Crop Biotech Update weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA).en-usWed, 23 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0800Could Gene Drive Protect Nature?, in partnership with the Outreach Network for Gene Drive Research and the Biotechnology Information Centers, will be conducting the second session of the Gene Drive Webinar Series. The next session titled Could gene drive approaches be used to protect nature and recover biodiversity loss? will be held on June 24, 2021 at 2 PM Manila (7 AM Lon...Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0800GlobalKenya National Biosafety Authority Approves Genetically Modified Cassava June 22, 2021, the Kenya National Biosafety Authority (NBA) approved the environmental release of genetically modified (GM) cassava event 4046, resistant to cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) developed by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO).The NBA Board approved the application as stated in the decision document ...Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0800AfricaBioactive Packaging Keeps Strawberries Fresh from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) have developed a packaging film made of shellfish shells, essential oils, and nanoparticles to keep strawberries fresh for up to 12 days.The film possesses antifungal and antimicrobial properties that help in preserving the strawberries. It is made of chitosan, a type of suga...Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasPlant Immune Proteins Kill Cells to Defend against Pathogens Dangl and his research team at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have discovered the mechanism that plants use to self-destruct in order to survive.Plant cells self-destruct to survive. When they detect a pathogen, they set off a chain reaction that ultimately destroys them, preventing the disease from spreading. Dangl's team disco...Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasPakistan's Government Committed to Develop Agriculture for Food Security Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht has said that a progressive approach is being promoted to enhance agricultural productivity which is vital for food security in the country. The provincial minister said this while addressing a seminar on development, poverty rate, and food security, organized by Government College University, Lah...Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificResearchers Report Resequenced Vietnamese Rice Genome international team of researchers from Earlham Institute, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), genebanks, and rice breeders from Vietnam has generated new genomic data from the local rice varieties of Vietnam that could be a source of novel genes to help breed crops with higher resistance to climate change.The researchers have analyzed ...Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificAward-winning Purple Tomato to be Released in China in Disney Packaging tomato known as Yoom, which won as Fruit Logistica Innovation Award in Berlin in February 2020, will be distributed in China in packaging featuring well-loved Disney characters. Aside from Yoom, Nebula tomato, which has sweet and full of flavor, will also be packaged in with Disney characters.The Yoom tomato is unique because of its purplish...Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificEFSA Publishes Scientific Opinion on Herbicide Tolerant Oilseed Rape 73496 European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Panel) has published an assessment of the outcome of its risk assessment of oilseed rape 73496 according to the scope as defined in application EFSA-GMO-NL-2012-109. Oilseed rape 73496 was developed to confer tolerance to glyphosate through the expression of the ...Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0800EuropeGenetics Allows Selection of Cattles that Produce Less Methane Anglo-Danish biological insights group has identified a way to reduce emissions from cattle by selecting the ones that produce less methane using genetic tools.Using genetics, scientists from Synomics identified a gene in cattle that causes excessive methane production. The group claims that selective breeding will help farmers breed cattle with...Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0800EuropeMore Olive Genomes Identified by Scientists scientists used advanced sequencing technologies to update the olive genome, which was incompletely obtained in 2016. The new information can provide more information to olive researchers globally and provide a better foundation for its molecular breeding.Olives have a high number of repetitive sequences in their genomes and are complex in ...Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0800ResearchExperts Tackle Induced Mutagenesis in Date Palm Breeding mutagenesis could be a potential approach in date palm improvement, according to King Faisal University researchers and partners. A chapter in the book The Date Palm Genome tackles the potential use of mutagenesis techniques in date palm improvement.Date palm is an economically important crop in the oases agroecological zones. There are li...Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0800ResearchStudy Finds Gene Editing in Cattle Produces No Off-Target Mutagenesis investigated the off-target and de novo mutagenesis in a cattle line bearing edits for diluted coat-color using CRISPR-Cas9 technology. The results revealed that no off-target events were detected during genome sequencing, providing evidence that the technology is an effective tool to rapidly introduce variations into cattle populations ...Wed, 23 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding Technologies