiterates the potential of biotechnology
21 JUN 2018
Climate change is a major challenge for agriculture and food security and GM technology can address problems that cannot be solved through conventional crop improvement methods.

 

GM crops increased farm income and production more in the developing countries than the developed countries
11 JUN 2018
On the basis of cultivation of four main GM crops – soybean, corn, cotton and canola, annual updated analysis shows that there continues to be very significant net economic benefits at the farm level amounting to $18.2 billion in 2016 and $186.1 billion for the period 1996–2016 (in nominal terms). These gains have been divided 48% to farmers in developed countries and 52% to farmers in developing countries.

Making healthy, cheap animal feeds
10 JUN 2018
Dr. Laura Pham, a chemist and food scientist from the University Researcher IV in the Oils and Fats Laboratory and Feeds and Specialty Products Laboratory of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Biotech) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños in Laguna, developed copra meal (generally considered as waste) enriched with protein and mixed in animal feeds, making the livestock and fish healthy for human consumers.

Scientists develop early flowering transgenic mustard
07 JUN 2018
Scientists at Tata Energy Research Institute, India, developed an early flowering transgenic mustard variety. The research will help to develop a plant variety in mustard with shorter life cycle and with better yields through reduced exposure to the harsh climatic conditions in the fields.

 

Smart tech to help PHL achieve sustainable agri goals
07 JUN 18
The Philippines is promoting the adoption and practice of advanced technology and smart farming methods such vertical farming, micropropagation, cryopreservation and hydroponics, with the aim of developing technology to increase crop production and minimize losses.

 

These Indian farmers are using Whatsapp and Facebook to demand GM seeds technology
30 MAY 2018
Indian farmers are using social media to demand GM seeds of cotton. The Shetkari Sanghatana (Farmer organization) is organizing conferences for farmers and consumers to create awareness about GM seeds and its volunteers are also going directly to villages to speak to farmers about it. It will help the smallholder farmers to cut down the cost of cultivation and increase farmers’ income.

Simultaneous editing of two copies of Gh14-3-3d confers enhanced transgene-clean plant defense against Verticillium dahliae in allotetraploid upland cotton
30 MAY 2018
The CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system is a robust and highly efficient tool for generating target gene mutants, by which the genes of interest may be functionally dissected and applied through genotype-to-phenotype approaches. Using this new breeding method, Chinese scientists developed fungus-resistant cotton. These lines can be used as a germplasm to breed disease-resistant cotton varieties.

US FDA approves GMO Golden Rice as safe to eat
29 MAY 2018
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Golden Rice, marking the third positive international assessment for the genetically engineered biofortified crop. Previously, Food Standards Australia, New Zealand and Health Canada gave Golden Rice the stamp of approval in February and March 2018 respectively.

 

CRISPR-Edited Rice Plants Produce Major Boost in Grain Yield
29 MAY 2018
A team of scientists from Purdue University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences has used CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology to develop a variety of rice that produces 25-31 percent more grain and would have been virtually impossible to create through traditional breeding methods.

 

The future of genetically modified crops in India
21 MAY 2018
Intellectual property rights in relation to plant varieties, including transgenic varieties, are the subject matter of protection under the provisions of the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Act, decided by Indian court. It may affects the investment by private sector in GM research and future of GM crops in India.

 

More sustainable potato production through extended IPM for late blight
15 MAY 2018
Cultivation of cisgenic or conventionally bred, late blight resistant potato varieties in combination with pathogen population monitoring and a “do not spray unless” strategy resulted in an 80 – 90% reduction of the fungicide use as compared to current common practice. A team of scientists from Wageningen University & Research andTeagasc – the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority published these findings in the scientific journal European Journal of Agronomy.

USDA’s hands-off approach to gene-edited crops could revolutionize research and development
15 MAY 2018
USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have been developed through traditional breeding techniques as long as they are not plant pests or developed using plant pests. The USDA’s recent decision to stay out of the business of regulating gene-edited crops could be a game changer for a sector long dominated by a handful of companies armed with massive research and development budgets.

Agricultural biotechnologies that improved safety, yields, food security in developing nations
02 MAY 2018
Genetic Literacy Project reports that agricultural biotechnologies has significant impact on food security and environmental safety developing countries including China, India and Pakistan.

 

Discovery of new genes in rice for abiotic stress-tolerance
25 APR 2018
A group of scientists from IRRI, the Institute of Crop Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), BGI-Shenzhen, and 13 other partner institutions, published a collaborative research that will enable scientists to discover new gene variants and characterize known genes for important traits, such as the natural ability of a particular variety to resist diseases and withstand floods, drought, and salty water. This study is recently published in Nature (doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0063-9).

Can genomics deliver climate-change ready crops?
21 APR 2018
This review summarizes how germplasm collections are utilized to identify superior alleles/haplotypes through NGS based sequencing approaches and how genomics-enabled technologies together with precise phenotyping are being used in crop breeding. Pre-breeding and genomics-assisted breeding approaches are contributing to the more efficient development of climate-resilient crops. 

South Asia Biosafety Program – April newsletter
APR 2018
Relevant news about biosafety regulation and policy developments in India and Bangladesh, as well as updates about the capacity building activities through the South Asia Biosafety Program are highlighted in this newsletter.

 

Late-blight resistant potatoes hold promise for farmers in Uganda and beyond
12 APR 2018
Late blight disease is a major constraint for potato production, costing farmers an estimated $3-$10 billion per year globally. Scientists at the International Potato Center (CIP) decided to try genetic engineering to transfer genes that confer resistance to late blight in wild relatives of potato into potato varieties that are popular with farmers and consumers.

 

Plant scientists welcome the US decision to not regulate the gene edited crops
08 APR 2018
The US decision to not regulate the crops developed by gene editing method paves the way for generating genetically altered crops without major regulatory restrictions. This will also open new vistas for other countries in the world.

2020 marks 20 years since opening of the Millenium Seed Bank at Kew, UK
27 November 2020

2020 marks 20 years since opening of the Millenium Seed Bank at Kew, UK.

 

 

 

Safeguarding a global seed heritage from Syria to Svalbard
20 November 2020

Safeguarding a global seed heritage from Syria to Svalbard.
Image credit: NordGen

 

 

 

Scientists Identify New Resistance Gene to Potato Disease that Caused Irish Famine
09 October 2020

Scientists Identify New Resistance Gene to Potato Disease that Caused Irish Famine.

 

 

 

Tailor-made climate-ready and nutrient-dense rice
03 July 2020

Precision breeding has tailor-made new rice varieties will combat the double burden of malnutrition and a pesticide-free environment.

 

 

 

Guidance on Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Nutrition and Health
19 June 2020

In the midst of COVID-19, WHO published a comprehensive document on Guidance on mainstreaming biodiversity for nutrition and health.

 

 

 

Biodiversity: a building block for a healthier future
25 MAY 2020

The slogan of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity, “Our solutions are in nature,” stresses the importance of working together at all levels to build a healthy and sustainable future, in harmony with nature.

 

 

 

Horizontal gene transfer of Fhb7 from fungus underlies Fusarium head blight resistance in wheat
17 APRIL 2020

 

Fusarium head blight (FHB), a fungal disease caused by Fusarium species that produce food toxins, currently devastates wheat production worldwide. Scientists have found a protective gene in wild wheatgrass to introduce resistance against fusarium head blight disease wheat and barley crops.

 

A Report on Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) by the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and nutrition (HLPE)
10 APRIL 2020

 

Important disclaimer Given the very short notice of the CFS’s urgent request, and the fact that the present crisis is unprecedented in its scale, changing rapidly and with many unknowns, this document should be viewed as a draft discussion document aimed to help inform the CFS. Following discussion with the Bureau and Advisory Group of the CFS, the HLPE anticipates further developing this document and strengthening its recommendations, as well as integrating the issue in the next HLPE Report: “Food security and nutrition: a global narrative towards 2030”.

Major Seed deposit at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Longyearbyen
26 FEBRUARY 2020

Thirty-five genebanks from all continents deposited seeds at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, at a deposit event hosted by Norwegian Prime Minister and co-chair of the UN group of SDG Advocates, Erna Solberg.

 

World’s food systems rely on biodiversity
26 FEBRUARY 2020

Five FAO puBiodiversity is fundamental for ecosystems, for human beings, and is the basis of food diversity, said by Director General FAO, during Open-ended Working Group established by the Convention on Biological Diversity.

 


Five FAO publications to read in 2020
13 JANUARY 2020

Five FAO publications to must read to all agricultural researchers in 2020.

 

Zero Draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
06 JANUARY 2020

Zero Draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is released to that will form the basis for negotiations on a #biodiversity2020 agreement to safeguard all life on Earth. 

 

Access to Seeds Index 2019 South and Southeast Asia
DEC 2018
Watch out The Access to Seeds Index for South and Southeast Asian seed companies. It is one of the first benchmarks to be published as part of the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA), launched last September during the UN General Assembly in New York. The goal of WBA benchmarks is to increase the contribution of the private sector to achieving the SDGs.

 

 

Biopreservation and Biobanking
DEC 2018
Special issue of ‘Biopreservation and Biobanking’ on ‘Agricultural Genebanks’, is based on the experience of the Global Crop Diversity Trust and its partners in building a global system for ex situ conservation of crop diversity. It provides a glimpse of how modern agricultural biobanks organize their work to embrace new challenges, and work together to share ideas and technologies.

 

 

First Annual Crop Wild Relatives Week kicks off 
22-29 SEP 2018
The Crop Science Society of America is proud to host Crop Wild Relatives Week on September 22 – 29, 2018, to celebrate the contribution that these humble and hearty plants have made to increasing food security around the world. The collections of plants; the work being done to collect, conserve, characterize, and use them; and the importance of continuing to do so will be highlighted in blogs, web stories, and infographics. Online resources for anyone interested in learning more crop wild relatives can be found (https://www.crops.org/crop-wild-relative).

 

Crop wild relative week
22-29 SEP 2018
Crop Science Society of America celebrates ‘Crop Wild Relative (CWR) week’ during September 22-29, 2018. To learn more but in simple way through web blogs, video and other stories about CWR and its use in crop improvement programs, visit the above link.

 

Nitrogen fixation in a landrace of maize is supported by a mucilage-associated diazotrophic microbiota
07 AUG 2018
Hundreds years old corn landrace from Mexico has evolved in a way to make its own nitrogen, which could revolutionize farming.

 

 

Feeling the pulse: Towards better self-sufficiency in pulses in India
28 JUL 2018
Pulses are a key source of protein in most Indian diets and India is the biggest consumer of pulses in the world. Yet, with stagnation of production in spite of increase in demand, there has been an increasing demand-supply gap for pulses in India. A multi-pronged approach including quality seed availability and increased profitability for farmers can help India bridge this gap.

 

Saving the seed: A bank that secures the future of agriculture
12 JUL 2018
The RS Paroda Genebank at ICRISAT hosts 126,830 accessions collected from 144 countries. It is one of the largest international repositories of plant genetic resources. Each accession is now being accorded a globally unique and permanent identifier or Digital Object Identifier (DOI) just as is done for published research. DOI assignment guidelines have been issued by FAO and Treaty on September 23, 2016.

Likely change in biopiracy rules under Nagoya Protocol
06 JUL 2018
European scientists believe that a change in biopiracy rules in Nagoya protocol will hamper the research and even jeopardize the food safety in the long term. However, important issues and the spirit of the Protocol should remain intact as “everyone should benefit” from the use of the information.

 

CBD limits biodiversity research
29 JUNE 2018
Regulatory process under CBD framework unintentionally curtail the biodiversity research and limit the international collaboration amongst biodiversity-rich countries – an article published by Prathapan et al in Science. The views mentined in the article were endorsed by 172 co-signatories belonging to 35 countries.

 

Bacterial blight resistant rice variety developed
14 JUN 2018
Indian scientists inserted a bacterial blight resistant gene in popular rice variety, which is grown in 80,000 ha in India, through marker-assisted backcross breeding method.

 

Disrupting agricultural and tree biodiversity science – a review of Bioversity International’s 2017
22 MAY 2018
On the International Day of Biological Diversity, Bioversity International published its 2017 Annual Report. This report presents scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security.

 

APSA/WorldVeg Vegetable Breeding Consortium: Growing stronger with every new member
18 MAY 2018
The Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA)/World Vegetable Center Vegetable Breeding Consortium held its second annual workshop on 16-17 May 2017 in Shanhua, Taiwan. 32 seed companies from the Asia Pacific region joined the workshop, for two days of discussions, seminars, and in-field evaluations of various crops. 

 

PARC Organised Workshop on Plant Genetic Resources, Gene Bank Operations
07 MAY 2018
On May 8th, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) and COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad organized an ‘International Workshop on Plant Genetic Resources and Gene bank Operations Management Systems’, to train 35 participants from OIC member states.

 

Brainstorming Meeting on Strategies for Implementation of ‘Delhi Declaration for Agrobiodiversity Management’ in India – Proceedings and Action Points
02 MAY 2018
A brainstorming meeting on Strategies for Implementation of ‘Delhi Declaration on Agrobiodiversity Management’ was organized in India to chalk out a plan for effective implementation of the 12-point Delhi Declaration on Agrobiodiversity Management, adopted by the 1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress (IAC 2016). This document summarizes the deliberations of the meeting and the proposed action plan for management of genetic resources in India to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and Aichi targets.

Discovery of new genes in rice for abiotic stress-tolerance
25 APR 2018
A group of scientists from IRRI, the Institute of Crop Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), BGI-Shenzhen, and 13 other partner institutions, published a collaborative research that will enable scientists to discover new gene variants and characterize known genes for important traits, such as the natural ability of a particular variety to resist diseases and withstand floods, drought, and salty water. This study is recently published in Nature (doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0063-9).

Role of genomics in promoting the utilization of plant genetic resources in genebanks
23 APR 2018
It is estimated that about 1% of germplasm conserved in genebanks are utilized. Genomics has potential to revolutionize the utilization of genebank collections for having positive impact on food and nutritional security, concluded by Australian scientists.

 

Injecting diversity to bolster immunity to climate change and food insecurity
16 APR 2018
Agricultural biodiversity is essential for our survival and well-being. Much like the way vaccines work to protect human health, a rich diversity of species and varieties bolster agricultural production systems to be more resilient and in many cases even ‘immune’ to climate change and food insecurity. Bioversity International and its partners in Guatemala recently implemented one such diversity ‘injection’.

Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) labelling in plant genetic resources
02 APR 2018
Maintaining this relationship is particularly important when material from genebanks is used to develop new varieties, explains Matija Obreza, Genesys Information Systems Manager at the Crop Trust. The proper identification of parents via DOIs allows the use of the material to be tracked and that helps when determining the impact of genebank collections. DOIs also allow for automated discovery of publications by scanning the Internet for a specific DOI. It will also support the effective conservation and use of PGR in crop improvement programs.

Gene Editing is Different from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO
02 December 2020

#Geneediting is #economic yet much more efficient and #natural #method of improving specific #traits in a #plant species.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

CRISPR-Cas3 is a New Tool for Making Large Deletions
01 December 2020

#CRISPRCas-3 a new #DNA cutting tool developed by the experts for more precise editing of the gene.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Gene-editing can Save Strawberry Crop from Fungal Disease
30 November 2020

More #diseaseresistant #strawberries are being developed at the #Norwegian Institute for bio-economy (#Nibio). These can cope up with both #Grey Mold and other #diseases.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

CRISPR can make Sweet Potato Nutritious and Yield better
29 November 2020

#Ghana parliament is working towards the #bill on gene-editing that sets a high hope for #regulation of #gene-edited sweet-potatoes for the masses.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Alfalfa-A a Perennial, Sustainable Forage Crop
28 November 2020

#Geneediting #Alfalfa will be a #non-GMO.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Growth-promoting genes to help regenerate plants modified by CRISPR editing
27 November 2020

Scientists have found a way towards maximum #regeneration of cells to #newplants after treating with #CRISPR.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

On the Occasion of India’s #NationalMilkDay we Applaud Dairy Farmers and Livestock and Forage Researchers across the Globe
26 November 2020

On the Occasion of India’s #NationalMilkDay we Applaud Dairy Farmers and Livestock and Forage Researchers across the Globe.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

CRISPR Elucidates Spike and Grain Characteristics in Wheat
25 November 2020

CRISPR generated loss-of-function mutant help study #floral organs and inflorescence development in #wheat.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

CRISPR is one of the most important discoveries of the 21st Century
24 November 2020

#CRISPR is the answer to all worries associated with low quality #yield and poor #planthealth.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Gene-editing cannot be Bracketed as GMO
23 November 2020

Gene-edited #crops cannot be grouped as GMO as they are indistinguishable from conventionally bred crops.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

 

Gene-editing can make crops more Climate Resilient
22 November 2020

#GeneEditing can help develop crops that are #resource use efficient #yield better and produce #quality food without being affected by climate #uncertainties.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Survey shows European companies are interested in New Breeding technologies for a very wide range of crop
21 November 2020

#EU needs to #change its stance on #GeneEdited crops being #Regulated same as #GMOs.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Colour of Petunia cultivar ‘Madness Midnight’ changed using CRISPR
20 November 2020

#CRISPR a #tool to elucidate gene function by #site-specific #mutations in gene of interest.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Gene-edited Crops can Curb Climate Change
18 November 2020

#Climate change and #GHG #emissions can be controlled by developing efficient crops via #geneediting.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

 

Gene Edited Bacterial Blight Resistant Rice Considered as Non GMO
17 November 2020

New #gene#edited #blight #resistant #rice variety has been considered as conventional variety by USDA.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International
U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

 

 

 

Gene Editing can Improve Soy Protein Content
16 November 2020

Improved #soybean meal # soy based meat and #aquaculture feed can be provided by #geenediting.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

 

Testing the Efficacy of designed CRISPR-based genome editing Tools
14 November 2020

#DNA-free #screening system using pepper protoplast is a simple, convincing, and promising tool for #precision evaluation.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Gene-Editing can Help improve the Quality of Barley
13 November 2020

Acceptance and adoption of gene edited crops like #Barley will benefit Scottish farmers.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Gene-Editing of a Transcription Factor, enhances drought tolerance in Tomato
12 November 2020

#CRISPR can be used to increase drought tolerance in #tomatoes.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Rapid TALEN Assembly Protocol for Gene-Editing
11 November 2020

A new #TALEN assembly protocol developed by researchers to achieve bigger #milestones than #CRISPR.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

This #WorldScienceDay, let’s celebrate the role of scientific achievements and innovations in agriculture
10 November 2020

“Science for Society, Science with Society and Science for All”.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

German green MPs are supporting the use of gene editing technologies
09 November 2020

Exemption from regulation on #geneediing will serve #crop sustainability and mass #food production in #Europe.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Gene Editing Receives Enormous Support from FDP, Germany
07 November 2020

#Germany is supporting #geneediting and calling #EU to allow its use in #agriculture.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Biotechnology Has Helped Humans Since The Beginning of The Civilization
06 November 2020

#Geneediting is the past, present and future of #agricultural #science. It promises a better and #healthier tomorrow.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Gene editing should be reasonably regulated to benefit agriculture
05 November 2020

#Gene edited crops do not contain #foreign genetic material. They requires willful #exemption from regulations to #improve #crop varieties #in India.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

India will be able to savour nutritionally enhanced banana developed through CRISPR
04 November 2020

#Biofortification of bananas will reduce #deficiency of #VitaminA among #Indian #children. with its availability in such a common fruit.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Gene-editing can Help Breed Nutritious Food
03 November 2020

#Organic food industry can #benefits from #Gene editing, in producing #superior #quality #nutritious #food.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

New Wheat Variety for Better Quality Flour using Gene-editing
02 November 2020

#Trans-gene free, #rain-resistant #wheat developed using gene-editing.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Genome editing allows a Hopeful Future for Agriculture
01 November 2020

#Gene-editing technology will be highly impactful for increasing #agricultural production required for the world #population of #10million by #2050.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Gene-editing can help Raise Healthier Cattle
01 November 2020

Low and middle-income countries can benefit by implementing #geneediting #technologies to raise #healthier farm animals. CSIR – Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology CCMB.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Transgene free Carotenoid mutants generated through CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing
30 October 2020

#Researchers have developed an efficient way to obtain #gene-edited potatoes using #Agrobacterium-mediated #transformation.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

 

Gene-Editing can help in Economic Production of Algal Biodiesel
29 October 2020

Studies reveal that gene editing and #molecular #breeding of microalga can help in biodiesel production.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Gene Editing Is Remarkable in Improving the Quality of Barley Crops
28 October 2020

#CRISPR can improve #grain #quality of #barley #crops.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Rice Seed Shattering Characterized using Gene-Editing
27 October 2020

#Rice domestication with #non-shattering trait can be achieved through #CRISPR #genome editing.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Gene editing can make Non-GM Herbicide tolerant Soybean a Reality
27 October 2020

#Gene edited #herbicide tolerant #soybean will not be regulated as a GMO.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Genome Editing Benefits by the Development of New Bicistonic TALENs
27 October 2020

New #bicistronic #TALENs is a great enhancement in improving #genome #editing and better results.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Gene-Editing to Fight Greenhouse Emission
24 October 2020

Gene-editing can help mitigate climate change. Elimination of #unscientific #regulatory burdens will ensure faster #development and adoption.

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

South Korean Gene-edited Soybean will Not be Regulated
23 October 2020

South Korea promotes new Improved Soybean developed using CRISPR.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

OcCRS2 plays a Vital role in early Development of Rice Chloroplast
22 October 2020

CRISPR helps understand the function of #OsCRS2 in early #chloroplast development in #rice.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

MLN Resistant Varieties for Kenya and Uganda
21 October 2020

#Drought-tolerant, #MLN resistant #hybrids will be produced for #Africa by applying #gene editing tools.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

Agricultura de Conservación (CIMMYT) 
KALRO 
Agricultural Research Council 
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Corteva Agriscience

 

 

 

Disease resistant stable cannabis seeds through CRISPR
20 October 2020

#Cannabis seeds with enhanced #traits may become available by #2021 for the growers.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

EU cannot achieve F2F goals by 2030 while producing the same amount of food.
19 October 2020

#EU should endorse #Gene-editing for the #benefit and #welfare of all European #farmers and #consumers.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

On this World Food Day…
16 October 2020

Let’s support sustainable food production and responsible consumption. Ample Nutritious food for everyone everywhere.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 
World Health Organization (WHO) 
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India 
Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, India

 

 

 

 

A new variety of #petunia developed with #CRISPR #genomeediting technology not to be regulated by #USDA
15 October 2020

Gene-edited petunia determined as Non-GMO.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

 

Technological Innovation can Make Food Production More Sustainable
14 October 2020

Implementation of reasonable regulatory policies will intensify #growth and #innovation in agriculture for creating a strong #foodvaluechain.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

 

Global Regulatory landscape hints towards greater acceptance of Gene edited crops
13 October 2020

#Chile takes a progressive to tackle drought and salinity through #gene-edited #crops. Allows #fieldtrials of edited crops.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

 

Global Regulatory landscape hints towards greater acceptance of Gene edited crops
12 October 2020

#Genome-editing in agriculture is gaining greater acceptance among nations, farmers and the consumers.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

 

Climate resilience needs multi-stress tolerant crops
11 October 2020

More #climateresilient crops can be grown for maximum output and #sustainability under stressful climatic condition using #gene-editing technology. Universitat Jaume I – UJI.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

 

Science based technology regulations will positively impact trade
10 October 2020

#Commercialization of #technologies in #agriculture can change the way agriculture may enter into direct #trading.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

 

#NoblePrize2020 for #Chemistry awarded for the development of a method for #GenomeEditing to #Charpentier and #Doudna
09 October 2020

A technology that will continue to contribute immensely to #crop improvement globally. Max Planck Society UC Berkeley.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

 

Advanced cassava breeding can provide food and income benefits across continents
09 October 2020

New insights on advanced #Cassava #Breeding worldwide.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

 

Switchgrass and Sorghum will be Improved Through Gene Editing Technique
08 October 2020

#Gene-editing technology improvement will #ensure #improvements in #Sorghum and #Switchgrass.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Gene Editing Can Help In Producing Tastier, Much Healthier Produce For New Generations
07 October 2020

New and better #foodvarieties and products are #possible through #CRISPR.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

The weak allele of Semi Dwarf 1 gene from Japonica rice is beneficial for improving yield in Indica rice
06 October 2020

The green revolution related Yield #enhancement in #indicarice can be improved through a weaker mutation that #increases plant #height and #biomass.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

China Yet to Decide a Sustainable Regulatory Framework for Gene-Edited Crops
05 October 2020

In the pipeline, China yet to work on regulating gene-edited crops.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

CRISPR will Revolutionize Food Supermarkets with Nutrient Rich Products
04 October 2020

U.S. Department of Agriculture gives a green signal for commercialization of new leafy greens developed through CRISPR.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

New Method For CRISPR-Cas RNA Targeting Explained
03 October 2020

The new #Cas13a System can be used to #manipulate #RNA modifications, edit RNA sequence and as a #nucleic acid #detection #tool.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Europe Regulates Genome Editing Under GM Biosafety Rules
02 October 2020

Majority of countries are considering new laws to regulate gene-editing plants other than GMOs regulation.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

 

Robust pipeline for Gene-edited Crops
01 October 2020

#Farmers looking forward to #agriculture business #encouraging the #acceptance of #Gene-edited crops.

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources
CropLife International

 

 

 

United States will not regulate most Gene Edited Crops
24 August 2020

Slowly and gradually the world is moving towards embracing technology for improving the food products, be it plant-based meat, alternate sources of protein, or foods from gene-edited crops. This is also imperative to meet the ever-increasing demand for global food reserves. The USA being a global trendsetter has once again made other nations rethink and re-evaluate the regulations for biotech crops, by exempting some gene-edited plants from government oversight by itself…Read more

 

Gene Editing: A Revolution Worth Formulating Better Regulatory Laws
17 August 2020

An idea that gave humanity the opportunity to make a modification in a life form’s natural capabilities and characteristics. Feels like a delicate balance of knowledge and potential to improve existing crops with desirable traits. Dedicated scientists and biotechnologists have successfully managed to revolutionize the use of gene editing animals and plants for enhancing their natural characteristics. The revolutionary technological enhancement has effects, which is possessing huge potential in producing high yields with enhanced benefits. Imagine the ability to transform the basic necessity of all life forms (food). This might lead to a discussion as to how the need of gene-edited agricultural crops and other feeding utilities is directly proportionate to the use of tools and techniques used in the agribusiness…Read more

 

Gene Editing: A Propitious Technology for Crop Improvement and Sustainability
07 August 2020

Since the outbreak of the deadly novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the city of Wuhan in China, millions have been affected and killed around the globe. Along with that emerged multiple conspiracy theories against genetically modified crops, farming technologies and gene editing. Anti-technology activists received their share of stimulants to fabricate new myths around the same line. They have completely ignored the scientific studies and approvals of gene modifications being undertaken globally to produce viable vaccines and treatments for offering diagnosis and cure for the COVID-19 pandemic…Read more

 

Asia-Pacific consortium on agricultural biotechnology and bioresources (APCoAB) XIXth steering committee meeting (2019)
12 JUN 2019
The XXth Steering Committee (SC) Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources (APCoAB) was held on June 12, 2019 at Ibis Styles Bangkok Ratchda Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was attended by 19 participants, comprising the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, members of the SC, special invitees and observers (Annex I).


APAARI participate in 3rdSenior Official Meetings of APEC Economies held at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
16 AUG 2018
Dr Rishi Tyagi, Coordinator, Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources (APCoAB), Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), participated in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology (APEC HLPD AB),  22ndAgricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group(ATCWG) Meeting and ABAC Food Security Symposium, on August 6-9, 2018, held at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

 

APCoAB Coordinator visits Philippines research organizations
16 AUG 2018
Dr Rishi Tyagi, Coordinator, APCoAB, APAARI, visited Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources (DOST-PCAARRD), National Institute of Molecular Biology (NIMBB) and Biotechnology, and Science and Education for Agriculture and Development (SEARCA) at Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines, on August 13, 2018.

 

Asia-Pacific consortium on agricultural biotechnology and bioresources (APCoAB) XIXth steering committee meeting (2018)
28 MAY 2018
The XIXth Steering Committee (SC) Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources (APCoAB) was held on May 28, 2018 at Rama Gardens Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was attended by 18 participants, comprising the Chairman, Vice Chairman, members of the SC, their representatives, special invitees and observers (Annex I).