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 Nov 2022 17:00:00 +0800Codex Alimentarius Commission Adopts New Food Safety Standards United Nations food standards body, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, is holding a hybrid session on November 21-25, 2022, to adopt food safety and quality standards. The Commission is a joint initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It is tasked to protect consume...Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:00:00 +0800GlobalKenyans Need to Turn to GM Crops to Combat Drought is experiencing a severe water shortage due to four failed rainy seasons and is in the middle of the worst droughts that happened in the East African region in four decades. These conditions lead to reduced crop production and indicate a possible famine. One of the solutions to such problems is the adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops ...Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:00:00 +0800Africa28-Million-Year-Old Gene Protects Plants Against Caterpillars study reports that the defense mechanisms plants use to recognize and respond to the caterpillar, a common plant pest, has arisen from a single gene that evolved over millions of years. The study also found that some plants, such as soybeans, have lost this protective gene over time and suggests that genetically engineering plants to reintroduce ...Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:00:00 +0800AmericasAgronomists Find Wheat Varieties Resistant to Enzyme Depletion seed depletion (EMSD) is a leading cause of loss in grain crops, destroying up to 60% of the crop. The development of EMSD is associated with adverse weather conditions when an increase in enzyme activity breaks down grain biopolymers into simple sugars and amino acids. Maintaining humidity helps plants deal with EMSD, but developing...Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificPhilippines Celebrate 18th National Biotech Week November 21, 2022, the Philippines officially opened the celebration of the 18th National Biotechnology Week. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) hosts the five-day event at the Philippine Trade Training Center, Pasay City. The theme for this year is Responding to the Challenges: Business Opportunities in Biotechnology, and it aims to att...Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificISAAA Inc., SEARCA Launches Policy Briefs on Philippine Biosafety Regulations As Part of the National Biotechnology Week Celebration Inc. and its long-time collaborator, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) launched two new policy briefs on Philippine biosafety by Ms. Ma. Lorelie U. Agbagala, Head Secretariat of the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines. The launch was held during the opening day of the 18...Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificEFSA GMO Panel Concludes GM Maize MON 87429 Safe as Conventional Counterpart European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) GMO Panel released its Scientific Opinion on the safety of genetically modified (GM) herbicide tolerant maize MON 87429, for import, processing, and food and feed uses within the European Union (EU), and does not include cultivation in the EU.Following the submission of application EFSA-GMO-NL-2019-161 unde...Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:00:00 +0800EuropeRoot Structure Mapped Out to Identify Components of Drought Stress Tolerance in Rice international team of scientists were able to identify candidate genes for further genetic research on the improvement of root phenotypes to respond to drought stress by examining the phenotypic and genetic correlations among rice root anatomical, morphological, and agronomic phenotypes.The team used more than 200 rice accessions from Southeast ...Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:00:00 +0800Research