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, 20 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0800FAO Promotes Innovation to Maintain Agri-Food Systems During the COVID-19 Pandemic approaches in agri-food systems were used by households and countries to help minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food supply chains. More innovative solutions are necessary to "build back better and build back greener", according to QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. H...Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0800GlobalDr. Margaret Karembu Conferred Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) by Kenyan President Margaret Karembu has conferred a Presidential award in recognition of her tireless effort over the last two decades to improve science communication and appreciation of modern biotechnology tools for national development.In nominating Dr. Karembu for consideration of the award, Kenya's National Commission for Science, Technology, and Innovation...Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0800AfricaCamelina Plants Engineered to Produce Pheromones for Pest Control plant, a source of cooking oil, was genetically engineered to contain insect sex pheromones that can be extracted for sustainable insect pest control.The research team, led by experts at ISCA, Inc., modified the genetic code of camelina plants to contain genes of insects to promote the production of the desired pheromones. The plants produ...Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasUSDA APHIS Deregulates GE Insect Resistant Cotton U.S Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the deregulation of the cotton variety MON 88702 which exhibits resistance to certain insects, primarily tarnished plant bugs (Lygus species).The Notice in the Federal Register states that APHIS is advising the public that the genetically eng...Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasGene Editing Provides Possible Solution to Citrus Greening Disease from Instituto Agronômico de Campinas is developing a citrus plant through gene editing to combat huanglongbing (HLB) or the citrus greening disease in São Paulo, Brazil.The researchers used citrandarin rootstocks (hybrids of tangerines with Poncirus trifoliata) in the breeding program because it has the genes to reduce the impacts of t...Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasUSDA, FDA Sign MOU on Animal Biotechnology Regulation United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and US Department of Health and Human Services signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) finalizing the joint roles of the USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in regulating products derived from animal biotechnology.The MOU was signed on January 13, 2021, and complements USDA's issua...Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasFSANZ Calls for Comment for GM Food Derived from Herbicide Tolerant Canola Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for comments on an application that will allow food from a genetically modified canola, MON94100 that has been engineered to be protected from the herbicide dicamba.The application is the first to be accepted under a safety assessment sharing arrangement between FSANZ and Health Canada. FSANZ ...Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificEFSA Publishes Scientific Opinion on Four-Event Stack Maize 1507 × MIR162 × MON810 × NK603 European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority (GMO Panel) has published their Scientific Opinion on genetically modified (GM) four‐event stack maize 1507 × MIR162 × MON810 × NK603 and its subcombinations independently of their origin. The scientific opinion is published...Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0800EuropeScientists Propose to Use Genetic Engineering to Develop Fusarium Wilt-Resistant Bananas from China suggested that genetic engineering can be used to develop bananas resistant to Fusarium wilt disease while maintaining the crop's yield capacity. The proposal provides an option for banana breeders to produce an elite variety to address the global threat of the disease.Bananas are one of the most important crops in developing...Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0800ResearchFrance: "NBTs are not GMOs" Agriculture Minister of France Julien Denormandie said in an interview that France sees crops developed using gene editing techniques as different to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and opposes a European Union court decision placing them under strict GMO regulations.In 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that mutagenesis, amo...Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesImproving Biotic Tolerance in Crop Plants through Gene Editing gene-editing tools such as TALENs and CRISPR-Cas9 can be used to move towards a chemical-free approach for disease resistance while saving the environment. This is according to Krishan Mohan Rai and Harpal Singh's chapter in the book Genome Engineering for Crop Improvement released this month.Crop improvement has been one of the main targets...Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding Technologies