Crop Biotech Update
July 20, 2016
• FAO Seeks to Bridge Gap between Agri and Forestry to Improve Food Security
• BecA Director Asks Scientists to Tell the World about their Research
• Kenyan Senator Urges Adoption of GM Crops in the Country
• Scientists Share Advances in Alfalfa Genome Research
• U.S. House of Representatives Passes GM Food Labeling Bill
• Herbicide Resistance Predates GM Crops, Says Weed Scientists
• Research Team Explains How Plants Can Grow on Saline Soils
• International Team of Scientists Release Whole Genomes and Epigenomes of More than 1,000 Arabidopsis Plants
• SAPK9 Improves Drought Tolerance and Grain Yield in Rice
• Agrobacterium rhizogenes Genes Induce Dwarfism in Arabidopsis
• Overexpression of Alfalfa TMT Increases α-Tocopherol content in Arabidopsis Seeds
Beyond Crop Biotech
• Scientists to Harness Plant Microbiome to Improve Food Supply
• Researchers Develop First Step Toward Controlled Gene Therapy
• GM Mosquitoes Reduce Dengue Fever Cases by 91% in Piracicaba, Brazil
• 2nd International and 14th National Iranian Crop Science Congress
Crop Biotech Update: Special Editions
BEIJING (13 Apr 2015) — Since 1996, 2 billon hectares of arable land – a massive area more than twice the landmass of China or the United States – have been planted with biotech crops. Additionally, it is estimated that farmers in up to 28 countries have reaped more than US$150 billion in benefits from biotech crops since 1996. This has helped alleviate poverty for up to 16.5 million small farmers and their families annually totaling about 65 million people, who are some of the poorest people in the world.
“More farmers are planting biotech crops in developing countries precisely because biotech crops are a rigorously-tested option for improving crop yields,” said Clive James, founder and emeritus chair of ISAAA, who has authored the ISAAA report for the past two decades. “Despite claims from opponents that biotechnology only benefits farmers in industrialized countries, the continued adoption of the technology in developing countries disproves that” James added.
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January 20, 2016
Arabic - March 23, 2016
Chinese - June 8, 2016
Thai - April 27, 2016
Bangla - June 1, 2016
Chinese-Traditional - June 8, 2016
Japanese - June 1, 2016
Bahasa Indonesia - June 15, 2016
Korean - December 2, 2015
July 13, 2016
News and Trends
• Queensland Teams up with PNNL to Study Advanced Thermochemical Biofuel Production
• Sweets Company Reaches Zero-Waste-to Landfill Milestone
• Fonterra Dairy Firm First to Adopt Biofuel in New Zealand
Research and Development
• Vessel-Specific Expression of CSE Restores Vascular Integrity in Low Lignin CSE-Loss-of-Function Mutants
• Researchers Modify Heat-loving Microorganism for Bioalcohol Production
• Study Shows Diesel from Soybean is Less Toxic than Others
Policy and Regulation
• India to Increase its Ethanol Blending Limit
• Hawaii Governor Signs Renewable Fuels Production Tax Credit
ISAAA releases its latest short video (6 minutes) capturing the viewpoints of biotech experts and stakeholders from different countries on how to properly address biotech critics.
Beyond Promises: Top 10 Facts about Biotech/GM Crops in Their First 20 Years, 1996 to 2015
A visual presentation of the 10 important highlights about biotech crops from 1996 to 2015, taken from the 20th Anniversary of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops (1996 to 2015) and Biotech Crop HIghlights in 2015, authored by Clive James.
Updated Pocket K on Biotech Crop Highlights
The updated version of ISAAA Pocket K No. 16 based on 20th Anniversary (1996 to 2015) of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015 authored by Dr. Clive James is now available
Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2015
Since 1996, 2 billon hectares of arable land – a massive area more than twice the landmass of China or the United States – have been planted with biotech crops. Additionally, it is estimated that farmers in up to 28 countries have reaped more than US$150 billion in benefits from biotech crops since 1996. This has helped alleviate poverty for up to 16.5 million small farmers and their families annually totaling about 65 million people, who are some of the poorest people in the world.
WATCH: Issues and Challenges in Crop Biotechnology
A collection of views and personal experiences of eminent scientists, regulators and communicators from 11 countries, in dealing with various issues and challenges in the adoption and acceptance of biotechnology and biotech crops.
ISAAA in 2015
ISAAA releases annual report in 2015. The report features the efforts and accomplishments of ISAAA for 2015 as its contribution for the global populace. ISAAA continues to feed the world with knowledge, strengthen skills, and unify voices with the hope that crop biotechnology will provide solutions to the most pressing needs of farmers, consumers, and the whole community.
ISAAA Infographic: 19 Years of Biotech Crops in the World
A map infographic showing the countries that are planting and importing biotech crops. In the last 19 years, more than 60 developed and developing countries have either planted or imported biotech crops. Twenty-eight countries planted, and 39 more imported biotech crops in 2014.
Pocket No. 51 Coexistence of Biotech and Non-biotech Crops
This Pocket K includes case studies showing that simultaneous planting of biotech and non-biotech crops in contiguous location is possible, following proper guidelines such as scheduling of flowering time and setting buffer distance between farms. The U.S. and E.U. experiences in developing coexistence guidelines were also discussed.
Infographic: Do You Know Where Biotech Crops are Grown?
The infographic shows the commercialized biotech crops grown in the 28 planting countries in 2014 based on ISAAA Brief 49 Global Status of Commercialized Biotech /GM Crops: 2014
Biotech Corn in the Philippines: A Country Profile
The monograph features an overview of the country''s agricultural profile, particularly on biotech corn a background of its biosafety regulations biotech research and development and products in the pipeline and stakeholder experiences and sentiments on biotech adoption.
50 Biotech Bites
The book entitled 50 Biotech Bites contains 50 topics relevant to the science, applications, and issues behind agricultural biotechnology. It is based on pocket-sized publications called Pockets K or Pockets of Knowledge which have been developed by ISAAA for the last 15 years.
Biotech Country Facts and Trends (Updated) Batch 2
ISAAA releases the second batch in the revised series Biotech Country Facts and Trends. This set features the five developing biotech countries of Pakistan, South Africa, Uruguay, Bolivia, and the Philippines. Biotech Country Facts and Trends are concise summaries highlighting the commercialization of biotech crops in specific countries.
Biotech Country Facts and Trends (Updated)
ISAAA releases the revised series Biotech Country Facts and Trends. The first set in the series features the top five developing biotech countries of Brazil, Argentina, India, China, and Paraguay. Biotech Country Facts and Trends are concise summaries highlighting the commercialization of biotech crops in specific countries.
Biotech Booklet 4, Myths and Facts about Agricultural Biotechnology
The booklet answers 10 myths on agricultural biotech, providing facts and data relevant to each topic.
Beyond Promises: Top 10 Facts about Biotech/GM Crops in 2014
A visual presentation of the 10 important highlights about biotech crops in 2014, taken from the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014.
Search thru over 500 links to research institutes, universities, companies, sources of biotech information and other directories specific to agricultural biotechnology and related fields.
A list of meetings, courses and workshops related to crop biotechnology world-wide.