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, 22 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0800Asian Regional Workshop on Current and Upcoming Items under the CBD and its Protocols and partners are organizing the 2nd Pre-COPMOP2021: Asian Regional Workshop on Current and Upcoming Items Under the CBD and its Protocols on September 28-29, 2021 via Zoom. Registration is now open to all interested participants.The Pre-COPMOP sessions will cover the following:rundown of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its pr...Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0800GlobalBiotech Stakeholders Gather to Celebrate Africa Biotechnology Gains at ABBC2021 for enhanced scientific collaboration, government/political goodwill and development of public-private partnerships in the biotechnology sector took center stage as biotech stakeholders gathered at this year's Africa Biennial Biosciences Communication (ABBC2021) symposium. Africa's biotechnology sector, the stakeholders opined, is poised to d...Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0800AfricaStatements by Known Organizations Influence Consumer's Attitude about GMOs attitudes towards genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their products require continuous research to help address local and international concerns about consumer health and environmental safety. In a recent study, it was found that consumers' concerns are decreased significantly when they are continuously exposed to a science-based me...Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasUS Scientists Embark on Developing Edible Plant-based Vaccines new project is being pursued by scientists from the University of California Riverside to develop edible plants into mRNA vaccine factories. If successful, plants such as lettuce and spinach can produce the vaccines and be grown in backyards and even entire fields.The mRNA technology is currently being used to produce COVID-19 vaccines in plants....Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0800AmericasAustralian OGTR Approves Commercial Release of GM Canola's Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has issued license DIR 178 to BASF Australia Ltd., authorizing the commercial release of canola genetically modified (GM) for herbicide tolerance and a hybrid breeding system.The GM canola will be released throughout Australia. The GM canola and products derived from it may enter general co...Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificAustralian Researchers Discover Barley Powdery Mildew Resistance Genes from Australia's Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) have discovered a set of unique and potentially durable resistance genes from exotic barley lines and landraces that can be used to develop crops with more stable resistance to powdery mildew.The three adult genes (RBgh1-3) discovered at CCDM, a leading Australian research c...Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0800Asia and the PacificJohn Innes Centre Research Group Identifies Microbial Molecule that Turns Plants into Zombies from the Hogenhout group at the John Innes Centre and their collaborators have identified a manipulation molecule produced by Phytoplasma bacteria to hijack plant development. Inside a plant, this protein causes the breakdown of key growth regulators, triggering abnormal growth.Phytoplasma are microbes that are notorious for their abili...Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0800EuropeFrench Researchers and Experts Appeal to President Macron to Support Plant Biotechnologies French Association of Plant Biotechnologies (AFBV), a group of more than 100 researchers and experts, appeals to President Emmanuel Macron to support plant biotechnologies in Europe.In a press release, the group seeks President Macron's support to a major initiative to reduce EU dependence on synthetic pesticides, during the next presidency of ...Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0800EuropeScientists Assess Impact of Beta-carotene-enriched Soybeans on Soil Microorganisms group of researchers in the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Rural Development Administration and partners in Korea evaluated the effect of beta-carotene-enhanced soybean and hybrid soybeans on soil microbial communities. The results are published in Plant Biotechnology Reports.One of the strategies in the environmental assessment of ...Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0800ResearchCRISPR-dMac3-Cas9 System Used to Investigate Potato Tuber Starch Trait University of Science researchers explored the potato tuber starch trait by developing potato mutants lacking a starch branching enzyme gene using CRISPR-Cas9 attached to the translation enhancer dMac3. Their findings are published in J-stage Plant Biotechnology journal.The potato tuber starch trait can be altered based on the composition of ...Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesResearchers Identify Abiotic Stress Tolerance Genes for Editing in Upland Rice from the Colombian Corporation of Agricultural Research and partners identified the genes linked to abiotic stress tolerance in upland rice cultivars (Llanura11 and Porvenir12) adapted to acid soils using CRISPR-Cas9. Their findings are published in Research Square.Five candidate stress tolerance genes were selected to know more about the a...Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding TechnologiesJapan Starts Sale of Genome-Edited High-GABA Tomato Seed Co., Ltd., together with its partner for sales Pioneer EcoScience Co, Ltd., has announced that the commercial sales of Sicilian Rouge High GABA, their genome-edited tomatoes with increased gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) will begin on September 15, 2021.Developed in collaboration with the University of Tsukuba, the genome-edited high-G...Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0800New Breeding Technologies