Brochure on APCoAB

The publication provides a brief account of the mission, objectives, strategy and activities of Asia-pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology.



APAARI Strategic Plan 2017-2022

The Strategic Plan directs APAARI, its partners and other stakeholders to focus on four main themes and their respective outcomes and to contribute to the development of agri-food systems (AFS) in the Asia-Pacific region. These themes are: i) Mobilization, management and use of natural resources for sustainability; ii) Management of risks and uncertainties; iii) Inclusive development and integration of value chains targeted at benefiting smallholders; and iv) Analysis, strengthening and formulation of public policies and overarching regulatory frameworks in support of the transformation and development of AFS.



Communication Strategies for Adoption of Agri-Biotechnology in the Asia Pacific - A Framework for Engagement with Key Stakeholders about Agri-Biotechnology

This framework is designed for research agencies and partners to assist in developing strategies for communicating about Agri-biotechnology. It is based on a workshop on ‘Development of Communication Strategies for Adoption of Agri-Biotechnology in Asia’, held in Chiang Rai, Thailand, from 28-29 September 2015.

Development of Communication Strategies for Adoption of Agri-Biotechnology in the Asia-Pacific region - Proceedings and Recommendations.

The publication details of the proceedings of a two day workshop held in Chiang Rai, Thailand, from 28-29 September 2015 to deliberate on key factors that could lead to faster adoption of agri-biotechnology and identify best practices and communication strategies to overcome some of the challenges faced by some countries in adopting agri-biotechnology. The workshop was jointly organised by the Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions; the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications; Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre, and was supported by the Council of Agriculture Executive, Yuan, R.O.C.

Expert Consultation on Assuring Food Safety in Asia-Pacific

The publication reports the proceedings of the meeting held at Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Science (JIRCAS), Tsukuba, Japan on 4-5 August 2014. It includes summary of presentations on Keynote Lectures, Country Reports, Scientific Advances in Specific Commodities followed by discussions held in each session. Details of Discussions on Key Issues and Recommendations made in the final session are also provided.

Biosafety Regulations for GM Crops in Asia-Pacific

This is a rewritten, updated and enlarged version of previous APCoAB publication “Biosafety Regulations of Asia-Pacific Countries”. It gives brief details of the regulatory instruments comprising laws/acts/decrees/regulations/rules related to biosafety of GM crops existing in 48 countries of Asia and the Pacific. The contents comprise chapters: 1) Status of Genetically Modified Crops in Asia-Pacific, 2) International Developments in Biosafety Regulation, 3) Biosafety Regulations in Asia-Pacific Countries, 4) Risk Assessment Frameworks: Some Case Studies, 5) Trade-Related Issues in GM Crops, and 6) Biotechnology and Biosafety in Asia-Pacific - The Way Forward.



Asia-Pacific Symposium on Molecular Breeding - Proceedings

The publication reports the proceeding of the Asia-Pacific Symposium on Molecular Breeding, held from 1-3 October 2013 at AVRDC-The World Vegetable Centre. The event brought together more than 60 scientists involved with plant and animal breeding from 11 Asia-Pacific countries. The symposium program was divided into three parts: The first part provided a technical update on marker-assisted selection in breeding and on genotyping innovations; the second part reported on the status and the progress of molecular breeding in the countries represented in the symposium; and the final part comprised a networking session designed to build bridges between the research institutions in the region to enhance collaboration in marker-assisted selection for improvement of priority crop and animals.

APAARI Newsletter, Vol.24 (1), June 2015

Half-yearly newsletter of the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) for the second half of 2013.

Expert Consultation on "Managing Trans-boundary Diseases of Agricultural Importance in the Asia-Pacific Region" - Proceedings & Recommendations

The publication details the proceedings of meeting organized by APAARI in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) at New Delhi on October 10-12, 2012. The contents include recommendations made in seven sessions on Status and Management of Trans-boundary Diseases (TBDs) of plants, animals and fish; Issues on TBDs; and Priorities for Policies, Research and Regional Management of TBDs. The final chapter comprises proceedings of Plenary Session including recommendations on policy, research, capacity building and regional cooperation in management of TBDs.

Stakeholders' Dialogue on Biosafety Regulations in the Asia-Pacific Region - Proceedings & Recommendations

This publication is the outcome of meeting on the same topic organized by Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology (APCoAB) in Bangkok, Thailand on 16-17 April 2013. It includes background information, program, and summaries of presentations, discussion highlights and recommendations. The latter are grouped under these subheads; i) biotechnology R&D priorities especially aimed at smallholders ii) enhancing communication for public awareness, and iii) regional cooperation for biosafety management.

Stakeholders' Interface on Genetically Modified Crops - Proceedings & Recommendations

This publication is the outcome of meeting organized by Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology (APCoAB) and Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) in Manila, Philippines on 27th September, 2012. It includes summaries of the presentations and recommendations made during the meeting.



Micropropogation of Date Palms

This publication details micropropagation protocols of date palm based on somatic embryogenesis and organogenesis and  using, besides others tissues, flowers as explants.  It also provides information on media supplements and their effects on cultures.   Success stories  of commercial application of micropropagation in data palm are recounted and suggestions made  to enhance adoption of this technology.

Global Conference for Women in Agriculture - Synthesis Report

The First Global Conference on Women in Agriculture (GCWA) held in New Delhi (13-15 March
2012) was organized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the Asia-Pacific
Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), and was supported by the multistakeholder
Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) through a new mechanism “Gender
in Agriculture Partnership (GAP)”.  This publication contains a synthesis report on this important event.


Expert Consultation on Agricultural Biotechnology, Biosafety and Biosecurity - Proceedings & Recommendations

This publication contains background, messages, program of the expert consultation, proceedings and recommendations of the meeting held by APAARI in collaboration with Council of Agriculture, Chinese Taipei at Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, Taichung during October 27-28,  2011

Expert Consultation on Agricultural Biotechnology, Biosafety and Biosecurity - Abstracts

This publication includes, besides abstracts, background, messages and program of the expert consultation meeting held by APAARI in collaboration with Council of Agriculture, Chinese Taipei at Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, Taichung on 27-28 October 2011. Proceedings of the meeting will follow.

Expert Consultation Meeting on Postharvest and Value Addition of Horticultural Produce

This publication reports the proceedings of expert consultation meeting held by APAARI in collaboration with Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) in Malaysia on 29 November – 2 December 2010.  It includes details of presentations and discussion in five technical sessions, and recommendations.  Strategies and action plans proposed  to address key policy, technical and management issues on post-harvest and value of fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, herbs and medicinal plants with special reference to strengthening  linkages of farmers to markets in the Asia-Pacific region are also included.



Stakeholders Interface on GM Food Crops

This publication is the outcome of meeting organized by Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology (APCoAB) and Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS) with the support of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in New Delhi on 19th May 2011. It includes perspective on the current food needs and agricultural production in India, and recommendations of the interface.



Micropropagation for Production of Quality Banana Planting Material in Asia-Pacific

This publication describes the shoot tip culture based banana micropropagation along with other rapid multiplication  methods  like macropropagation and somatic embryogenesis.  It also provides details of common virus diseases of banana, and methods of their diagnosis and elimination.  The chapter on Prospects of Banana Micropropagation in Asia-Pacific, details some success stories of adoption of micropropagation based banana planting material at the farmer field level followed by suggestions on the way ahead to enhance its production and adoption.





Brainstorming Session on Public-Private-Partnership in Agricultural Biotechnology- Highlights and Recommendations (2005)

The publication provides summary of the proceedings and recommendations of the brainstorming session held on this topic in March 2005. The recommendations relate to policy, human resource development, capacity building and infrastructural needs for accelerating public-private partnership in agricultural biotechnology.

 


 

Commercialization of Bt Corn in the Philippines: A Status Report (2005)

The report gives a detailed account of development, regulatory testing, release, commercialization and adoption of transgenic corn in the Philippines based on R&D initiative of the national program. It also highlights the emerging issues and concerns expressed regarding field cultivation of Bt corn in the Philippines.


Bt Cotton in India- A Status Report (2006)

The report traces the events that led to commercialization of Bt cotton in India, adoption of Bt hybrids in cotton growing zones, performance of commercialized hybrids under experimental and farm managed conditions, and economic benefits realized from the adoption of Bt technology in India. Based on the experiences gained, strategies have been suggested for achieving improved pest resistance in cotton, revised protocols for large-scale field trials, and better economic benefits especially to small and marginal farmers.


Workshop on Biosafety Regulations for Transgenic Crops and the Need for Harmonizing them in the Asia-Pacific Region - Highlights & Recommendations

The publication, besides giving a summary of the workshop proceedings, provides information on biotechnology and regulatory adoption status of the participating countries, and recommendations on harmonization of regulations, capacity building, and future strategies for strengthening biosafety regulatory systems in the region.



Brainstorming Session on Models of Public-Private-Partnership in Agricultural Biotechnology- Highlights and Recommendations (2007)

This publication summarizes the proceedings of brainstorming session held on this topic by APCoAB in April 2007. Besides a general recommendation on the need to expand inter-sectoral partnerships for transferring the benefits of agricultural biotechnology to farmers and other stakeholders, the publication details specific recommendations on (i) Models of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), (ii) Policy Support to PPPs, and (iii) Capacity Building.



Tissue Culture Innovations for Production of Quality Potato Seed in Asia-Pacific Region (2007)

The publication provides detailed information on techniques of producing virus-free potato explants, their rapid multiplication using in vitro methods, and microtuber and minituber production. Methods of integrating micropropagation with conventional potato seed production are suggested. Success stories of quality potato seed production using micropropagation in some Asia-Pacific countries have been detailed.



Micropropagation for Quality Seed Production in Sugarcane in Asia and the Pacific (2008)

The publication provides step-by-step protocol for production of disease free planting material in sugarcane using meristem tip culture method. Field multiplication of in vitro seedlings aimed at reducing their cost paid by the farmers is also detailed. Success stories of in vitro sugarcane propagation in India, Australia and the Philippines are recounted.



Biosafety Regulations of Asia-Pacific Countries (2008)

The publication lists and briefly details the regulatory instruments comprising laws/acts/decrees/ regulations/rules related to biosafety of products of biotechnology for agriculture and food existing in 39 countries of Asia and the Pacific. Besides, additional chapters have been included on recent developments in agriculture biotechnology in the region, issues on biosafety, and international regulatory instruments on biosafety. A brief analysis of the present status of national biosafety regulations with respect to the Cartegena Protocol on Biosafety has also been included.


Production and Cultivation of Virus-Free Citrus Saplings for Citrus Rehabilitation in Taiwan (2008)

This publication details the methodologies for diagnosis and indexing of four important diseases of citrus: Citrus greening, Citrus tristeza, Citrus tatter leaf and Citrus exocortis. Techniques of Shoot Tip Micrografting along with establishment of pathogen-free foundation block have been provided. The final chapter deals with the health management of citrus seedlings in the field.



Expert Consultation on Agricultural Biotechnology for Promotion of Food Security in Developing Countries - Proceedings (2008)

The publication details the proceedings of Expert Consultation held in collaboration with Malaysian Agricultural Research Institute in Malaysia during 20 - 22 August 2008. It includes chapters: 1. Rationale and Objective of Expert Consultation; 2. Opening Session; 3. Session IA: Status of Agricultural Biotechnology Research and Application–Global Developments; 4. Session IB: Status of Agricultural Biotechnology Research and Application– Country Reports; 5. Session II: Technical Sessions: Biotechnology Applications; 6. Session III: Global and Regional Partnerships in Agricultural Biotechnology; 7. Session IV: Issues in Adoption and Commercialization of Agricultural Biotechnology– Panel Discussion, 8. Breakout Group Discussion and Recommendations on Addressing Issues through Country and Regional Initiatives; and 9. Session VI: Plenary Session– Group Recommendations and General Recommendations.



Bt Cotton in India- A Status Report (Second Edition) (2009)

The first Status Report on Bt Cotton in India was publised in 2006, when 40 Bt hybrids were being cultivated on an area of 1.26 million hectares. Besides tracing the development of Bt hybrids and their adoption by Indian farmers, the report highlighted issues that needed to be addressed to effectively harness the benefits that Bt technology promised. The report traces the events that led to commercialization of Bt cotton in India, adoption of Bt hybrids in cotton growing zones, performance of commercialized hybrids under experimental and farm managed conditions, and economic benefits realized from the adoption of Bt technology in India. Based on the experiences gained, strategies have been suggested for achieving improved pest resistance in cotton, revised protocols for large-scale field trials, and better economic benefits especially to small and marginal farmers.




HHB 67 Single-cross Pearl Millet Hybrid

HHB 67, released in 1990 through the All India Coordinated Pearl Millet Improvement Project (AICPMIP) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is a highly popular single-cross pearl millet hybrid grown on over 500,000 ha in Haryana and Rajasthan. ICAR in partnership with the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) adopted marker-assisted selection technology to accelerate the incorporation of additional DM resistance into the background of popular hybrid HHB 67. After three years of testing in national trials, the Haryana State Varietal Release Committee on 14 Jan 2005 approved the release of this improved version of hybrid HHB 67 for cultivation in Haryana. This hybrid, “HHB 67-Improved”, was approved by the ICAR Central Plant Variety Release Committee on 29 June 2005, and the same was released at All India level in July 2005.



Asia-Pacific Session Issue Paper entitled "Harnessing biotechnologies for food security in the Asia-Pacific Region" (2010)

Prepared by APAARI for the FAO conference "Agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries: Options and opportunities in crops, forestry, livestock, fisheries and agro-industry to face the challenges of food insecurity and climate change" (ABDC-10), being held in Guadalajara, Mexico, 1 – 4 March 2010.



Expert Consultation on Biopesticides and Biofertilizers for Sustainable Development (2010)

Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) in collaboration with the Council of Agriculture, Taipei organized an expert consultation on “Biopesticides and Biofertilizers for Sustainable Agriculture” in Taichung, Chinese Taipei from 27 to 29 October 2009.The main aim was to review the current status of research, development and use of these bioinputs in agriculture, develop better understanding on their use in the conventional production systems and develop a strategy for addressing critical issues such as policy support, quality control, regulatory management and public-private participation. The meeting evoked excellent response with seventy-two participants from 23 countries representing NARS, CG centers, other academic institutions, private sector, CSOs and farmer organizations.




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