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, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0800Community of Experts Presents Progressive Regulatory Approaches for Animal Biotech community of experts held a series of virtual workshop sessions on regulatory approaches for agricultural applications of animal biotechnology. The key points of the discussions are summarized in an open-access review article released in Transgenic Research.The workshop sessions highlighted the following:There are still several challenges for ani...Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0800GlobalKenyan Livestock Farmers Appeal for Importation of GM Animal Feeds farmers in Kenya are staring at a bleak future following a dire shortage of livestock feeds, a situation that has exorbitantly pushed up livestock production costs in the country. Now, farmers are appealing to the Government to allow importation of genetically modified (GM) feed ingredients which are relatively cheap and readily available...Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0800AfricaDiscovery Finds Plants Rely on CLASSY Gene Family to Diversify their Epigenomes team at the Salk Institute (Salk) has shown a gene family that regulates parts of the genome that are turned off in a tissue-specific manner.The CLASSY gene family (CLSY 14) essentially controls where the genome is marked by DNA methylation, the addition of methyl chemical groups to the DNA acting like tags saying, "turn off." The research team ...Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0800AmericasGene Discovery to Make Superman Sorghum that Resists Broad Spectrum of Fungi team of researchers from Purdue University, including 2009 World Food Prize laureate Gebisa Ejeta have made a discovery that brings them closer to developing the Superman of sorghum plants.The newly discovered gene, called Anthracnose Resistance Gene1, or ARG1, confers broad protection from the fungal diseases anthracnose, rust, and target spot. ...Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0800AmericasResearchers to Develop Roundworm-Resistant Sweet Potatoes State University (LSU) researchers and partners received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop sweet potato varieties resistant to guava root-knot nematode.According to researchers at LSU College of Agriculture (AgCenter), guava root-knot nematode is one of the most damagin...Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0800AmericasHKU Scientists Discover Mechanisms to Make Salt Tolerant Soybeans from the University of Hong Kong have identified the molecular mechanisms that activate salt-induced adaptive changes in soybeans, which could lead to finding solutions for saline agriculture.The research team examined soybean roots in salt solution and found Class II ACBP3 and ACBP4 variant proteins smaller than the native forms emerged...Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificAPAARI Presents Lessons on GM Maize Adoption from the Philippines modified (GM) maize is one of the viable options to help meet food security and income needs in emerging economies. However, there is limited GM maize adoption in Africa and Asia. In the Philippines, farmers have adopted GM maize for almost two decades. The Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) released...Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificUS Supports Further Research of Bt Eggplants in Bangladesh, Philippines University announced that it received an award grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue the efforts to bring genetically engineered (GE) eggplant varieties to farmers in Bangladesh and the Philippines.USAID has provided Cornell's Feed the Future Insect-Resistant Eggplant Partnership a grant amoun...Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificChinese Scientists Discover Universal Key to Solve Self-Incompatibility of Potatoes, the third most important staple food crop in the world consumed by approximately 1.3 billion people, are mostly tetraploids, carrying four copies of chromosome sets, which complicates breeding efforts to introduce new traits. Diploid potatoes, however, are self-incompatible with the problem of inbreeding depression.Researchers from the Ag...Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0800ResearchResearchers Produce Quinoa Hybrids Thanks to Genome Sequencing helping to sequence the quinoa genome five years ago, researchers at the Brigham Young University (BYU) used this information and came up with quinoa hybrids that are more tolerant to abiotic stress.The BYU research team was able to develop new hybrids of quinoa that were more heat tolerant, more salt tolerant, and were better at surviving in...Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0800ResearchCRISPR-based Tool Reverses Insecticide Resistance in Fruit Flies from Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS) developed a method to reverse insecticide resistance using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing. The results of their study are published in Nature Communications.Insecticides are vital in the global efforts to stop the spread of mosquito-borne diseases as well as in controlling insect-driven crop dam...Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesSouth African Seed Growers Appeal for NBT Not to be Regulated as GMOs African seed industry organizations led by the South African National Seed Organization (SANSOR) released a joint statement after the National Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) announced that products derived from new breeding technologies will be evaluated under the risk assessment framework used for genet...Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding Technologies