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Allegations against Monsanto of 'unsafe' Bt products and 'health risks' are blatantly inaccurate
In the following article, we point out the blatant inaccuracies in the story by Indra Shekhar Singh titled "Thanks to Monsanto's reckless practices, Bt toxins in adulterant cottonseed oil may be seeping into your samosas" published on Firstpost on 29 October, 2017.

Feeding the World: Genetically Modified Superwheat is Transforming Our Future - SDG #2

The second of UN’s sustainable development goals is to end hunger and achieve food security. It’s a goal that’s getting harder to accomplish as we face growing populations and climate change, among other obstacles.

CRISPR/Cas9: A powerful tool for crop genome editing

The CRISPR/Cas9 technology is evolved from a type II bacterial immune system and represents a new generation of targeted genome editing technology that can be applied to nearly all organisms. Site-specific modification is achieved by a single guide RNA (usually about 20 nucleotides) that is complementary to a target gene or locus and is anchored by a protospacer-adjacent motif.

Revolutionizing plant biology: multiple ways of genome engineering by CRISPR/Cas
The precise manipulation of plant genomes relies on the induction of DNA double-strand breaks by site-specific nucleases to initiate DNA repair reactions that are either based on non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) or homologous recombination (HR).

DA’s biggest biotechnology center set to rise in Laguna
Biggest Biotechnology centre by Department of Agriculture is to be established at Philippines Rice Research centre, Laguna, Philippines, to develop technologies and innovations in agriculture sector.

CryoSymp 2018 – March 26-28, 2017
The Third International Symposium on Plant Cryopreservation (CryoSymp 2018). The symposium, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand on March 26-28, 2018, is organized by the Department of Plant Science, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University and is supported by the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), universities, governmental organizations, associations and private sectors in Thailand and abroad.

Engineering species-like barriers to sexual reproduction - October 12, 2017

“Synthetic incompatibility”, developed using CRISPER-Cas9, has potential to overcome the major challenge to applying genetic engineering for the benefits of humankind and environment by avoiding the risk of that organism whose genes have been modified might produce the offspring with their wild and domesticated relatives.

APAARI Executive Committee Meeting - November 12, 2017
Rama Gardens Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Regional Expert Consultation on Underutilized Crops for Food and Nutritional Security in Asia and the Pacific, Rama Gardens Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand- November 13-15, 2017
Despite Green, White and Blue Revolutions, poverty and hunger are still the twin challenges being faced globally. Though efforts were made since 1992, when as an outcome of Earth Summit, the United Nations had adopted Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce poverty by half.

New study shows that groundnut immunity to aflatoxin could be within reach thanks to a double-defence approach
Using innovative biotechnology approaches, researchers at ICRISAT have developed groundnuts free from aflatoxins, has just been published in Plant Biotechnology Journal (

The draft genome of tropical fruit durian (Durio zibethinus)
Durian (Durio zibethinus) is a Southeast Asian tropical plant known for its hefty, spine-covered fruit and sulfury and onion-like odor. Singapore scientists crack durian genome. The durian genome provides a valuable resource for biological research and agronomy of this tropical fruit.

Grey Market: When nearly a million Indian farmers plant ‘unapproved’ GM cotton – September 28, 2017
A number of Indian farmers started growing herbicide-tolerant (HT) cotton in India, though government has not approved it as yet, as reported in leading English daily. If farmers have adopted HT cotton and reaping benefit of the technology, government need to consider for its approval rather farmers are growing it illegally.

CRISPER-CAS9 genome editing in microRNA of rice - September 6, 2017

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that play important roles in plant development and stress responses. Loss-of-function analysis of miRNA genes has been traditionally challenging due to lack of appropriate knockout tools. A group of scientists from China and US studied that single miRNA genes (OsMIR408 and OsMIR528) and miRNA gene families (miR815a/b/c and miR820a/b/c) in rice were targeted by CRISPR-CAS9. Our work not only provides empirical guidelines on targeting miRNAs with CRISPR-Cas9, but also brings new insights into miRNA function and complex cross-regulation in rice.

Genetically-modified wheat used to make coeliac-friendly bread- September 26, 2017
The group of scientists from Spain and USA developed gluten-free wheat using  CRISPER-CAS9 technology. The low-gluten, transgene-free wheat lines described here could be used to produce low gluten foodstuff and serve as source material to introgress this trait into elite wheat varieties.
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