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ISAAA Brief 54-2018: Executive Summary

*Biotech Crops Continue to Help Meet the Challenges of Increased Population and Climate Change* * * *Introduction* * * Biotechnology can be used to develop stress-tolerant and more nutritious crop varieties to protect natural resources and human health. Each biotech crop is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, while approved commercial products in the market have been subjected to rigorous scientific scrutiny. Biotech...

Verdeca Receives USDA Approval of HB4® Drought Tolerant Soybeans

— Novel trait stack expected to help growers facing climate and production challenges —   — HB4 trait now has regulatory approval in more than 80 percent of the global soybean market —   *DAVIS, Calif. and ROSARIO, Argentina (Aug. 8, 2019)* – Verdeca, a joint venture between Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKDA) and Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp....

RELEASE: New Research Outlines 5-Course ‘Menu of Solutions’ to Achieve Sustainable Food Future

Washington, D.C. (July 17, 2019)—With the world’s population expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050, a major new report shows the global food system must undergo urgent change to ensure there is adequate food for everyone without destroying the planet.   The World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future reveals that meeting this challenge will...

Designer plants one step closer to growing low-cost medical, industrial proteins

Imagine if plants could be engineered to produce vaccines, pharmaceuticals, proteins and enzymes for medical, agricultural and industrial applications at a fraction of their current cost.   A new Cornell-led study describes a major advancement in the field, literally.   The market for such biologically derived proteins is forecast to reach $300 billion in the near future. Industrial enzymes and...

Unearthing the sweet potato proteome

“Proteomics and Proteogenomics Analysis of Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas) Leaf and Root” Journal of Proteome Research   The sweet, starchy orange sweet potatoes are tasty and nutritious ingredients for fries, casseroles and pies. Although humans have been cultivating sweet potatoes for thousands of years, scientists still don’t know much about the protein makeup of these tubers. In ACS’Journal of Proteome...

USDA Proposes New SECURE Biotechnology Regulations to Protect Plant Health and Promote Agricultural Innovation

Washington, D.C., June 5, 2019 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of a proposed rule titled “Movement of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms.” In preparing this proposal, we were guided by the following principles: Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient, or SECURE for short. The SECURE rule will modernize the Department’s biotechnology regulations...

FOODS ENHANCED WITH PROVEN HEALTH BENEFITS NOT MAKING IT TO CONSUMERS QUICKLY ENOUGH

Professor Johnathan Napier, who pioneered the development of plants that produce heart healthy omega-3 fish oils, says that misinformation and over-regulation is stopping or slowing several GM foods with the potential to save lives from making it to consumers.   He points to the example of Golden Rice, which has been genetically modified to provide more Vitamin...

Scientists stack algorithms to improve predictions of yield-boosting crop traits

Hyperspectral data comprises the full light spectrum; this dataset of continuous spectral information has many applications from understanding the health of the Great Barrier Reef to picking out more productive crop cultivars. To help researchers better predict high-yielding crop traits, a team from the University of Illinois have stacked together six high-powered, machine learning algorithms that are...

Ghana farmer groups demand accelerated approval of GMO crops

Farmer groups in Ghana are asking the government to speed up the process of commercializing genetically modified (GM) crops as an alternative to pesticide use.   They want Ghana’s Parliament and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to “heed the cry of farmers concerning difficulties we face with pest and diseases, and push for the availability of...

BTI Scientists Create New Genomic Resource for Improving Tomatoes

Tomato breeders have traditionally emphasized traits that improve production, like larger fruits and more fruits per plant. As a result, some traits that improved other important qualities, such as flavor and disease resistance, were lost.   Researchers from Boyce Thompson Institute and colleagues from partnering institutions have created a pan-genome that captures all of the genetic information of...

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