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Synthetic Genes Found to Modify Root Structures and Increase Plant Resiliency
16 September 2022

Using synthetic genes, researchers at Stanford University have been able to modify the root structures of plants which could make crops more efficient at gathering nutrients and water, and more resilient to increasing pressures from climate change.
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Gene-edited rice can naturally fix nitrogen in the soil, vastly reducing the need for chemical fertilizers
13 September 2022

With new genetically modified grain crops, a sustainable alternative can be created by adopting a new way of producing grain, without the large amounts of fertilizer that are normally involved in cultivation.
News Source | Photo Credit: Jeanette Kras | Scientias | Open University via Britannica

 

 

 

Global Strategy for the Conservation and Use of Eggplants
08 September 2022

The Crop Trust initiated the development of a global conservation strategy for eggplants to overview the current status and identify issues of concern.
News Source | Photo Credit: THE CROP TRUST

 

 

 

Novel Protein Vpb4Da2 Against Western Corn Rootworm Passes Food and Feed Safety Assessment
06 September 2022

The development of genetically modified (GM) crops expressing one or more proteins that confer tolerance to Western Corn Rootworm, was a historic breakthrough in agricultural biotechnology and continues to serve as an invaluable tool in pest management.
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA | PLOS ONE

 

 

 

Researchers Improve Pre-harvest Sprouting Resistance in Rice Using CRISPR-Cas9
01 September 2022

Pre-harvest sprouting can be checked by strengthening seed dormancy using gene editing technology.
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA | Research Square

 

 

 

Better seeds and biotechnology can boost Africa’s crop productivity
30 August 2022

Modern biotechnology offers a great potential to enhance agricultural productivity, food security and nutritional security and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Africa.
News Source | Photo Credit: JOSEPH MAINA | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

An increasing number of countries regulate genome editing in crops
25 August 2022

It is an encouraging situation that over the past 2 years, many more countries have introduced guidelines that enable use of such edited lines in agriculture in a similar way as conventionally bred lines, provided they do not contain a transgene.
News Source | Photo Credit: Marcel Buchholzer, Wolf B. Frommer | John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

 

 

 

Functional diversity of farmland bees across rural–urban landscapes in a tropical megacity
23 August 2022

Urban agriculture can maintain functionally diverse bee communities and, if managed in a sustainable manner, be used to develop win–win solutions for biodiversity conservation of pollinators and food security in and around cities.
News Source | Photo Credit: Gabriel Marcacci, Ingo Grass, Vikas S. Rao, Shabarish Kumar S, K. B. Tharini, Vasuki V. Belavadi, Nils Nölke, Teja Tscharntke, Catrin Westphal

 

 

 

Genetic Resources are a Key to Our Future
19 August 2022

Genetic resources serve as the starting point for developing improved varieties through conventional and modern plant breeding techniques.
News Source | Photo Credit: International Seed Federation

 

 

 

Cryopreservation and the Future of Plant Conservation
17 August 2022

Cryopreservation for long-term conservation of vegetatively propagated and recalcitrant seed species is best alternate method.
News Source | Photo Credit: Crop Trust

 

 

 

Catalyzing Commercialization: Gene Editing Promises New Disease-Resistant Citrus Trees
11 August 2022

Genome editing to create new disease resistance citrus varieties, requiring low pesticides
News Source | Photo Credit: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

 

 

 

Do only private companies conduct research on GMOs?
09 August 2022

Public institutions are also developing groundbreaking biotech innovations to mitigate food security and climate change.
News Source | Photo Credit: CropLife International

 

 

 

FAO Council endorses new 10-year strategies on Climate Change and on Science and Innovation
04 August 2022

“Adoption of biotechnology with enabling policies included in 10-year strategies of FAO Council to mitigate climate challenges.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: FAO

 

 

 

Opportunities for Orphan Crops: Expected Economic Benefits From Biotechnology
02 August 2022

Conducive enabling environment and increased support for adoption of biotechnology
News Source | Photo Credit: Patricia Zambrano, Ulrike Wood-Sichra, Remidius D. Ruhinduka, Dayo Phillip, Alejandro Nin Pratt, John Komen, Enoch Mutebi Kikulwe, José Falck Zepeda, Fred M. Dzanku and Judith A. Chambers

 

 

 

This CRISPR pioneer wants to capture more carbon with crops
28 July 2022

New research at Jennifer Doudna’s institute aims to create faster-growing, carbon-hungry plants using the gene-editing tool.
News Source | Photo Credit: Casey Crownhart | Innovative Genomics Institute 

 

 

 

Global biodiversity deal to halt nature loss stalls in Nairobi
26 July 2022

Global biodiversity deal to halt nature loss stalls in Nairobi
News Source | Photo Credit: Duncan Miriri and Gloria Dickie | Thomson Reuters Products

 

 

 

How genetic engineering is creating more nutritious, healthier food and protecting crops from ravaging diseases
21 July 2022

How genetic engineering is creating more nutritious, healthier food and protecting crops from ravaging diseases
News Source | Photo Credit: Steven Cerier | GENETIC LITERACY PROJECT

 

 

 

A hybrid inorganic–biological artificial photosynthesis system for energy-efficient food production
19 July 2022

Research Article: A hybrid inorganic–biological artificial photosynthesis system for energy-efficient food production
News Source | Photo Credit: Elizabeth C. Hann, Sean Overa, Marcus Harland-Dunaway, Andrés F. Narvaez, Dang N. Le, Martha L. Orozco-Cárdenas, Feng Jiao & Robert E. Jinkerson

 

 

 

Support for National Genebanks Underway
14 July 2022

News: Support for National Genebanks Underway
News Source | Photo Credit: Crop Trust | Nelissa Jamora

 

 

 

US intelligence report predicts greater global role for biotechnology
12 July 2022

US intelligence report predicts greater global role for biotechnology
News Source | Photo Credit: Joseph Opoku Gakpo | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

Kenyan Gov’t Gives Nod to Use of Bt Cottonseed Cake for Animal Feeds
07 July 2022

Kenyan Gov’t Gives Nod to Use of Bt Cottonseed Cake for Animal Feeds
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

CBD Technical Series No. 100 SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
05 July 2022

Publication: CBD Technical Series No. 100 SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
News Source | Photo Credit: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, UN Biodiversity

 

 

 

Ease regulatory burden to support ‘new revolution’ in crop breeding, researchers urge
30 June 2022

Ease regulatory burden to support ‘new revolution’ in crop breeding, researchers urge
News Source | Photo Credit: Joan Conrow | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

Genetic Variation and Unintended Risk in the Context of Old and New Breeding Techniques
28 June 2022

Genetic Variation and Unintended Risk in the Context of Old and New Breeding Techniques
News Source | Photo Credit: Stacy D. Singer, John D. Laurie, Andriy Bilichak, Santosh Kumar & Jaswinder Singh

 

 

 

Britain is paving the way for gene-edited food – will the public stomach it?
23 June 2022

Britain is paving the way for gene-edited food – will the public stomach it?
News Source | Photo Credit: CGIAR

 

 

 

Improving fruit and vegetable consumption will require a holistic approach
21 June 2022

Improving fruit and vegetable consumption will require a holistic approach
News Source | Photo Credit: CGIAR

 

 

 

Where GMO crops are grown around the world?
16 June 2022

See an infographic from ISAAA provides some top highlights. (2019)
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Our seeds could start the next Green Revolution
14 June 2022

Our seeds could start the next Green Revolution
News Source | Photo Credit: JOHN AGABA | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

Food security: Why is biodiversity important?
09 June 2022

Food security: Why is biodiversity important?
News Source | Photo Credit: Sunderland, T.C.H.

 

 

 

Our seeds could start the next Green Revolution
07 June 2022

Our seeds could start the next Green Revolution
News Source | Photo Credit: ICARDA Communication Team

 

 

 

New Zealand Farmer on the GMO Moratorium’s Impact on Sustainable Food and Agriculture, and Hopes CRISPR Crops Won’t Face the Same Fate
02 June 2022

New Zealand Farmer on the GMO Moratorium’s Impact on Sustainable Food and Agriculture, and Hopes CRISPR Crops Won’t Face the Same Fate.
News Source | Photo Credit: GLP | Global Farmer Network

 

 

 

Golden Rice rolling out in 7 provinces
31 May 2022

Golden Rice rolling out in 7 provinces
News Source | Photo Credit: Jordeene B. Lagare on Philippine Daily Inquirer | IRRI

 

 

 

DAWN OF A NEW ERA
26 May 2022

“With new regulations governing genome edited field trials in England coming into effect – mean that genome edited field trials will now no longer have to be run under GM regulations.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Rothamsted Research

 

 

 

Egypt considers planting genetically-modified seeds due to high prices of grain: Lawmaker
24 May 2022

Egypt considers planting genetically-modified seeds due to high prices of grain: Lawmaker
News Source | Photo Credit: Samar Samir | peakpx

 

 

 

Gene-edited cows just secured record-fast FDA approval – here’s why
19 May 2022

Gene-edited cows just secured record-fast FDA approval – here’s why
News Source | Photo Credit: JENNA GALLEGOS | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

Latest Developments in Genome Editing Regulation
17 May 2022

Latest Developments in Genome Editing Regulation
News Source | Photo Credit: Kristine Grace N. Tome | ISAAA

 

 

 

The BOLD Project
12 May 2022

Biodiversity for Opportunities, Livelihoods and Development is a groundbreaking 10-year project to combat climate change.
News Source | Photo Credit: The Crop Trust

 

 

 

Enlisting wild grass genes to combat nitrification in wheat farming: A nature-based solution
10 May 2022

Research article: Enlisting wild grass genes to combat nitrification in wheat farming: A nature-based solution
News Source | Photo Credit: Guntur V. Subbarao et al. (2021)

 

 

 

Tropical forests have big climate benefits beyond carbon storage
05 May 2022

“World’s tropical forests collectively cool the surface of the planet by around 1 °C. 2/3 their cooling power comes from their ability to suck in CO2 and store it; 1/3 comes by their ability to create clouds, humidify the air and release cooling chemicals.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI.
News Source | Photo Credit: Freda Kreier | Thomas Marent/Minden Pictures

 

 

 

The World’s First Genetically Engineered Wheat Is Here
03 May 2022

Argentina approved the world’s first genetically engineered wheat for cultivation and consumption. Production expanded dramatically in 2021.
News Source | Photo Credit: The Breakthrough Institute

 

 

 

‘Biodiversity goals impossible without indigenous peoples’
28 April 2022

‘Biodiversity goals impossible without indigenous peoples’
News Source | Photo Credit: Michelle Langrand

 

 

 

Exemption of the genome edited plants falling under categories of SDN1 and SDN2 from the provisions the Rules, 1989
26 April 2022

“Government of India issued an Office Memorandum for ‘Exemption of the genome edited plants falling under categories of SDN1 and SDN2 from the provisions the Rules, 1989’ i.e., not to be considered as GM plants. Good news not only for India but for whole Asia Pacific.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Department of Biotechnology India

 

 

 

Future Seeds: A Ground-Breaking Genebank to Help Climate-Proof Food Systems
21 April 2022

Future Seeds: A Ground-Breaking Genebank to Help Climate-Proof Food Systems
News Source | Photo Credit: CGIAR

 

 

 

Infographic – Gene editing FAQ
19 April 2022

Infographic – Gene editing FAQ
News Source | Photo Credit: Cornell Alliance for Science | Columbia

 

 

 

Philippine Government Updates Biotech Regulations to Speed Up Approvals
14 April 2022

Philippine Government Updates Biotech Regulations to Speed Up Approvals
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

The diversity of tropical tubers
12 April 2022

“Have a look at the diversity of tropical tubers conserved by Mr Regi Joseph, a Kerala farmer conservator and 2020 plant genome savior awardee. He is providing 150 accessions of tuberous crops to the in vitro genebank of @INbpgr”, ICAR-NBPGR
News Source | Photo Credit: ICAR-NBPGR

 

 

Best Practices in Gender and biodiversity
07 April 2022

Pathways for Multiple Benefits
News Source | Photo Credit: UN

 

 

New Zealand scientist challenges ‘scaremongering’ about herbicide glyphosate
05 April 2022

New Zealand scientist challenges ‘scaremongering’ about herbicide glyphosate
News Source | Photo Credit: Jacqueline Rowarth | New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science | Global Justice Now

 

 

 

Gene-edited wheat resists dreaded fungus without pesticides
31 March 2022

”New strain survives powdery mildew, a costly disease, without side effects.”, ERIK STOKSTAD
News Source | Photo Credit: ERIK STOKSTAD | AAAS

 

 

 

South Africa should rethink regulations on genetically modified plants
29 March 2022

South Africa should rethink regulations on genetically modified plants
News Source | Photo Credit: The Conversation | Shutterstock

 

 

 

@GlobalSeedVault places new seeds into the Vault today
23 March 2022

“Within the @GlobalSeedVault lies the work and passion of farmers worldwide who have protected their seeds for many years and decades and are now safeguarding them here to ensure #foodsecurity for future generations. It was an honor to place new seeds into the Vault today.”, The Crop Trust
News Source | Photo Credit: The Crop Trust

 

 

 

Linseed oil has extraordinary health benefits and well-established industrial uses
22 March 2022

“How do we identify the best line for a specific purpose? ICAR-NBPGR researchers characterize the entire #genebank collection in one go!”, ICAR-NBPGR
News Source | Photo Credit: ICAR-NBPGR

 

 

 

Massive production of ‘Golden Rice’ seeds to start this year
21 March 2022

To utilize & promote biotechnology in the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday said this year marks the start of massive production of Golden Rice seeds, particularly in the vitamin A-deficient provinces – DA Secretary, The Philippines
News Source | Photo Credit: Christine Cudis | IRRI

 

 

 

What does GMO mean?
15 March 2022

“As the term “bioengineered” becomes more common in the #UnitedStates thanks to the labeling law, let’s talk about some of the terms used for genetically modified organisms.”, GMOAnswers
News Source | Photo Credit: GMOAnswers

 

 

 

A CRISPR way for accelerating improvement of food crops
10 March 2022

“CRISPR technology will accelerate the breeding of food crops beyond what was imaginable before its development. Excellent review on CRISPR technology.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Yi Zhang, Mathias Pribil, Michael Palmgren & Caixia Gao | nature

 

 

 

China to allow gene-edited crops in push for food security
08 March 2022

“Great development to embrace modern plant breeding techniques.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Dominique Patton | A farmer plants seeds in a corn field at a farm in Gaocheng, Hebei province, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

 

 

 

World’s first CRISPR-edited sugarcane developed in Brazil
03 March 2022

World’s first CRISPR-edited sugarcane developed in Brazil
News Source | Photo Credit: Daniel Azevedo| Embrapa

 

 

 

Myths and misleading claims about fertilizers and pesticides lead to GMO fear mongering
01 March 2022

Myths and misleading claims about fertilizers and pesticides lead to GMO fear mongering
News Source | Photo Credit: VICTOR M. SHORROCKS | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

On agrobiodiversity, the Andes can teach the world much about crop conservation
25 February 2022

On agrobiodiversity, the Andes can teach the world much about crop conservation (commentary)
News Source | Photo Credit: Barbara Wells | Mongabay

 

 

 

2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress
24 February 2022

2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress – details
News Source | Photo Credit: GRSV Consulting Services

 

 

 

Smarter Farm Subsidies Can Drive Ecosystem Restoration
17 February 2022

“Supporting low-carbon versions of farming can provide sustainable returns for decades. Find out how shifting farm subsidies can drive land restoration in a report: https://www.wri.org/insights/how-farm-subsidies-combat-land-degradation.”, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
News Source | Photo Credit: Helen Ding, Will Anderson and René Zamora-Cristales | Peter Irungu/WRI

 

 

 

Genetic editing in livestock faces strong headwinds
15 February 2022

“Regulations on gene editing of animals are contributing to negative public perceptions of the technology and stifling innovation in the livestock sector”, according to Alison Van Eenennaam
News Source | Photo Credit: Matt McIntosh’s article on Farmtario | Alison Van Eenennaam

 

 

 

Should genetically modified organisms be part of our conservation efforts?
10 February 2022

Should genetically modified organisms be part of our conservation efforts?
News Source | Photo Credit: FERN WICKSON | Alliance For Science

 

 

 

Egyptian Scientists Develop Drought-Tolerant Tomatoes
08 February 2022

Egyptian Scientists Develop Drought-Tolerant Tomatoes
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Gene editing legislation to focus on crops – UK minister
03 February 2022

Gene editing legislation to focus on crops – UK minister
News Source | Photo Credit: Nigel Hunt | REUTERS

 

 

 

Nutritionally charged lettuce developed with CRISPR/Cas gene editing tech
01 February 2022

“A scientist in Israel is ‘tricking’ lettuce into producing nutrients in higher quantities thanks to gene editing technology CRISPR/Cas.”, FoodNavigator hears how.
News Source | Photo Credit: Flora Southey | Getty

 

 

 

Opinion: Greener and more sustainable food systems should be at the centre of climate action
27 January 2022

Opinion: Greener and more sustainable food systems should be at the centre of climate action
News Source | Photo Credit: Ban Ki-moon | ‘If we really want to tackle the climate crisis, we must consider whole food systems’ (AFP/Getty)

 

 

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH article: De novo Whole-Genome Assembly of Moringa oleifera Helps Identify Genes Regulating Drought Stress Tolerance
25 January 2022

De novo Whole-Genome Assembly of Moringa oleifera Helps Identify Genes Regulating Drought Stress Tolerance
News Source | Photo Credit: P Sushree Shyamli, Seema Pradhan, Mitrabinda Panda and Ajay Parida

 

 

 

Foods made from gene-edited wheat may contain lower levels of potentially carcinogenic chemical acrylamide
20 January 2022

Foods made from gene-edited wheat may contain lower levels of potentially carcinogenic chemical acrylamide
News Source | Photo Credit: Robert Arnason | Western Producer | 123rf

 

 

 

The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture
18 January 2022

The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture
News Source | Photo Credit: FAO

 

 

 

Ghana resumes approval process for insect-resistant cowpea, its first GMO crop
13 January 2022

Ghana resumes approval process for insect-resistant cowpea, its first GMO crop
News Source | Photo Credit: JOSEPH OPOKU GAKPO | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

A COVID vaccine grown in plants measures up
11 January 2022

A COVID vaccine grown in plants measures up
News Source | Photo Credit: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

 

 

 

Black rice cultivation brings hope to Assam’s tribal farmers
06 January 2022

Black rice cultivation brings hope to Assam’s tribal farmers
News Source | Photo Credit: Kangkan Kalita | The Times of India

 

 

 

Crop Wild Relatives: Pre-breeding
04 January 2022

“What does #prebreeding mean? It’s a bridge between #genebanks and breeders. The best traits of different crop varieties are combined and introduced back into our cultivated crops.”, The Crop Trust
News Source | Photo Credit: The Crop Trust

 

 

 

A Meta-Analysis of the Impacts of Genetically Modified Crops
30 December 2021

A Meta-Analysis of the Impacts of Genetically Modified Crops
News Source | Photo Credit: Wilhelm Klümper and Matin Qaim

 

 

 

Viewpoint: Will China Make Its Peace With GMOs?
28 December 2021

Viewpoint: Will China Make Its Peace With GMOs?
News Source | Photo Credit: Adam Minter | Brent Stirton/Getty

 

 

 

Removing the major allergen Bra j I from brown mustard (Brassica juncea) by CRISPR/Cas9
24 December 2021

“CRISPER/Cas9 can help to make food still safer than its natural form by removing allergenic determinants, e. g. allergen-free Bra j I from brown mustard (Brassica juncea)”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Juvenal Assou, Dingbo Zhang, Kristian D. R. Roth, Stephan Steinke, Michael Hust, Thomas Reinard, Traud Winkelmann, Jens Boch

 

 

 

Harnessing Crop Wild Diversity for Climate Change Adaptation
21 December 2021

“Genomic prediction, machine learning, and multi-trait gene editing, all offer innovative alternatives to speed up more accurate pre- and breeding efforts toward the increase in crop adaptability and yield.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Andrés J. Cortés and Felipe López-Hernández

 

 

 

GMO bean benefits Brazil’s consumers and smallholder farmers
16 December 2021

GMO bean benefits Brazil’s consumers and smallholder farmers
News Source | Photo Credit: Luis Ventura, Cornell Alliance for Science | Cultivatr

 

 

 

Do you know where GMO crops are grown?
14 December 2021

Do you know where GMO crops are grown?
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Viewpoint – Animal genetic selection will likely be embraced by public – but gene editing could face resistance from activist GMO opponents
09 December 2021

Viewpoint – Animal genetic selection will likely be embraced by public – but gene editing could face resistance from activist GMO opponents
News Source | Photo Credit: Alison Van Eenennaam | Pew Research and GloFish

 

 

 

The answer to the biodiversity crisis is not more debt
07 December 2021

The answer to the biodiversity crisis is not more debt
News Source | Photo Credit: EDITORIAL, nature

 

 

 

Global manifesto on forgotten foods
30 November 2021

Global manifesto on forgotten foods
News Source | Photo Credit: CGIAR

 

 

 

Waive CRISPR patents to meet food needs in low-income countries
26 November 2021

Waiver of CRISPR patents coupled with enabling policies gene editing can be proven as game changer for contributing significantly towards food security in developing countries and LDCs.
News Source | Photo Credit: John van der Oost & Louise O. Fresco | nature

 

 

 

New rules will make UK gene-edited crop research easier
23 November 2021

“Good news – United Kingdom plans to ease requirements for field research on gene-edited crops. EU policies on gene editing needs to be reviewed urgently to reduce the unfounded fear on account of biosafety among public.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Heidi Ledford | Fred Scheiber/AFP/Getty

 

 

 

How scientists beat back anti-biotechnology activists’ ‘insidious campaign’ to block Nigeria’s approval of pest-resistant GMO cowpea
19 November 2021

“In Nigeria, GM cowpea was helped by enabling policies and also grass-roots science movement led by the @OFABnigeria, a team of scientists and regulators met the anti-GM campaigners with a robust counter-offensive to succeed.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Elizabeth Finkel | Gary Kazanjian/AP

 

 

 

UN Food Systems Summit: Biotechnology key to meeting zero hunger goals
16 November 2021

UN Food Systems Summit: Biotechnology key to meeting zero hunger goals
News Source | Photo Credit: Joseph Opoku Gakpo | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

The effect of persuasive/possessing information regarding GMOs on consumer attitudes
12 November 2021

The effect of persuasive/possessing information regarding GMOs on consumer attitudes
News Source | Photo Credit: John Stanton, Golnaz Rezai, Stephen Baglione

 

 

 

Why Are Diets and Biodiversity Linked?
09 November 2021

Why Are Diets and Biodiversity Linked?
News Source | Photo Credit: foodtank

 

 

 

Kenya opens the door to GMO cultivation
05 November 2021

“African countries are embracing all innovations and technologies to make the continent food-secure. It is not understandable why Asian countries are shying away to adopt these technologies when food insecurity issue is almost similar!”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Steven Cerier | ICRISAT

 

 

 

Efficient Targeted Mutagenesis in Apple and First Time Edition of Pear Using the CRISPR-Cas9 System
02 November 2021

Efficient Targeted Mutagenesis in Apple and First Time Edition of Pear Using the CRISPR-Cas9 System
News Source | Photo Credit: Aurélie Charrier, Emilie Vergne, Nicolas Dousset, Andréa Richer, Aurélien Petiteau and Elisabeth Chevreau

 

 

 

Seed biodiversity: The life insurance of our food production
25 October 2021

Seed biodiversity: The life insurance of our food production
News Source | Photo Credit: FAO

 

 

 

From Tree to Fork – Adansonia digitata L. Baobab fruit
21 October 2021

From Tree to Fork – Adansonia digitata L. Baobab fruit
News Source | Photo Credit: CIFOR, CGIAR

 

 

 

New study: GMO crops reduce pesticide use, greenhouse gas emissions
19 October 2021

New study: GMO crops reduce pesticide use, greenhouse gas emissions
News Source | Photo Credit: Joan Conrow | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

Millet consumption survey provides largest baseline for India
15 October 2021

Millet consumption survey provides largest baseline for India
News Source | Photo Credit: GLDC, CGIAR

 

 

 

Top 5 GMO crops grown around the world
13 October 2021

Top 5 GMO crops grown around the world
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

State of knowledge of soil biodiversity – Status, challenges and potentialities ­– Report 2020
08 October 2021

State of knowledge of soil biodiversity – Status, challenges and potentialities ­– Report 2020
News Source | Photo Credit: FAO

 

 

 

 

 

Our World in Data Says Only ~10% of Global Food Crops Depend on Pollinators
01 October 2021

Our World in Data Says Only ~10% of Global Food Crops Depend on Pollinators
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Genome editing poised to secure global food supply, study finds
29 September 2021

Genome editing poised to secure global food supply, study finds
News Source | Photo Credit: Joan Conrow | Cornell Alliance for Science | 123rf

 

 

 

First global index of pollinator population changes: Habitat loss and land management are primary drivers, with pesticides last
24 September 2021

First global index of pollinator population changes: Habitat loss and land management are primary drivers, with pesticides last
News Source | Photo Credit: Fred Lewsey | University of Cambridge | National Park Service

 

 

 

NTUsg scientists invent ‘greener’ way to make fertiliser compound
21 September 2021

NTUsg scientists invent ‘greener’ way to make fertiliser compound
News Source | Photo Credit: NTU Singapore

 

 

 

What can food companies learn about sustainability from Indigenous Peoples’ food systems?
16 September 2021

What can food companies learn about sustainability from Indigenous Peoples’ food systems?
News Source | Photo Credit: Oliver Morrison | Getty/RyersonClarke

 

 

 

What to call seafood made from fish cells?
14 September 2021

What to call seafood made from fish cells?
News Source | Photo Credit: Rutgers University

 

 

 

Online Workshop on Artemia Aquaculture
09 September 2021

FAO; ARC, University of Ghent; NACA; AAC, China will convene an online Workshop on Artemia Aquaculture, which will be held on 22 September via Zoom (13:00 UTC). For details and registration: https://aquaculture2020.org/artemia/
News Source | Photo Credit: FAO

 

 

 

Climate beneficial food’: Here’s the skinny on the emerging movement to better align agriculture with sustainable production
07 September 2021

Climate beneficial food’: Here’s the skinny on the emerging movement to better align agriculture with sustainable production
News Source | Photo Credit: Chiara Cecchini/World Economic Forum | Irena Macri

 

 

 

Millet consumption survey provides largest baseline for India
02 September 2021

“An indication of how social media influences our dietary choices: A 7-city survey on millet consumption in India shows that >50% respondents listed #socialmedia as the source of awareness for consuming millets.”, ICRISAT
News Source | Photo Credit: ICRISAT

 

 

 

UK Report Compares EU Approaches on Food Safety Regulation of Novel Foods and GMOs with Other Countries
31 August 2021

UK Report Compares EU Approaches on Food Safety Regulation of Novel Foods and GMOs with Other Countries
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Government relaxes the rules for import of crushed and de-oiled GM soya cake (Non-living organism only), benefiting farmers, poultry farmers and fishermen
26 August 2021

“Government of India has relaxed the rules for import of crushed and de-oiled GM soya cake (Non-living organism only). This is going to benefit the farmers, poultry farmers and fishermen in a big way.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

 

 

 

Time to Act: Natural Disasters Underscore Climate Emergency
24 August 2021

Against the crises of #climatechange and #biodiversity loss, much more needs to be done to safeguard plant diversity. Our future #FoodSecurity depends on commitments we make today, writes our Executive Director.”, The Crop Trust
News Source | Photo Credit: The Crop Trust

 

 

 

ICRISAT’s Medium-Term Plan 2021-23 all set to operationalize the Strategic Plan
19 August 2021

“We continue to strive harder than before in our effort to empower our most important stakeholders: the #smallholder farmers of the #drylands. Our Medium Term Plan (2021-23) outlines the steps of this journey forward.”, ICRISAT
News Source | Photo Credit: ICRISAT

 

 

 

Farmers’ Rights and Digital Sequence Information: Crisis or Opportunity to Reclaim Stewardship Over Agrobiodiversity?
17 August 2021

POLICY AND PRACTICE REVIEWS article
News Source | Photo Credit: Rachel Wynberg, Regine Andersen, Sarah Laird, Kudzai Kusena, Christian Prip and Ola Tveitereid Westengen

 

 

 

“Genebanks contain not only lots of different #quinoa and #kale samples but the next quinoas and kales.”, The Crop Trust
13 August 2021

“Genebanks contain not only lots of different #quinoa and #kale samples but the next quinoas and kales—the ones that will help diversify our food portfolio, the crops that thrive when others fail. It means we all depend on genebanks, whether we realize it or not.”, The Crop Trust
News Source | Photo Credit: The Crop Trust

 

 

 

Drought tolerant, disease resistant GMO corn that produces 3 times the yield of conventional or organic? It’s a reality in a Nigerian trial
09 August 2021

Drought tolerant, disease resistant GMO corn that produces 3 times the yield of conventional or organic? It’s a reality in a Nigerian trial
News Source | Photo Credit: African Agricultural Technology Foundation | FarmGate Africa

 

 

 

Clashing visions of Mexico’s GMO corn ban cloud impact
06 August 2021

Mexican government is confused whether to permit or prohibit the GM maize
News Source | Photo Credit: David Alire Garcia | REUTERS

 

 

 

How (GM) technology can support regenerative agriculture?
04 August 2021

How (GM) technology can support regenerative agriculture?
News Source | Photo Credit: RealAgriculture

 

 

 

When a Crop Goes Back to the Wild: Feralization
02 August 2021

When a Crop Goes Back to the Wild: Feralization
News Source | Photo Credit: Federico Scossa and Alisdair R. Fernie

 

 

 

“Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops:2019”, ISAAA
26 July 2021

“Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops:2019”, ISAAA
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

 

The “slow magic” of agricultural research must accelerate
21 July 2021

The “slow magic” of agricultural research must accelerate
News Source | Photo Credit: Dr RS Paroda; Rita Sharma | Photo courtesy of Dr Paroda report

 

 

 

Latest publication (#CryoLetters) on use of cryopreserved pollen of CWR of okra (Abelmoschus moscatus) for hybridization with cultivated okra
23 July 2021

“Use of #CWR in crop improvement is imperative to develop climate resilient and stress resistant varieties. About 60% genes of plants (sporophyte) are expressed in pollen (gametophyte), therefore, availability of adequately viable pollen for pre-breeding is imperative.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Cryoletters

 

 

 

The “slow magic” of agricultural research must accelerate
21 July 2021

The “slow magic” of agricultural research must accelerate
News Source | Photo Credit: Dr RS Paroda; Rita Sharma | Photo courtesy of Dr Paroda report

 

 

 

Viewpoint: ‘Killer petunias’? The shameful story of the USDA’s ‘unscientific, innovation-stifling’ process for regulating genetically-engineered flowers
19 July 2021

“Over-regulation due to unnecessary bureaucracy or self-interest or just scientific ignorance, researchers are demotivated to apply innovations to develop new varieties, here is the case of Petunia.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Henry Miller | Society of American Florists

 

 

 

Bt Cotton adoption in Punjab has resulted in net economic, environmental benefits: Study
16 July 2021

Bt Cotton adoption in Punjab has resulted in net economic, environmental benefits: Study
News Source | Photo Credit: Vikas Vasudeva | Reuters

 

 

 

Research Article: Engineering broad-spectrum disease-resistant rice by editing multiple susceptibility genes
14 July 2021

Research Article: Engineering broad-spectrum disease-resistant rice by editing multiple susceptibility genes
News Source | Photo Credit: Hui Tao, Xuetao Shi, Feng He, Dan Wang, Ning Xiao, Hong Fang, Ruyi Wang, Fan Zhang, Min Wang, Aihong Li, Xionglun Liu, Guo-Liang Wang, Yuese Ning

 

 

 

Viewpoint: Genome editing helps African researchers develop disease-resistant banana varieties
12 July 2021

“Roots, tubers and #bananas, enhance food system resilience, are strategic crops to support rural livelihoods in challenging climate and environmental conditions. #GenomeEditing helps to develop #disease-resistant banana varieties.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Verenardo Meemem, Cornell Alliance for Science | Mike Kuhn/Queensland University of Technology

 

 

 

Genome editing for resistance against plant pests and pathogens
09 July 2021

Genome editing for resistance against plant pests and pathogens
News Source | Photo Credit: Cláudia Rato, Miguel F. Carvalho, Cristina Azevedo, Paula Rodrigues Oblessuc

 

 

 

Dole China and Syngenta to Release 2 Disney-Branded Tomato Varieties
07 July 2021

Dole China and Syngenta to Release 2 Disney-Branded Tomato Varieties
News Source | Photo Credit: PRODUCE REPORT | Dole China

 

 

 

Study Finds Gene Editing in Cattle Produces No Off-Target Mutagenesis
05 July 2021

Study Finds Gene Editing in Cattle Produces No Off-Target Mutagenesis
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

PACTs Fellowships for Least Developed Countries – Call open
02 July 2021

PACTs Fellowships for Least Developed Countries – Call open.
News Source | Photo Credit: ICGEB Official

 

 

 

Global Commitments to Conserving and Monitoring Genetic Diversity Are Now Necessary and Feasible
01 July 2021

Research Article: Global Commitments to Conserving and Monitoring Genetic Diversity Are Now Necessary and Feasible.
News Source | Photo Credit: Sean Hoban et al.

 

 

 

Global Commitments to Conserving and Monitoring Genetic Diversity Are Now Necessary and Feasible
01 July 2021

Research Article: Global Commitments to Conserving and Monitoring Genetic Diversity Are Now Necessary and Feasible.
News Source | Photo Credit: Sean Hoban et al.

 

 

 

Viewpoint: They offer a magical vision of a better future but not in this world’: In Foreign Policy, social scientists opposed to conventional agriculture spark fierce organic vs intensive farming debate
29 June 2021

Viewpoint: They offer a magical vision of a better future but not in this world’: In Foreign Policy, social scientists opposed to conventional agriculture spark fierce organic vs intensive farming debate
News Source | Photo Credit: Dan Blaustein-Rejto, Matthew Sanderson, Stan Cox, Ted Nordhaus | Foreign Policy

 

 

 

Practical consequences of digital sequence information (DSI) definitions and access and benefit-sharing scenarios from a plant genebank’s perspective
25 June 2021

Practical consequences of digital sequence information (DSI) definitions and access and benefit-sharing scenarios from a plant genebank’s perspective
News Source | Photo Credit: Martin Brink, Theo van Hintum

 

 

 

The international political process around Digital Sequence Information under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the 2018–2020 intersessional period
23 June 2021

The international political process around Digital Sequence Information under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the 2018–2020 intersessional period
News Source | Photo Credit: Fabian Rohden, Amber Hartman Scholz

 

 

 

Viewpoint: GM fish food deal brings sustainable salmon a step closer to commercialization
21 June 2021

Viewpoint: GM fish food deal brings sustainable salmon a step closer to commercialization
News Source | Photo Credit: Mark Lynas, Cornell Alliance for Science | Camelina. Credit: Scott Chalmers, WADO)

 

 

 

Health and Biodiversity
18 June 2021

“Biodiversity is essentially interwoven with many of the factors that affect human health, including: Nutrition, Mental health, Climate change, Disease spread, Ecosystem health and many more!”, UN Biodiversity
News Source | Photo Credit: UN Biodiversity

 

 

 

Systems biology for crop improvement
14 June 2021

“Our latest paper together w/ partners proposes a strategic #SystemsBiology approach & integration of #multiomics #data for a holistic & better understanding of the dynamic biological system, towards accelerated crop improvement.”, Center of Excellence in Genomics & Systems Biology, ICRISAT
News Source | Photo Credit: Lekha T. Pazhamala, Himabindu Kudapa, Wolfram Weckwerth, A. Harvey Millar, Rajeev K. Varshney

 

 

 

Global status of commercialized biotech/GM Crops: 2019
16 June 2021

“Did you know that 72 countries (on every continent except Antarctica) have adopted biotech crops since 1996, the first year of commercial planting? And biotech crops help food security, sustainability, and climate change mitigation? Learn more below @isaaa_org @ISAAASciSpeaks.”, CropLife International
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Systems biology for crop improvement
14 June 2021

“Our latest paper together w/ partners proposes a strategic #SystemsBiology approach & integration of #multiomics #data for a holistic & better understanding of the dynamic biological system, towards accelerated crop improvement.”, Center of Excellence in Genomics & Systems Biology, ICRISAT
News Source | Photo Credit: Lekha T. Pazhamala, Himabindu Kudapa, Wolfram Weckwerth, A. Harvey Millar, Rajeev K. Varshney

 

 

 

Europe is reviewing its stance on CRISPR crops
11 June 2021

Europe is reviewing its stance on CRISPR crops
News Source | Photo Credit: Joan Conrow | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

How to breed a climate resilient sunflower?
09 June 2021

Look to its ancient cousins
News Source | Photo Credit: Sarah Gibbens | Sunflowers bloom in July 2020 on a field in Germany. In September and October, the sunflowers are harvested and oil is pressed from the seeds. Photograph by Jens Büttner picture alliance/Getty Images

 

 

 

Designing Future Crops: Genomics-Assisted Breeding Comes of Age
07 June 2021

Want to know about GAB2.0? here it is. We published about #Genomics_Assisted_Breeding (GAB) 15 years back in 10th Anniversary Issue, and now we document success stories of GAB and way forward for GAB as GAB2.0 in 25th Anniversary Issue of @TrendsPlantSci.”, Rajeev Varshney, Research Program Director of ICRISAT
News Source | Photo Credit: Rajeev K.Varshney, Abhishek Bohra, Jianming Yu, Andreas Graner, Qifa Zhang, Mark E. Sorrells

 

 

 

A Wild Way to Boost Wheat Yields
04 June 2021

“In the face of climate change, improving wheat varieties is essential to maintaining yields.”, CGIAR Nutrition
News Source | Photo Credit: CGIAR Genebank Platform

 

 

 

Conducive regulations can boost gene edited products
03 June 2021

Conducive regulations can boost gene edited products
News Source | Photo Credit: Y V Phani Raj | Telangana Today

 

 

 

The handbook published by @FAOAsiaPacific: Ecosystem approach to aquaculture management
31 May 2021

The handbook published by @FAOAsiaPacific: Ecosystem approach to aquaculture management.
News Source | Photo Credit: FAO Asia Pacific

 

 

 

Frequently asked questions – Genetically Engineered Plants and Biosafety
27 May 2021

What you want to know all about genetically engineered plants and biosafety related questions- read here
News Source | Photo Credit: South Asia Biosafety Program

 

 

 

 

Multiple Statistical Analyses Show Compositional Equivalence of Bt and non-Bt Rice Varieties
26 May 2021

Multiple Statistical Analyses Show Compositional Equivalence of Bt and non-Bt Rice Varieties
News Source | Photo Credit: Seon-Woo Oh, Eun-Ha Kim, So-Young Lee, Da-Young Baek, Sang-Gu Lee, Hyeon-Jung Kang, Young-Soo Chung, Soon-Ki Park & Tae-Hun Ryu

 

 

 

Gene discovery may help peaches tolerate climate stress
25 May 2021

Gene discovery may help peaches tolerate climate stress
News Source | Photo Credit: Michael J. Haas | A behmi tree (Prunus mira), which is a wild relative of the domesticated peach, grows in its native habitat next to a glacier on the Tibetan Plateau. Image credit: Yong Li, Zhengzhou Fruit Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

 

 

 

CGIAR Germplasm Health Units in the Prevention of Transboundary Pests
21 May 2021

Click the link for more information: https://youtu.be/eahlLa1dyTk
News Source | Photo Credit: International Potato Center (CIP)

 

 

 

Urban poor community turns demolished homes into food security gardens
19 May 2021

Urban poor community turns demolished homes into food security gardens
News Source | Photo Credit: Geela Garcia (Philstar.com)

 

 

 

Revamp of UK CRISPR regulation will require public trust
17 May 2021

Revamp of UK CRISPR regulation will require public trust
News Source | Photo Credit: EDITORIAL of nature

 

 

 

New book covers fragile status of the genetic diversity of our food
14 May 2021

https://bit.ly/392a7ik via @EurekAlert #BiodiversityForFood
News Source | Photo Credit: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

 

 

 

 

Unlocking the inherent potential of plant genetic resources: food security and climate adaptation strategy in Fiji and the Pacific
12 May 2021

“Pacific Islands Countries have enormous potential to address food security problems as these are home of many root and tuber crops, those contribute in food system as important crops. @B4FNTeam @BiovIntCIAT_eng @UNBiodiversity @planttreaty”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Hemalatha Palanivel and Shipra Shah

 

 

 

Sanatech Seed launches world’s first GE tomato
10 May 2021

“(Japanese) Sanatech Seed launches world’s first tomato developed using gene editing – a new plant breeding technique.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: fruitnet.com

 

 

 

Global Institute for Food Security researchers at USask help map broad genetic diversity of canola crop
07 May 2021

The International Canola Pan-genome Consortium, an international group of leading academic and commercial companies from the USA, Canada, Europe, and Israel has announced the successful completion of the canola/rapeseed pan-genome
News Source | Photo Credit: University of Saskatchewan| Canola plant. (Photo: Shea Long, Coastal Lifestyles Photography)

 

 

 

What are TALENs and How are TALENs different from CRISPRs?
05 May 2021

“New ISAAA infographic illustrates #TALENs, how they are different from #CRISPR, how they help improve crops, and how to gain access to the technology. Download here: http://bit.ly/TALENsInfog”, ISAAA
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

New Book Explores Global Attitudes to GM Crops and Unravels Reasons Behind Negative Sentiments
03 May 2021

New Book Explores Global Attitudes to GM Crops and Unravels Reasons Behind Negative Sentiments
News Source | Photo Credit: Clement Dionglay | ISAAA

 

 

 

Advanced domestication: harnessing the precision of gene editing in crop breeding
30 April 2021

Advanced domestication: harnessing the precision of gene editing in crop breeding
News Source | Photo Credit: Wendy J. Lyzenga, Curtis J. Pozniak and Sateesh Kagale

 

 

 

Turkey Approves Five Biotech Traits
29 April 2021

Turkey Approves Five Biotech Traits
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Rescue plan for nature: How to fix the biodiversity crisis
27 April 2021

“Every dollar spent on ecosystem restoration accrues between $3 and $75 in return” @UNBiodiversity @FAOSDGs
News Source | Photo Credit: Graham Lawton | Jack Dykinga/naturepl.com

 

 

 

The role of scientists in policy making for more sustainable agriculture
23 April 2021

The role of scientists in policy making for more sustainable agriculture
News Source | Photo Credit: OanaDima and DirkInzé

 

 

 

Indonesian Scientists Identify Novel Gene To Develop Aluminum-Tolerant Rice
21 April 2021

Indonesian Scientists Identify Novel Gene To Develop Aluminum-Tolerant Rice. Check the paper here.
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Foods made from gene-edited wheat may contain lower levels of potentially carcinogenic chemical acrylamide
19 April 2021

Foods made from gene-edited wheat may contain lower levels of potentially carcinogenic chemical acrylamide
News Source | Photo Credit: Robert Arnason | Western Producer | 123rf

 

 

 

Global Regulation of Genetically Modified Crops Amid the Gene Edited Crop Boom – A Review
16 April 2021

“Regulations on GM crops are highly varied across the globe. Strict legislation with rigorous scientific assessments is more in keeping with societal values, but too onerous approaches negate the development of scientific expertise & knowledge sharing.”, Channa Prakash, AgBioWorld
News Source | Photo Credit: Crystal Turnbull, Morten Lillemo and Trine A. K. Hvoslef-Eide*

 

 

 

How Queensland scientists are saving banana crops from wipe out
14 April 2021

How scientists are working to save banana from Panama disease. Science provides solution.

News Source | Photo Credit: 7NEWS Australia

 

 

 

Viewpoint: Gene-edited crops may be coming to Europe—if scientists can avoid the PR mistakes of the GMO debate
12 April 2021

Viewpoint: Gene-edited crops may be coming to Europe—if scientists can avoid the PR mistakes of the GMO debate

News Source | Photo Credit: Jonathan Menary, Sebastian Fuller

 

 

 

The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review
09 April 2021

“How to transform our food systems, so that we are all better fed while conserving biodiversity for future generations. Read Review: https://bit.ly/2OdMk7F.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI

News Source | Photo Credit: Dasgupta, P. (2021), The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review. (London: HM Treasury) | ©Will Jenkins

 

 

 

 

Developing Countries Outperform Industrial Countries in GM Crop Adoption
07 April 2021

“Brazil, India, and Argentina led developing countries in planting #biotechcrops in 2019. Read details in #CropBiotechUpdate: https://bit.ly/3cYHlld”, ISAAA

News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Will Ethiopia be a springboard or a stonewall for GM crops in Africa?
05 April 2021

“Ethiopia Is key player for GM crops in Africa, enabling policies play key role in adoption of technology.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI  @aatfafrica @agbiotech @Agbio_GE @ICGEB @GMOinfoEU @GMOAnswers

News Source | Photo Credit: Tesfaye (Shiferaw) Sida (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Sustainable Intensification Program (SIP), CIMMYT-Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

 

 

 

More Transparency Recommended for Gene-Edited Crops
02 April 2021

More Transparency Recommended for Gene-Edited Crops

News Source | Photo Credit: The Global Plant Council (GPC)

 

 

 

The 2020 edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) has a particular focus on sustainability
31 March 2021

“Fish is one of the most internationally traded foods, with a total export value of $165 billion in 2018, up from $36 billion in 1990. Read the latest The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2020 Interactive story here: https://bit.ly/3cyUS2W.”, FAO Asia Pacific

News Source | Photo Credit: FAO Asia Pacific

 

 

 

Salt Tolerant Red Gum Tree Does Not Harm Biodiversity
29 March 2021

University of Tsukuba study reports that salt tolerant red gum tree does not harm #biodiversity. Read details in #CropBiotechUpdate: https://bit.ly/3j8PcOc

News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Viewpoint: CRISPR crops offer many benefits. Governments should teach the public about them
26 March 2021

Viewpoint: CRISPR crops offer many benefits. Governments should teach the public about them.
News Source | Photo Source: Yomiuri Shimbun and Ratuken Infoseek

 

 

 

Regulatory Harmonization
24 March 2021

“Regulatory harmonization for GM crops is a win-win situation for regulators, Developers, Farmers and consumers.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Source: CropLife International

 

 

 

ISAAA Brief 55, the full report on global adoption of biotech/GM crops in 2019 is now available!
22 March 2021

Get an e-copy for US$50 at http://bit.ly/BuyISAAAB55
News Source | Photo Source: ISAAA

 

 

 

Biofortified Staple Crops: Empowering Smallholder Farmers to be Food System Change Agents
17 March 2021

Biofortified Staple Crops: Empowering Smallholder Farmers to be Food System Change Agents
News Source | Photo Source: FARMING FIRST | HarvestPlus (Biofortified crops are ready for rapid scale-up writes the author – here we see a farm of biofortified beans.)

 

 

 

3 pioneering African nations embrace gene editing to boost food security, farmer incomes
15 March 2021

3 pioneering African nations embrace gene editing to boost food security, farmer incomes
News Source | Photo Source: Verenardo Meeme | Cornell Alliance for Science | Nkechi Isaac (Cowpeas for sale in a Nigerian market.)

 

 

 

Here’s everything you need to know about USDA’s National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard
12 March 2021

Here’s everything you need to know about USDA’s National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard
News Source | Photo Source: GMO Anwsers

 

 

 

ICAR receives King Bhumibol #WorldSoilDay2020 Award of @FAO for its contribution in “Soil Health Awareness” on theme “Stop Soil erosion, save our future” during last year
10 March 2021

“ICAR receives King Bhumibol #WorldSoilDay2020 Award of @FAO for its contribution in “Soil Health Awareness” on theme “Stop Soil erosion, save our future” during last year. Ms. Suchitra Durai, Ambassador of India to Kingdom of Thailand received the award on behalf of the Council.”, ICAR

News Source | Photo Credit: ICAR

 

 

 

USDA APHIS Deregulates Genetically Engineered Orange Petunias
09 March 2021

USDA APHIS Deregulates Genetically Engineered Orange Petunias
News Source | Photo Source: ISAAA | USDA APHIS

 

 

 

European Commission Authorizes Eight GM Crops for Food and Feed
05 March 2021

“European Commission authorized to import #GM soybean & maize for food & feed, unfortunately, does not authorize cultivation! – injustice to EU farmers & consumers for not harvesting the benefits of #technology.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News source and Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Genetically engineered, blight-resistant potato could help East Africa beat hunger and move towards food self-sufficiency
26 February 2021

“Genetically engineered, blight-resistant potato could help East Africa beat hunger and move towards food self-sufficiency.”, Tadessa Daba
News source and Credit: Tadessa Daba

 

 

 

USDA APHIS Deregulates GE Insect Resistant Cotton
24 February 2021

USDA APHIS Deregulates GE Insect Resistant Cotton

News source and Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Biotech crops provide a better environment
19 February 2021

#Biotechcrops provide a better environment. Crop Biotechnology helped decrease the use of crop protection products by 776 million kgs, a global reduction of 8.6% in 1996-2018. Visit ISAAA Brief 55 page for more details: https://bit.ly/ISAAABrief55.”, ISAAA

News source and Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

CRISPR gene editing could boost protein in plants and help produce more vegetable oil
12 February 2021

CRISPR gene editing could boost protein in plants and help produce more vegetable oil

News source and Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

France backs non-GMO regulation for crop gene-editing in EU
09 February 2021

“Positive development in Europe… UK, Norway and now France may allow scientifically proven safe products of NBTs. Since GMOs are also products of a method of plant breeding – EU needs to review it’s regulation policies.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI

Credit: REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

 

 

 

Stop Arguing over GMO Crops
04 February 2021

The vast majority of the scientific community agrees on both their safety and their potential to help feed the world sustainably

Genetically modified rice. Credit: Getty Images

 

 

 

GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase
03 February 2021

GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase

 

 

 

Golden Rice could fight deadly vitamin A deficiency now. Why do farmers have to wait another 3 years to grow it?
02 February 2021

Golden Rice could fight deadly vitamin A deficiency now. Why do farmers have to wait another 3 years to grow it?

 

 

 

Europe’s blanket opposition to gene editing, pesticides means higher food prices for world’s poorest people
22 January 2021

Europe’s blanket opposition to gene editing, pesticides means higher food prices for world’s poorest people

 

 

 

Where are GMO crops and animals approved and banned?
15 January 2021

Where are GMO crops and animals approved and banned?

 

 

 

Singapore’s approval for lab-grown chicken is a watershed moment for the future of meat
08 January 2021

Singapore’s approval for lab-grown chicken is a watershed moment for the future of meat

 

 

 

GM banana could help Uganda’s farmers battle bacterial wilt, but the country needs a biosafety law first
29 December 2020

GM banana could help Uganda’s farmers battle bacterial wilt, but the country needs a biosafety law first.
Photo Credit: Clare Thatcher

 

 

 

NBMA Validates National Biosafety Guidelines on Gene Editing in Nigeria
28 December 2020

NBMA Validates National Biosafety Guidelines on Gene Editing in Nigeria.

 

 

 

US FDA Has Approved First GM Pig for People with Red Meat Allergies
22 December 2020

US FDA Has Approved First GM Pig for People with Red Meat Allergies.

 

 

 

Golden Rice gets safety approval in Philippines
18 December 2020

Golden Rice gets safety approval in Philippines.
Photo Credit: IRRI

 

 

 

As the CRISPR revolution advances, here’s how gene editing will actually help farmers and consumers
18 December 2020

As the CRISPR revolution advances, here’s how gene editing will actually help farmers and consumers.
Photo Credit: Michael Gottschalk/Photothek/Getty Images

 

 

 

Thailand advances legislation to repeal GM crop cultivation ban for second time in 5 years
08 December 2020

Thailand advances legislation to repeal GM crop cultivation ban for second time in 5 years.
Image credit: Siebe Baarda

 

 

 

South Australia Rejects 11 Proposals to Ban GM Crops, Says GM Moratorium’s Price Premiums Only a Myth
04 December 2020

South Australia Rejects 11 Proposals to Ban GM Crops, Says GM Moratorium’s Price Premiums Only a Myth.

 

 

 

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.

Synthetic Genes Found to Modify Root Structures and Increase Plant Resiliency
16 September 2022

Using synthetic genes, researchers at Stanford University have been able to modify the root structures of plants which could make crops more efficient at gathering nutrients and water, and more resilient to increasing pressures from climate change.
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Gene-edited rice can naturally fix nitrogen in the soil, vastly reducing the need for chemical fertilizers
13 September 2022

With new genetically modified grain crops, a sustainable alternative can be created by adopting a new way of producing grain, without the large amounts of fertilizer that are normally involved in cultivation.
News Source | Photo Credit: Jeanette Kras | Scientias | Open University via Britannica

 

 

 

Novel Protein Vpb4Da2 Against Western Corn Rootworm Passes Food and Feed Safety Assessment
06 September 2022

The development of genetically modified (GM) crops expressing one or more proteins that confer tolerance to Western Corn Rootworm, was a historic breakthrough in agricultural biotechnology and continues to serve as an invaluable tool in pest management.
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA | PLOS ONE

 

 

 

Researchers Improve Pre-harvest Sprouting Resistance in Rice Using CRISPR-Cas9
01 September 2022

Pre-harvest sprouting can be checked by strengthening seed dormancy using gene editing technology.
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA | Research Square

 

 

 

Better seeds and biotechnology can boost Africa’s crop productivity
30 August 2022

Modern biotechnology offers a great potential to enhance agricultural productivity, food security and nutritional security and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Africa.
News Source | Photo Credit: JOSEPH MAINA | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

An increasing number of countries regulate genome editing in crops
25 August 2022

It is an encouraging situation that over the past 2 years, many more countries have introduced guidelines that enable use of such edited lines in agriculture in a similar way as conventionally bred lines, provided they do not contain a transgene.
News Source | Photo Credit: Marcel Buchholzer, Wolf B. Frommer | John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

 

 

 

Catalyzing Commercialization: Gene Editing Promises New Disease-Resistant Citrus Trees
11 August 2022

Genome editing to create new disease resistance citrus varieties, requiring low pesticides
News Source | Photo Credit: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

 

 

 

Do only private companies conduct research on GMOs?
09 August 2022

Public institutions are also developing groundbreaking biotech innovations to mitigate food security and climate change.
News Source | Photo Credit: CropLife International

 

 

 

FAO Council endorses new 10-year strategies on Climate Change and on Science and Innovation
04 August 2022

“Adoption of biotechnology with enabling policies included in 10-year strategies of FAO Council to mitigate climate challenges.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: FAO

 

 

 

Opportunities for Orphan Crops: Expected Economic Benefits From Biotechnology
02 August 2022

Conducive enabling environment and increased support for adoption of biotechnology
News Source | Photo Credit: Patricia Zambrano, Ulrike Wood-Sichra, Remidius D. Ruhinduka, Dayo Phillip, Alejandro Nin Pratt, John Komen, Enoch Mutebi Kikulwe, José Falck Zepeda, Fred M. Dzanku and Judith A. Chambers

 

 

 

This CRISPR pioneer wants to capture more carbon with crops
28 July 2022

New research at Jennifer Doudna’s institute aims to create faster-growing, carbon-hungry plants using the gene-editing tool.
News Source | Photo Credit: Casey Crownhart | Innovative Genomics Institute 

 

 

 

How genetic engineering is creating more nutritious, healthier food and protecting crops from ravaging diseases
21 July 2022

How genetic engineering is creating more nutritious, healthier food and protecting crops from ravaging diseases
News Source | Photo Credit: Steven Cerier | GENETIC LITERACY PROJECT

 

 

 

A hybrid inorganic–biological artificial photosynthesis system for energy-efficient food production
19 July 2022

Research Article: A hybrid inorganic–biological artificial photosynthesis system for energy-efficient food production
News Source | Photo Credit: Elizabeth C. Hann, Sean Overa, Marcus Harland-Dunaway, Andrés F. Narvaez, Dang N. Le, Martha L. Orozco-Cárdenas, Feng Jiao & Robert E. Jinkerson

 

 

 

US intelligence report predicts greater global role for biotechnology
12 July 2022

US intelligence report predicts greater global role for biotechnology
News Source | Photo Credit: Joseph Opoku Gakpo | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

Kenyan Gov’t Gives Nod to Use of Bt Cottonseed Cake for Animal Feeds
07 July 2022

Kenyan Gov’t Gives Nod to Use of Bt Cottonseed Cake for Animal Feeds
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Ease regulatory burden to support ‘new revolution’ in crop breeding, researchers urge
30 June 2022

Ease regulatory burden to support ‘new revolution’ in crop breeding, researchers urge
News Source | Photo Credit: Joan Conrow | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

Genetic Variation and Unintended Risk in the Context of Old and New Breeding Techniques
28 June 2022

Genetic Variation and Unintended Risk in the Context of Old and New Breeding Techniques
News Source | Photo Credit: Stacy D. Singer, John D. Laurie, Andriy Bilichak, Santosh Kumar & Jaswinder Singh

 

 

 

Britain is paving the way for gene-edited food – will the public stomach it?
23 June 2022

Britain is paving the way for gene-edited food – will the public stomach it?
News Source | Photo Credit: CGIAR

 

 

 

Where GMO crops are grown around the world?
16 June 2022

See an infographic from ISAAA provides some top highlights. (2019)
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Our seeds could start the next Green Revolution
14 June 2022

Our seeds could start the next Green Revolution
News Source | Photo Credit: JOHN AGABA | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

New Zealand Farmer on the GMO Moratorium’s Impact on Sustainable Food and Agriculture, and Hopes CRISPR Crops Won’t Face the Same Fate
02 June 2022

New Zealand Farmer on the GMO Moratorium’s Impact on Sustainable Food and Agriculture, and Hopes CRISPR Crops Won’t Face the Same Fate.
News Source | Photo Credit: GLP | Global Farmer Network

 

 

 

Golden Rice rolling out in 7 provinces
31 May 2022

Golden Rice rolling out in 7 provinces
News Source | Photo Credit: Jordeene B. Lagare on Philippine Daily Inquirer | IRRI

 

 

 

DAWN OF A NEW ERA
26 May 2022

“With new regulations governing genome edited field trials in England coming into effect – mean that genome edited field trials will now no longer have to be run under GM regulations.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Rothamsted Research

 

 

 

Egypt considers planting genetically-modified seeds due to high prices of grain: Lawmaker
24 May 2022

Egypt considers planting genetically-modified seeds due to high prices of grain: Lawmaker
News Source | Photo Credit: Samar Samir | peakpx

 

 

 

Gene-edited cows just secured record-fast FDA approval – here’s why
19 May 2022

Gene-edited cows just secured record-fast FDA approval – here’s why
News Source | Photo Credit: JENNA GALLEGOS | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

Latest Developments in Genome Editing Regulation
17 May 2022

Latest Developments in Genome Editing Regulation
News Source | Photo Credit: Kristine Grace N. Tome | ISAAA

 

 

 

Enlisting wild grass genes to combat nitrification in wheat farming: A nature-based solution
10 May 2022

Research article: Enlisting wild grass genes to combat nitrification in wheat farming: A nature-based solution
News Source | Photo Credit: Guntur V. Subbarao et al. (2021)

 

 

 

The World’s First Genetically Engineered Wheat Is Here
03 May 2022

Argentina approved the world’s first genetically engineered wheat for cultivation and consumption. Production expanded dramatically in 2021.
News Source | Photo Credit: The Breakthrough Institute

 

 

 

Exemption of the genome edited plants falling under categories of SDN1 and SDN2 from the provisions the Rules, 1989
26 April 2022

“Government of India issued an Office Memorandum for ‘Exemption of the genome edited plants falling under categories of SDN1 and SDN2 from the provisions the Rules, 1989’ i.e., not to be considered as GM plants. Good news not only for India but for whole Asia Pacific.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Department of Biotechnology India

 

 

 

Infographic – Gene editing FAQ
19 April 2022

Infographic – Gene editing FAQ
News Source | Photo Credit: Cornell Alliance for Science | Columbia

 

 

 

Philippine Government Updates Biotech Regulations to Speed Up Approvals
14 April 2022

Philippine Government Updates Biotech Regulations to Speed Up Approvals
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

New Zealand scientist challenges ‘scaremongering’ about herbicide glyphosate
05 April 2022

New Zealand scientist challenges ‘scaremongering’ about herbicide glyphosate
News Source | Photo Credit: Jacqueline Rowarth | New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science | Global Justice Now

 

 

 

Gene-edited wheat resists dreaded fungus without pesticides
31 March 2022

”New strain survives powdery mildew, a costly disease, without side effects.”, ERIK STOKSTAD
News Source | Photo Credit: ERIK STOKSTAD | AAAS

 

 

 

South Africa should rethink regulations on genetically modified plants
29 March 2022

South Africa should rethink regulations on genetically modified plants
News Source | Photo Credit: The Conversation | Shutterstock

 

 

 

Linseed oil has extraordinary health benefits and well-established industrial uses
22 March 2022

“How do we identify the best line for a specific purpose? ICAR-NBPGR researchers characterize the entire #genebank collection in one go!”, ICAR-NBPGR
News Source | Photo Credit: ICAR-NBPGR

 

 

 

Massive production of ‘Golden Rice’ seeds to start this year
21 March 2022

To utilize & promote biotechnology in the country, the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday said this year marks the start of massive production of Golden Rice seeds, particularly in the vitamin A-deficient provinces – DA Secretary, The Philippines
News Source | Photo Credit: Christine Cudis | IRRI

 

 

 

What does GMO mean?
15 March 2022

“As the term “bioengineered” becomes more common in the #UnitedStates thanks to the labeling law, let’s talk about some of the terms used for genetically modified organisms.”, GMOAnswers
News Source | Photo Credit: GMOAnswers

 

 

 

A CRISPR way for accelerating improvement of food crops
10 March 2022

“CRISPR technology will accelerate the breeding of food crops beyond what was imaginable before its development. Excellent review on CRISPR technology.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Yi Zhang, Mathias Pribil, Michael Palmgren & Caixia Gao | nature

 

 

 

China to allow gene-edited crops in push for food security
08 March 2022

“Great development to embrace modern plant breeding techniques.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Dominique Patton | A farmer plants seeds in a corn field at a farm in Gaocheng, Hebei province, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

 

 

 

World’s first CRISPR-edited sugarcane developed in Brazil
03 March 2022

World’s first CRISPR-edited sugarcane developed in Brazil
News Source | Photo Credit: Daniel Azevedo| Embrapa

 

 

 

Myths and misleading claims about fertilizers and pesticides lead to GMO fear mongering
01 March 2022

Myths and misleading claims about fertilizers and pesticides lead to GMO fear mongering
News Source | Photo Credit: VICTOR M. SHORROCKS | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

Genetic editing in livestock faces strong headwinds
15 February 2022

“Regulations on gene editing of animals are contributing to negative public perceptions of the technology and stifling innovation in the livestock sector”, according to Alison Van Eenennaam
News Source | Photo Credit: Matt McIntosh’s article on Farmtario | Alison Van Eenennaam

 

 

 

Should genetically modified organisms be part of our conservation efforts?
10 February 2022

Should genetically modified organisms be part of our conservation efforts?
News Source | Photo Credit: FERN WICKSON | Alliance For Science

 

 

 

Egyptian Scientists Develop Drought-Tolerant Tomatoes
08 February 2022

Egyptian Scientists Develop Drought-Tolerant Tomatoes
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Gene editing legislation to focus on crops – UK minister
03 February 2022

Gene editing legislation to focus on crops – UK minister
News Source | Photo Credit: Nigel Hunt | REUTERS

 

 

 

Nutritionally charged lettuce developed with CRISPR/Cas gene editing tech
01 February 2022

“A scientist in Israel is ‘tricking’ lettuce into producing nutrients in higher quantities thanks to gene editing technology CRISPR/Cas.”, FoodNavigator hears how.
News Source | Photo Credit: Flora Southey | Getty

 

 

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH article: De novo Whole-Genome Assembly of Moringa oleifera Helps Identify Genes Regulating Drought Stress Tolerance
25 January 2022

De novo Whole-Genome Assembly of Moringa oleifera Helps Identify Genes Regulating Drought Stress Tolerance
News Source | Photo Credit: P Sushree Shyamli, Seema Pradhan, Mitrabinda Panda and Ajay Parida

 

 

 

Foods made from gene-edited wheat may contain lower levels of potentially carcinogenic chemical acrylamide
20 January 2022

Foods made from gene-edited wheat may contain lower levels of potentially carcinogenic chemical acrylamide
News Source | Photo Credit: Robert Arnason | Western Producer | 123rf

 

 

 

Ghana resumes approval process for insect-resistant cowpea, its first GMO crop
13 January 2022

Ghana resumes approval process for insect-resistant cowpea, its first GMO crop
News Source | Photo Credit: JOSEPH OPOKU GAKPO | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

A COVID vaccine grown in plants measures up
11 January 2022

A COVID vaccine grown in plants measures up
News Source | Photo Credit: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

 

 

 

Black rice cultivation brings hope to Assam’s tribal farmers
06 January 2022

Black rice cultivation brings hope to Assam’s tribal farmers
News Source | Photo Credit: Kangkan Kalita | The Times of India

 

 

 

Crop Wild Relatives: Pre-breeding
04 January 2022

“What does #prebreeding mean? It’s a bridge between #genebanks and breeders. The best traits of different crop varieties are combined and introduced back into our cultivated crops.”, The Crop Trust
News Source | Photo Credit: The Crop Trust

 

 

 

A Meta-Analysis of the Impacts of Genetically Modified Crops
30 December 2021

A Meta-Analysis of the Impacts of Genetically Modified Crops
News Source | Photo Credit: Wilhelm Klümper and Matin Qaim

 

 

 

Viewpoint: Will China Make Its Peace With GMOs?
28 December 2021

Viewpoint: Will China Make Its Peace With GMOs?
News Source | Photo Credit: Adam Minter | Brent Stirton/Getty

 

 

 

Removing the major allergen Bra j I from brown mustard (Brassica juncea) by CRISPR/Cas9
24 December 2021

“CRISPER/Cas9 can help to make food still safer than its natural form by removing allergenic determinants, e. g. allergen-free Bra j I from brown mustard (Brassica juncea)”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Juvenal Assou, Dingbo Zhang, Kristian D. R. Roth, Stephan Steinke, Michael Hust, Thomas Reinard, Traud Winkelmann, Jens Boch

 

 

 

Harnessing Crop Wild Diversity for Climate Change Adaptation
21 December 2021

“Genomic prediction, machine learning, and multi-trait gene editing, all offer innovative alternatives to speed up more accurate pre- and breeding efforts toward the increase in crop adaptability and yield.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Andrés J. Cortés and Felipe López-Hernández

 

 

 

GMO bean benefits Brazil’s consumers and smallholder farmers
16 December 2021

GMO bean benefits Brazil’s consumers and smallholder farmers
News Source | Photo Credit: Luis Ventura, Cornell Alliance for Science | Cultivatr

 

 

 

Do you know where GMO crops are grown?
14 December 2021

Do you know where GMO crops are grown?
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Viewpoint – Animal genetic selection will likely be embraced by public – but gene editing could face resistance from activist GMO opponents
09 December 2021

Viewpoint – Animal genetic selection will likely be embraced by public – but gene editing could face resistance from activist GMO opponents
News Source | Photo Credit: Alison Van Eenennaam | Pew Research and GloFish

 

 

 

Waive CRISPR patents to meet food needs in low-income countries
26 November 2021

Waiver of CRISPR patents coupled with enabling policies gene editing can be proven as game changer for contributing significantly towards food security in developing countries and LDCs.
News Source | Photo Credit: John van der Oost & Louise O. Fresco | nature

 

 

 

New rules will make UK gene-edited crop research easier
23 November 2021

“Good news – United Kingdom plans to ease requirements for field research on gene-edited crops. EU policies on gene editing needs to be reviewed urgently to reduce the unfounded fear on account of biosafety among public.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Heidi Ledford | Fred Scheiber/AFP/Getty

 

 

 

How scientists beat back anti-biotechnology activists’ ‘insidious campaign’ to block Nigeria’s approval of pest-resistant GMO cowpea
19 November 2021

“In Nigeria, GM cowpea was helped by enabling policies and also grass-roots science movement led by the @OFABnigeria, a team of scientists and regulators met the anti-GM campaigners with a robust counter-offensive to succeed.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Elizabeth Finkel | Gary Kazanjian/AP

 

 

 

UN Food Systems Summit: Biotechnology key to meeting zero hunger goals
16 November 2021

UN Food Systems Summit: Biotechnology key to meeting zero hunger goals
News Source | Photo Credit: Joseph Opoku Gakpo | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

The effect of persuasive/possessing information regarding GMOs on consumer attitudes
12 November 2021

The effect of persuasive/possessing information regarding GMOs on consumer attitudes
News Source | Photo Credit: John Stanton, Golnaz Rezai, Stephen Baglione

 

 

 

Kenya opens the door to GMO cultivation
05 November 2021

“African countries are embracing all innovations and technologies to make the continent food-secure. It is not understandable why Asian countries are shying away to adopt these technologies when food insecurity issue is almost similar!”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Steven Cerier | ICRISAT

 

 

 

Efficient Targeted Mutagenesis in Apple and First Time Edition of Pear Using the CRISPR-Cas9 System
02 November 2021

Efficient Targeted Mutagenesis in Apple and First Time Edition of Pear Using the CRISPR-Cas9 System
News Source | Photo Credit: Aurélie Charrier, Emilie Vergne, Nicolas Dousset, Andréa Richer, Aurélien Petiteau and Elisabeth Chevreau

 

 

 

New study: GMO crops reduce pesticide use, greenhouse gas emissions
19 October 2021

New study: GMO crops reduce pesticide use, greenhouse gas emissions
News Source | Photo Credit: Joan Conrow | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

Top 5 GMO crops grown around the world
13 October 2021

Top 5 GMO crops grown around the world
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

GLP Podcast: ‘Big Fears, Little Risks’ — Documentary featuring GLP experts tackles GMO, vaccine skepticism
06 October 2021

GLP Podcast: ‘Big Fears, Little Risks’ — Documentary featuring GLP experts tackles GMO, vaccine skepticism
News Source | Photo Credit: Azel James, Cameron English, Matty Cardarople | GLP

 

 

 

Genome editing poised to secure global food supply, study finds
29 September 2021

Genome editing poised to secure global food supply, study finds
News Source | Photo Credit: Joan Conrow | Cornell Alliance for Science | 123rf

 

 

 

NTUsg scientists invent ‘greener’ way to make fertiliser compound
21 September 2021

NTUsg scientists invent ‘greener’ way to make fertiliser compound
News Source | Photo Credit: NTU Singapore

 

 

 

What to call seafood made from fish cells?
14 September 2021

What to call seafood made from fish cells?
News Source | Photo Credit: Rutgers University

 

 

 

Millet consumption survey provides largest baseline for India
02 September 2021

“An indication of how social media influences our dietary choices: A 7-city survey on millet consumption in India shows that >50% respondents listed #socialmedia as the source of awareness for consuming millets.”, ICRISAT
News Source | Photo Credit: ICRISAT

 

 

 

UK Report Compares EU Approaches on Food Safety Regulation of Novel Foods and GMOs with Other Countries
31 August 2021

UK Report Compares EU Approaches on Food Safety Regulation of Novel Foods and GMOs with Other Countries
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Government relaxes the rules for import of crushed and de-oiled GM soya cake (Non-living organism only), benefiting farmers, poultry farmers and fishermen
26 August 2021

“Government of India has relaxed the rules for import of crushed and de-oiled GM soya cake (Non-living organism only). This is going to benefit the farmers, poultry farmers and fishermen in a big way.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

 

 

 

ICRISAT’s Medium-Term Plan 2021-23 all set to operationalize the Strategic Plan
19 August 2021

“We continue to strive harder than before in our effort to empower our most important stakeholders: the #smallholder farmers of the #drylands. Our Medium Term Plan (2021-23) outlines the steps of this journey forward.”, ICRISAT
News Source | Photo Credit: ICRISAT

 

 

 

Farmers’ Rights and Digital Sequence Information: Crisis or Opportunity to Reclaim Stewardship Over Agrobiodiversity?
17 August 2021

POLICY AND PRACTICE REVIEWS article
News Source | Photo Credit: Rachel Wynberg, Regine Andersen, Sarah Laird, Kudzai Kusena, Christian Prip and Ola Tveitereid Westengen

 

 

 

Drought tolerant, disease resistant GMO corn that produces 3 times the yield of conventional or organic? It’s a reality in a Nigerian trial
09 August 2021

Drought tolerant, disease resistant GMO corn that produces 3 times the yield of conventional or organic? It’s a reality in a Nigerian trial
News Source | Photo Credit: African Agricultural Technology Foundation | FarmGate Africa

 

 

 

Clashing visions of Mexico’s GMO corn ban cloud impact
06 August 2021

Mexican government is confused whether to permit or prohibit the GM maize
News Source | Photo Credit: David Alire Garcia | REUTERS

 

 

 

How (GM) technology can support regenerative agriculture?
04 August 2021

How (GM) technology can support regenerative agriculture?
News Source | Photo Credit: RealAgriculture

 

 

 

When a Crop Goes Back to the Wild: Feralization
02 August 2021

When a Crop Goes Back to the Wild: Feralization
News Source | Photo Credit: Federico Scossa and Alisdair R. Fernie

 

 

 

“Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops:2019”, ISAAA
26 July 2021

“Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops:2019”, ISAAA
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

 

Latest publication (#CryoLetters) on use of cryopreserved pollen of CWR of okra (Abelmoschus moscatus) for hybridization with cultivated okra
23 July 2021

“Use of #CWR in crop improvement is imperative to develop climate resilient and stress resistant varieties. About 60% genes of plants (sporophyte) are expressed in pollen (gametophyte), therefore, availability of adequately viable pollen for pre-breeding is imperative.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Cryoletters

 

 

 

The “slow magic” of agricultural research must accelerate
21 July 2021

The “slow magic” of agricultural research must accelerate
News Source | Photo Credit: Dr RS Paroda; Rita Sharma | Photo courtesy of Dr Paroda report

 

 

 

Viewpoint: ‘Killer petunias’? The shameful story of the USDA’s ‘unscientific, innovation-stifling’ process for regulating genetically-engineered flowers
19 July 2021

“Over-regulation due to unnecessary bureaucracy or self-interest or just scientific ignorance, researchers are demotivated to apply innovations to develop new varieties, here is the case of Petunia.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Henry Miller | Society of American Florists

 

 

 

Bt Cotton adoption in Punjab has resulted in net economic, environmental benefits: Study
16 July 2021

Bt Cotton adoption in Punjab has resulted in net economic, environmental benefits: Study
News Source | Photo Credit: Vikas Vasudeva | Reuters

 

 

 

Research Article: Engineering broad-spectrum disease-resistant rice by editing multiple susceptibility genes
14 July 2021

Research Article: Engineering broad-spectrum disease-resistant rice by editing multiple susceptibility genes
News Source | Photo Credit: Hui Tao, Xuetao Shi, Feng He, Dan Wang, Ning Xiao, Hong Fang, Ruyi Wang, Fan Zhang, Min Wang, Aihong Li, Xionglun Liu, Guo-Liang Wang, Yuese Ning

 

 

 

Viewpoint: Genome editing helps African researchers develop disease-resistant banana varieties
12 July 2021

“Roots, tubers and #bananas, enhance food system resilience, are strategic crops to support rural livelihoods in challenging climate and environmental conditions. #GenomeEditing helps to develop #disease-resistant banana varieties.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Verenardo Meemem, Cornell Alliance for Science | Mike Kuhn/Queensland University of Technology

 

 

 

Genome editing for resistance against plant pests and pathogens
09 July 2021

Genome editing for resistance against plant pests and pathogens
News Source | Photo Credit: Cláudia Rato, Miguel F. Carvalho, Cristina Azevedo, Paula Rodrigues Oblessuc

 

 

 

Dole China and Syngenta to Release 2 Disney-Branded Tomato Varieties
07 July 2021

Dole China and Syngenta to Release 2 Disney-Branded Tomato Varieties
News Source | Photo Credit: PRODUCE REPORT | Dole China

 

 

 

Study Finds Gene Editing in Cattle Produces No Off-Target Mutagenesis
05 July 2021

Study Finds Gene Editing in Cattle Produces No Off-Target Mutagenesis
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

PACTs Fellowships for Least Developed Countries – Call open
02 July 2021

PACTs Fellowships for Least Developed Countries – Call open.
News Source | Photo Credit: ICGEB Official

 

 

 

Viewpoint: They offer a magical vision of a better future but not in this world’: In Foreign Policy, social scientists opposed to conventional agriculture spark fierce organic vs intensive farming debate
29 June 2021

Viewpoint: They offer a magical vision of a better future but not in this world’: In Foreign Policy, social scientists opposed to conventional agriculture spark fierce organic vs intensive farming debate
News Source | Photo Credit: Dan Blaustein-Rejto, Matthew Sanderson, Stan Cox, Ted Nordhaus | Foreign Policy

 

 

 

Practical consequences of digital sequence information (DSI) definitions and access and benefit-sharing scenarios from a plant genebank’s perspective
25 June 2021

Practical consequences of digital sequence information (DSI) definitions and access and benefit-sharing scenarios from a plant genebank’s perspective
News Source | Photo Credit: Martin Brink, Theo van Hintum

 

 

 

The international political process around Digital Sequence Information under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the 2018–2020 intersessional period
23 June 2021

The international political process around Digital Sequence Information under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the 2018–2020 intersessional period
News Source | Photo Credit: Fabian Rohden, Amber Hartman Scholz

 

 

 

Viewpoint: GM fish food deal brings sustainable salmon a step closer to commercialization
21 June 2021

Viewpoint: GM fish food deal brings sustainable salmon a step closer to commercialization
News Source | Photo Credit: Mark Lynas, Cornell Alliance for Science | Camelina. Credit: Scott Chalmers, WADO)

 

 

 

Global status of commercialized biotech/GM Crops: 2019
16 June 2021

“Did you know that 72 countries (on every continent except Antarctica) have adopted biotech crops since 1996, the first year of commercial planting? And biotech crops help food security, sustainability, and climate change mitigation? Learn more below @isaaa_org @ISAAASciSpeaks.”, CropLife International
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Systems biology for crop improvement
14 June 2021

“Our latest paper together w/ partners proposes a strategic #SystemsBiology approach & integration of #multiomics #data for a holistic & better understanding of the dynamic biological system, towards accelerated crop improvement.”, Center of Excellence in Genomics & Systems Biology, ICRISAT
News Source | Photo Credit: Lekha T. Pazhamala, Himabindu Kudapa, Wolfram Weckwerth, A. Harvey Millar, Rajeev K. Varshney

 

 

 

Europe is reviewing its stance on CRISPR crops
11 June 2021

Europe is reviewing its stance on CRISPR crops
News Source | Photo Credit: Joan Conrow | Alliance for Science

 

 

 

How to breed a climate resilient sunflower?
09 June 2021

Look to its ancient cousins
News Source | Photo Credit: Sarah Gibbens | Sunflowers bloom in July 2020 on a field in Germany. In September and October, the sunflowers are harvested and oil is pressed from the seeds. Photograph by Jens Büttner picture alliance/Getty Images

 

 

 

Designing Future Crops: Genomics-Assisted Breeding Comes of Age
07 June 2021

Want to know about GAB2.0? here it is. We published about #Genomics_Assisted_Breeding (GAB) 15 years back in 10th Anniversary Issue, and now we document success stories of GAB and way forward for GAB as GAB2.0 in 25th Anniversary Issue of @TrendsPlantSci.”, Rajeev Varshney, Research Program Director of ICRISAT
News Source | Photo Credit: Rajeev K.Varshney, Abhishek Bohra, Jianming Yu, Andreas Graner, Qifa Zhang, Mark E. Sorrells

 

 

 

Conducive regulations can boost gene edited products
03 June 2021

Conducive regulations can boost gene edited products
News Source | Photo Credit: Y V Phani Raj | Telangana Today

 

 

 

Frequently asked questions – Genetically Engineered Plants and Biosafety
27 May 2021

What you want to know all about genetically engineered plants and biosafety related questions- read here
News Source | Photo Credit: South Asia Biosafety Program

 

 

 

 

Multiple Statistical Analyses Show Compositional Equivalence of Bt and non-Bt Rice Varieties
26 May 2021

Multiple Statistical Analyses Show Compositional Equivalence of Bt and non-Bt Rice Varieties
News Source | Photo Credit: Seon-Woo Oh, Eun-Ha Kim, So-Young Lee, Da-Young Baek, Sang-Gu Lee, Hyeon-Jung Kang, Young-Soo Chung, Soon-Ki Park & Tae-Hun Ryu

 

 

 

Gene discovery may help peaches tolerate climate stress
25 May 2021

Gene discovery may help peaches tolerate climate stress
News Source | Photo Credit: Michael J. Haas | A behmi tree (Prunus mira), which is a wild relative of the domesticated peach, grows in its native habitat next to a glacier on the Tibetan Plateau. Image credit: Yong Li, Zhengzhou Fruit Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

 

 

 

CGIAR Germplasm Health Units in the Prevention of Transboundary Pests
21 May 2021

Click the link for more information: https://youtu.be/eahlLa1dyTk
News Source | Photo Credit: International Potato Center (CIP)

 

 

 

Revamp of UK CRISPR regulation will require public trust
17 May 2021

Revamp of UK CRISPR regulation will require public trust
News Source | Photo Credit: EDITORIAL of nature

 

 

 

Sanatech Seed launches world’s first GE tomato
10 May 2021

“(Japanese) Sanatech Seed launches world’s first tomato developed using gene editing – a new plant breeding technique.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: fruitnet.com

 

 

 

Global Institute for Food Security researchers at USask help map broad genetic diversity of canola crop
07 May 2021

The International Canola Pan-genome Consortium, an international group of leading academic and commercial companies from the USA, Canada, Europe, and Israel has announced the successful completion of the canola/rapeseed pan-genome
News Source | Photo Credit: University of Saskatchewan| Canola plant. (Photo: Shea Long, Coastal Lifestyles Photography)

 

 

 

What are TALENs and How are TALENs different from CRISPRs?
05 May 2021

“New ISAAA infographic illustrates #TALENs, how they are different from #CRISPR, how they help improve crops, and how to gain access to the technology. Download here: http://bit.ly/TALENsInfog”, ISAAA
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

New Book Explores Global Attitudes to GM Crops and Unravels Reasons Behind Negative Sentiments
03 May 2021

New Book Explores Global Attitudes to GM Crops and Unravels Reasons Behind Negative Sentiments
News Source | Photo Credit: Clement Dionglay | ISAAA

 

 

 

Advanced domestication: harnessing the precision of gene editing in crop breeding
30 April 2021

Advanced domestication: harnessing the precision of gene editing in crop breeding
News Source | Photo Credit: Wendy J. Lyzenga, Curtis J. Pozniak and Sateesh Kagale

 

 

 

Turkey Approves Five Biotech Traits
29 April 2021

Turkey Approves Five Biotech Traits
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

The role of scientists in policy making for more sustainable agriculture
23 April 2021

The role of scientists in policy making for more sustainable agriculture
News Source | Photo Credit: OanaDima and DirkInzé

 

 

 

Indonesian Scientists Identify Novel Gene To Develop Aluminum-Tolerant Rice
21 April 2021

Indonesian Scientists Identify Novel Gene To Develop Aluminum-Tolerant Rice. Check the paper here.
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Foods made from gene-edited wheat may contain lower levels of potentially carcinogenic chemical acrylamide
19 April 2021

Foods made from gene-edited wheat may contain lower levels of potentially carcinogenic chemical acrylamide
News Source | Photo Credit: Robert Arnason | Western Producer | 123rf

 

 

 

Global Regulation of Genetically Modified Crops Amid the Gene Edited Crop Boom – A Review
16 April 2021

“Regulations on GM crops are highly varied across the globe. Strict legislation with rigorous scientific assessments is more in keeping with societal values, but too onerous approaches negate the development of scientific expertise & knowledge sharing.”, Channa Prakash, AgBioWorld
News Source | Photo Credit: Crystal Turnbull, Morten Lillemo and Trine A. K. Hvoslef-Eide*

 

 

 

How Queensland scientists are saving banana crops from wipe out
14 April 2021

How scientists are working to save banana from Panama disease. Science provides solution.

News Source | Photo Credit: 7NEWS Australia

 

 

 

Viewpoint: Gene-edited crops may be coming to Europe—if scientists can avoid the PR mistakes of the GMO debate
12 April 2021

Viewpoint: Gene-edited crops may be coming to Europe—if scientists can avoid the PR mistakes of the GMO debate

News Source | Photo Credit: Jonathan Menary, Sebastian Fuller

 

 

 

Developing Countries Outperform Industrial Countries in GM Crop Adoption
07 April 2021

“Brazil, India, and Argentina led developing countries in planting #biotechcrops in 2019. Read details in #CropBiotechUpdate: https://bit.ly/3cYHlld”, ISAAA

News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Will Ethiopia be a springboard or a stonewall for GM crops in Africa?
05 April 2021

“Ethiopia Is key player for GM crops in Africa, enabling policies play key role in adoption of technology.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI @aatfafrica @agbiotech @Agbio_GE @ICGEB @GMOinfoEU @GMOAnswers

News Source | Photo Credit: Tesfaye (Shiferaw) Sida (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Sustainable Intensification Program (SIP), CIMMYT-Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

 

 

 

More Transparency Recommended for Gene-Edited Crops
02 April 2021

More Transparency Recommended for Gene-Edited Crops

News Source | Photo Credit: The Global Plant Council (GPC)

 

 

 

Viewpoint: CRISPR crops offer many benefits. Governments should teach the public about them
26 March 2021

Viewpoint: CRISPR crops offer many benefits. Governments should teach the public about them.
News Source | Photo Source: Yomiuri Shimbun and Ratuken Infoseek

 

 

 

Regulatory Harmonization
24 March 2021

“Regulatory harmonization for GM crops is a win-win situation for regulators, Developers, Farmers and consumers.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Source: CropLife International

 

 

 

ISAAA Brief 55, the full report on global adoption of biotech/GM crops in 2019 is now available!
22 March 2021

Get an e-copy for US$50 at http://bit.ly/BuyISAAAB55
News Source | Photo Source: ISAAA

 

 

 

Biofortified Staple Crops: Empowering Smallholder Farmers to be Food System Change Agents
17 March 2021

Biofortified Staple Crops: Empowering Smallholder Farmers to be Food System Change Agents
News Source | Photo Source: FARMING FIRST | HarvestPlus (Biofortified crops are ready for rapid scale-up writes the author – here we see a farm of biofortified beans.)

 

 

 

3 pioneering African nations embrace gene editing to boost food security, farmer incomes
15 March 2021

3 pioneering African nations embrace gene editing to boost food security, farmer incomes
News Source | Photo Source: Verenardo Meeme | Cornell Alliance for Science | Nkechi Isaac (Cowpeas for sale in a Nigerian market.)

 

 

 

Here’s everything you need to know about USDA’s National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard
12 March 2021

Here’s everything you need to know about USDA’s National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard
News Source | Photo Source: GMO Anwsers

 

 

 

USDA APHIS Deregulates Genetically Engineered Orange Petunias
09 March 2021

USDA APHIS Deregulates Genetically Engineered Orange Petunias
News Source | Photo Source: ISAAA | USDA APHIS

 

 

 

European Commission Authorizes Eight GM Crops for Food and Feed
05 March 2021

“European Commission authorized to import #GM soybean & maize for food & feed, unfortunately, does not authorize cultivation! – injustice to EU farmers & consumers for not harvesting the benefits of #technology.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News source and Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Genetically engineered, blight-resistant potato could help East Africa beat hunger and move towards food self-sufficiency
26 February 2021

“Genetically engineered, blight-resistant potato could help East Africa beat hunger and move towards food self-sufficiency.”, Tadessa Daba
News source and Credit: Tadessa Daba

 

 

 

USDA APHIS Deregulates GE Insect Resistant Cotton
24 February 2021

USDA APHIS Deregulates GE Insect Resistant Cotton

News source and Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Biotech crops provide a better environment
19 February 2021

#Biotechcrops provide a better environment. Crop Biotechnology helped decrease the use of crop protection products by 776 million kgs, a global reduction of 8.6% in 1996-2018. Visit ISAAA Brief 55 page for more details: https://bit.ly/ISAAABrief55.”, ISAAA

News source and Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

CRISPR gene editing could boost protein in plants and help produce more vegetable oil
12 February 2021

CRISPR gene editing could boost protein in plants and help produce more vegetable oil

News source and Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

France backs non-GMO regulation for crop gene-editing in EU
09 February 2021

“Positive development in Europe… UK, Norway and now France may allow scientifically proven safe products of NBTs. Since GMOs are also products of a method of plant breeding – EU needs to review it’s regulation policies.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI

Credit: REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

 

 

 

Stop Arguing over GMO Crops
04 February 2021

The vast majority of the scientific community agrees on both their safety and their potential to help feed the world sustainably

Genetically modified rice. Credit: Getty Images

 

 

 

GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase
03 February 2021

GE animals: While the federal government delays approvals, antibiotic use, animal suffering and food prices increase

 

 

 

Golden Rice could fight deadly vitamin A deficiency now. Why do farmers have to wait another 3 years to grow it?
02 February 2021

Golden Rice could fight deadly vitamin A deficiency now. Why do farmers have to wait another 3 years to grow it?

 

 

 

Europe’s blanket opposition to gene editing, pesticides means higher food prices for world’s poorest people
22 January 2021

Europe’s blanket opposition to gene editing, pesticides means higher food prices for world’s poorest people

 

 

 

Where are GMO crops and animals approved and banned?
15 January 2021

Where are GMO crops and animals approved and banned?

 

 

 

Singapore’s approval for lab-grown chicken is a watershed moment for the future of meat
08 January 2021

Singapore’s approval for lab-grown chicken is a watershed moment for the future of meat

 

 

 

GM banana could help Uganda’s farmers battle bacterial wilt, but the country needs a biosafety law first
29 December 2020

GM banana could help Uganda’s farmers battle bacterial wilt, but the country needs a biosafety law first.
Photo Credit: Clare Thatcher

 

 

 

NBMA Validates National Biosafety Guidelines on Gene Editing in Nigeria
28 December 2020

NBMA Validates National Biosafety Guidelines on Gene Editing in Nigeria.

 

 

 

US FDA Has Approved First GM Pig for People with Red Meat Allergies
22 December 2020

US FDA Has Approved First GM Pig for People with Red Meat Allergies.

 

 

 

Golden Rice gets safety approval in Philippines
18 December 2020

Golden Rice gets safety approval in Philippines.
Photo Credit: IRRI

 

 

 

As the CRISPR revolution advances, here’s how gene editing will actually help farmers and consumers
18 December 2020

As the CRISPR revolution advances, here’s how gene editing will actually help farmers and consumers.
Photo Credit: Michael Gottschalk/Photothek/Getty Images

 

 

 

Thailand advances legislation to repeal GM crop cultivation ban for second time in 5 years
08 December 2020

Thailand advances legislation to repeal GM crop cultivation ban for second time in 5 years.
Image credit: Siebe Baarda

 

 

 

South Australia Rejects 11 Proposals to Ban GM Crops, Says GM Moratorium’s Price Premiums Only a Myth
04 December 2020

South Australia Rejects 11 Proposals to Ban GM Crops, Says GM Moratorium’s Price Premiums Only a Myth.

 

 

 

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.

Global Strategy for the Conservation and Use of Eggplants
08 September 2022

The Crop Trust initiated the development of a global conservation strategy for eggplants to overview the current status and identify issues of concern.
News Source | Photo Credit: THE CROP TRUST

 

 

 

Functional diversity of farmland bees across rural–urban landscapes in a tropical megacity
23 August 2022

Urban agriculture can maintain functionally diverse bee communities and, if managed in a sustainable manner, be used to develop win–win solutions for biodiversity conservation of pollinators and food security in and around cities.
News Source | Photo Credit: Gabriel Marcacci, Ingo Grass, Vikas S. Rao, Shabarish Kumar S, K. B. Tharini, Vasuki V. Belavadi, Nils Nölke, Teja Tscharntke, Catrin Westphal

 

 

 

Genetic Resources are a Key to Our Future
19 August 2022

Genetic resources serve as the starting point for developing improved varieties through conventional and modern plant breeding techniques.
News Source | Photo Credit: International Seed Federation

 

 

 

Cryopreservation and the Future of Plant Conservation
17 August 2022

Cryopreservation for long-term conservation of vegetatively propagated and recalcitrant seed species is best alternate method.
News Source | Photo Credit: Crop Trust

 

 

 

Global biodiversity deal to halt nature loss stalls in Nairobi
26 July 2022

Global biodiversity deal to halt nature loss stalls in Nairobi
News Source | Photo Credit: Duncan Miriri and Gloria Dickie | Thomson Reuters Products

 

 

 

Support for National Genebanks Underway
14 July 2022

News: Support for National Genebanks Underway
News Source | Photo Credit: Crop Trust | Nelissa Jamora

 

 

 

CBD Technical Series No. 100 SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
05 July 2022

Publication: CBD Technical Series No. 100 SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
News Source | Photo Credit: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, UN Biodiversity

 

 

 

Improving fruit and vegetable consumption will require a holistic approach
21 June 2022

Improving fruit and vegetable consumption will require a holistic approach
News Source | Photo Credit: CGIAR

 

 

 

Food security: Why is biodiversity important?
09 June 2022

Food security: Why is biodiversity important?
News Source | Photo Credit: Sunderland, T.C.H.

 

 

 

Our seeds could start the next Green Revolution
07 June 2022

Our seeds could start the next Green Revolution
News Source | Photo Credit: ICARDA Communication Team

 

 

 

The BOLD Project
12 May 2022

Biodiversity for Opportunities, Livelihoods and Development is a groundbreaking 10-year project to combat climate change.
News Source | Photo Credit: The Crop Trust

 

 

 

Tropical forests have big climate benefits beyond carbon storage
05 May 2022

“World’s tropical forests collectively cool the surface of the planet by around 1 °C. 2/3 their cooling power comes from their ability to suck in CO2 and store it; 1/3 comes by their ability to create clouds, humidify the air and release cooling chemicals.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI.
News Source | Photo Credit: Freda Kreier | Thomas Marent/Minden Pictures

 

 

 

‘Biodiversity goals impossible without indigenous peoples’
28 April 2022

‘Biodiversity goals impossible without indigenous peoples’
News Source | Photo Credit: Michelle Langrand

 

 

 

Future Seeds: A Ground-Breaking Genebank to Help Climate-Proof Food Systems
21 April 2022

Future Seeds: A Ground-Breaking Genebank to Help Climate-Proof Food Systems
News Source | Photo Credit: CGIAR

 

 

 

The diversity of tropical tubers
12 April 2022

“Have a look at the diversity of tropical tubers conserved by Mr Regi Joseph, a Kerala farmer conservator and 2020 plant genome savior awardee. He is providing 150 accessions of tuberous crops to the in vitro genebank of @INbpgr”, ICAR-NBPGR
News Source | Photo Credit: ICAR-NBPGR

 

 

Best Practices in Gender and biodiversity
07 April 2022

Pathways for Multiple Benefits
News Source | Photo Credit: UN

 

 

@GlobalSeedVault places new seeds into the Vault today
23 March 2022

“Within the @GlobalSeedVault lies the work and passion of farmers worldwide who have protected their seeds for many years and decades and are now safeguarding them here to ensure #foodsecurity for future generations. It was an honor to place new seeds into the Vault today.”, The Crop Trust
News Source | Photo Credit: The Crop Trust

 

 

 

On agrobiodiversity, the Andes can teach the world much about crop conservation
25 February 2022

On agrobiodiversity, the Andes can teach the world much about crop conservation (commentary)
News Source | Photo Credit: Barbara Wells | Mongabay

 

 

 

2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress
24 February 2022

2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress – details
News Source | Photo Credit: GRSV Consulting Services

 

 

 

Smarter Farm Subsidies Can Drive Ecosystem Restoration
17 February 2022

“Supporting low-carbon versions of farming can provide sustainable returns for decades. Find out how shifting farm subsidies can drive land restoration in a report: https://www.wri.org/insights/how-farm-subsidies-combat-land-degradation.”, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
News Source | Photo Credit: Helen Ding, Will Anderson and René Zamora-Cristales | Peter Irungu/WRI

 

 

 

Opinion: Greener and more sustainable food systems should be at the centre of climate action
27 January 2022

Opinion: Greener and more sustainable food systems should be at the centre of climate action
News Source | Photo Credit: Ban Ki-moon | ‘If we really want to tackle the climate crisis, we must consider whole food systems’ (AFP/Getty)

 

 

 

The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture
18 January 2022

The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture
News Source | Photo Credit: FAO

 

 

 

The answer to the biodiversity crisis is not more debt
07 December 2021

The answer to the biodiversity crisis is not more debt
News Source | Photo Credit: EDITORIAL, nature

 

 

 

Global manifesto on forgotten foods
30 November 2021

Global manifesto on forgotten foods
News Source | Photo Credit: CGIAR

 

 

 

Why Are Diets and Biodiversity Linked?
09 November 2021

Why Are Diets and Biodiversity Linked?
News Source | Photo Credit: foodtank

 

 

 

Seed biodiversity: The life insurance of our food production
25 October 2021

Seed biodiversity: The life insurance of our food production
News Source | Photo Credit: FAO

 

 

 

From Tree to Fork – Adansonia digitata L. Baobab fruit
21 October 2021

From Tree to Fork – Adansonia digitata L. Baobab fruit
News Source | Photo Credit: CIFOR, CGIAR

 

 

 

Millet consumption survey provides largest baseline for India
15 October 2021

Millet consumption survey provides largest baseline for India
News Source | Photo Credit: GLDC, CGIAR

 

 

 

State of knowledge of soil biodiversity – Status, challenges and potentialities ­– Report 2020
08 October 2021

State of knowledge of soil biodiversity – Status, challenges and potentialities ­– Report 2020
News Source | Photo Credit: FAO

 

 

 

 

 

Our World in Data Says Only ~10% of Global Food Crops Depend on Pollinators
01 October 2021

Our World in Data Says Only ~10% of Global Food Crops Depend on Pollinators
News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

First global index of pollinator population changes: Habitat loss and land management are primary drivers, with pesticides last
24 September 2021

First global index of pollinator population changes: Habitat loss and land management are primary drivers, with pesticides last
News Source | Photo Credit: Fred Lewsey | University of Cambridge | National Park Service

 

 

 

What can food companies learn about sustainability from Indigenous Peoples’ food systems?
16 September 2021

What can food companies learn about sustainability from Indigenous Peoples’ food systems?
News Source | Photo Credit: Oliver Morrison | Getty/RyersonClarke

 

 

 

Online Workshop on Artemia Aquaculture
09 September 2021

FAO; ARC, University of Ghent; NACA; AAC, China will convene an online Workshop on Artemia Aquaculture, which will be held on 22 September via Zoom (13:00 UTC). For details and registration: https://aquaculture2020.org/artemia/
News Source | Photo Credit: FAO

 

 

 

Climate beneficial food’: Here’s the skinny on the emerging movement to better align agriculture with sustainable production
07 September 2021

Climate beneficial food’: Here’s the skinny on the emerging movement to better align agriculture with sustainable production
News Source | Photo Credit: Chiara Cecchini/World Economic Forum | Irena Macri

 

 

 

Time to Act: Natural Disasters Underscore Climate Emergency
24 August 2021

Against the crises of #climatechange and #biodiversity loss, much more needs to be done to safeguard plant diversity. Our future #FoodSecurity depends on commitments we make today, writes our Executive Director.”, The Crop Trust
News Source | Photo Credit: The Crop Trust

 

 

 

“Genebanks contain not only lots of different #quinoa and #kale samples but the next quinoas and kales.”, The Crop Trust
13 August 2021

“Genebanks contain not only lots of different #quinoa and #kale samples but the next quinoas and kales—the ones that will help diversify our food portfolio, the crops that thrive when others fail. It means we all depend on genebanks, whether we realize it or not.”, The Crop Trust
News Source | Photo Credit: The Crop Trust

 

 

 

Global Commitments to Conserving and Monitoring Genetic Diversity Are Now Necessary and Feasible
01 July 2021

Research Article: Global Commitments to Conserving and Monitoring Genetic Diversity Are Now Necessary and Feasible.
News Source | Photo Credit: Sean Hoban et al.

 

 

 

Health and Biodiversity
18 June 2021

“Biodiversity is essentially interwoven with many of the factors that affect human health, including: Nutrition, Mental health, Climate change, Disease spread, Ecosystem health and many more!”, UN Biodiversity
News Source | Photo Credit: UN Biodiversity

 

 

 

A Wild Way to Boost Wheat Yields
04 June 2021

“In the face of climate change, improving wheat varieties is essential to maintaining yields.”, CGIAR Nutrition
News Source | Photo Credit: CGIAR Genebank Platform

 

 

 

The handbook published by @FAOAsiaPacific: Ecosystem approach to aquaculture management
31 May 2021

The handbook published by @FAOAsiaPacific: Ecosystem approach to aquaculture management.
News Source | Photo Credit: FAO Asia Pacific

 

 

 

Urban poor community turns demolished homes into food security gardens
19 May 2021

Urban poor community turns demolished homes into food security gardens
News Source | Photo Credit: Geela Garcia (Philstar.com)

 

 

 

New book covers fragile status of the genetic diversity of our food
14 May 2021

https://bit.ly/392a7ik via @EurekAlert #BiodiversityForFood
News Source | Photo Credit: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

 

 

 

 

Unlocking the inherent potential of plant genetic resources: food security and climate adaptation strategy in Fiji and the Pacific
12 May 2021

“Pacific Islands Countries have enormous potential to address food security problems as these are home of many root and tuber crops, those contribute in food system as important crops. @B4FNTeam @BiovIntCIAT_eng @UNBiodiversity @planttreaty”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI
News Source | Photo Credit: Hemalatha Palanivel and Shipra Shah

 

 

 

Rescue plan for nature: How to fix the biodiversity crisis
27 April 2021

“Every dollar spent on ecosystem restoration accrues between $3 and $75 in return” @UNBiodiversity @FAOSDGs
News Source | Photo Credit: Graham Lawton | Jack Dykinga/naturepl.com

 

 

 

The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review
09 April 2021

“How to transform our food systems, so that we are all better fed while conserving biodiversity for future generations. Read Review: https://bit.ly/2OdMk7F.”, commented by Dr. Rishi, Coordinator of APAARI

News Source | Photo Credit: Dasgupta, P. (2021), The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review. (London: HM Treasury) | ©Will Jenkins

 

 

 

 

The 2020 edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) has a particular focus on sustainability
31 March 2021

“Fish is one of the most internationally traded foods, with a total export value of $165 billion in 2018, up from $36 billion in 1990. Read the latest The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2020 Interactive story here: https://bit.ly/3cyUS2W.”, FAO Asia Pacific

News Source | Photo Credit: FAO Asia Pacific

 

 

 

Salt Tolerant Red Gum Tree Does Not Harm Biodiversity
29 March 2021

University of Tsukuba study reports that salt tolerant red gum tree does not harm #biodiversity. Read details in #CropBiotechUpdate: https://bit.ly/3j8PcOc

News Source | Photo Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

ICAR receives King Bhumibol #WorldSoilDay2020 Award of @FAO for its contribution in “Soil Health Awareness” on theme “Stop Soil erosion, save our future” during last year
10 March 2021

“ICAR receives King Bhumibol #WorldSoilDay2020 Award of @FAO for its contribution in “Soil Health Awareness” on theme “Stop Soil erosion, save our future” during last year. Ms. Suchitra Durai, Ambassador of India to Kingdom of Thailand received the award on behalf of the Council.”, ICAR

News Source | Photo Credit: ICAR

 

 

 

Genebanks and Food Security in a Changing Agriculture ISSN: 1876-4517 (Print) 1876-4525 (Online)
02 March 2021

Genebanks and Food Security in a Changing Agriculture ISSN: 1876-4517 (Print) 1876-4525 (Online)

Photo Credit: CGIAR Genebank Platform (2019)

 

 

 

Contribution of biotech crops to food security, sustainability and climate change solutions
16 February 2021

#Biotechcrops help conserve #biodiversity. Since 1996, productivity gained through biotech crops saved 231 million hectares of land from plowing and cultivation. Visit ISAAA Brief 55 page for more details: https://bit.ly/ISAAABrief55.”, ISAAA

News source and Credit: ISAAA

 

 

 

Earth-friendly shoes: Adidas developing sustainable leather alternative made from fungus
05 February 2021

Earth-friendly shoes: Adidas developing sustainable leather alternative made from fungus

Credit: Gunavibool/Prair

 

 

 

First PH heat-tolerant rice recommended for release
19 January 2021

First PH heat-tolerant rice recommended for release

 

 

 

IRRI’s 60 Milestones
12 January 2021

IRRI’s 60 Milestones

 

 

 

Drought-tolerant GM corn comes with added, unexpected benefit—pest resistance
07 January 2021

Drought-tolerant GM corn comes with added, unexpected benefit—pest resistance

 

 

 

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-edited wheat had significantly more grains per spike compared with the wild type, thereby increasing yield per unit area
09 September 2022

Using CRISPR/Cas9 technology in wheat, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Peking University obtained multi-spikelet phenotype (2-3 spikelets at the base of each rachis node) in the lower middle part of the spikes, have implications to address food security.
Source
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

Multiple field trails of late blight-resistant (LBR) GM potatoes will be conducted by Bangladesh and Indonesia
02 September 2022

Under a partnership funded by the USAID, Michigan State University, the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute and the Indonesian Center for Agricultural Biotechnology Genetic Resources Research and Development, are working to develop and commercialize an LBR potato in farmer-preferred varieties in Indonesia and Bangladesh.
Source
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

Japan’s government approves commercialization of gene-edited tiger pufferfish for consumption
26 August 2022

By using CRISPR gene-editing technology, the pufferfish grows faster and increases in size by 90% compared to that using conventional way of breeding.
Source
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

Indian government permits field trials of first drought-resistant rice variety developed using genome editing
19 August 2022

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) have given the sanctions for the field evaluation of genome-edited rice variety during the kharif 2024 and likely to be in farmers’ field in 2026.
Source
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

Philippine Government has aimed to ensure enough seed production of Golden Rice
15 August 2022

With initial distribution in 7 targeted provinces including the identified early planter provinces for expanded seed production, the target communities which will own Golden Rice as a complementary intervention to increase vitamin A intake.
Source
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

Rwanda Government is having on-going trials for the use of agricultural biotechnology in producing a new Irish potato variety resistant to the late blight disease
10 August 2022

Some potato farmers look forward to this governmental direction for fighting late blight disease. Growing a new Irish potato variety could increase crop production and cut off the use of agro-chemicals.
Source
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

Bangladesh government has agreed to introduce 2 Bt cotton varieties, second GM crop after Bt eggplant
28 July 2022

Due to low yield (3 ton/ha) of the country’s homegrown cotton varieties, Bangladesh National Technical Committee on Crop Biotechnology has approved two Bt cotton varieties (expected yield up to 4 ton/ha) sourced from Indian company JK Agri Genetics Ltd. It will enhance income for smallholder by saving cost of pesticides.
Source
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

GM Safflower is in significant demand in Australia
21 July 2022

Melbourne-based GO Resources has been producing this specific safflower crop featuring ‘super high’ levels of oleic acid via genetic modification technology which is regarded as an alternative to palm and crude oil and low supply of high oleic sunflower oil due to Russia-Ukraine war, there has been a significant demand on Australia’s GM crops.
Source
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

The farmers of the Northern Ghana call on the government to release improved variety of GM cowpea (2019)
12 July 2022

● The passage of the National Biosafety Act in 2011 is to allow commercialization of GM crops in Ghana, however, GM variety is yet on the local market.
● Some locals’ viewpoints on GM Crops have changed gradually, they called on anti-science organizations to halt their anti-GM campaign.
● In addition, they request the government to accept the research findings from the state Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and facilitate the commercialization of the needed GM Crops to deal with pest attacks and diseases issues.
Source
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

Kenyan Government has granted approval for importing duty-free GM cottonseed cake for manufacturing the animal feeds
05 July 2022

– According to Gazette Notice, the imported cottonseed cake shall be either GM or non-GMO in accordance with the Kenyan standards applicable under the laws of Kenya and implemented by the Kenya Bureau of Standards and the National Biosafety Authority.
– The development indicates that the government seeks to solve the current shortage and unaffordability of animal feeds.
Source
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

Egypt government has given the green light for planting new strain of GM Wheat to deal with increasing crisis of wheat supply
28 June 2022

– Importing and planting GMO seeds is prohibited, but imports of GM-produced soybeans and maize are allowed in Egypt.
– Due to a Coronavirus pandemic and the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the crisis of wheat supply increases that both countries are the biggest wheat exporters to Egypt.
– The agricultural research scientists in the authority have started harvesting the production of new strain of GM wheat which can contribute to increasing Egypt’s local production of wheat by 33 percent.
Source: https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/115421/Egypt%E2%80%99-agriculture-scientists-at-Atomic-Energy-Authority-produces-new-strain
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources

 

 

 

Malaysia is set to be the centre to establish the world’s first algae biotechnology consortium (ABC) as an essential solution toward a sustainable planet and to replace over-exhausted fossil fuel products
17 June 2022