Biotechnology

UNITED KINGDOM MAY ALLOW GENE EDITING!

In the wake of Brexit, the United Kingdom is hearing from supporters and opponents of gene editing as the government considers deregulating the technology when it produces organisms that could have been achieved through conventional breeding. Commenting on the “consultation,” as it is called, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization said the …

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TURKEY; OIL SEEDS AND PRODUCTS ANNUAL

Turkey’s total production of oilseeds covered in this report (soybean, sunflowerseed and cottonseed) in MY 2021/22 is projected to increase around 18 percent to 3.1 MMT compared to MY 2020/21. This increase assumes improved yields because of adequate rain and an increase in planted area. Turkey’s sunflowerseed oil imports and …

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MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE APPROVES 3 EVENTS FOR FEED USE…

Scientific Risk Assessment Committee and Socio-Economic Evaluation Committee within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry approved 2 soybean and 1 corn gene with GMO (Genetically modified organism) for 10 years provided that they are used in animal feed. The committee revoked permits for use for 3 soybean genes that expired …

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AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY REPORTS FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, MEXICO, POLAND AND UNITED KINGDOM…

Dominican Republic: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual The Dominican Republic continues to be a strong market for U.S. bulk agricultural products (corn), intermediate goods (soybean meal), and high value consumer-oriented products (processed food products), reaching a total export value of $1.4 billion in 2019. Despite a 2015 law that explicitly states the …

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JAPAN MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE; “GENETICALLY MODIFIED TOMATO” NOT TO BE CONSIDERED GMO

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries made a statement that the “genetically modified” tomato will not be considered GMO. Japan distinguishes gene editing techniques from other genetic engineering techniques. The first example in this regard was a tomato whose genes were …

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GLOBAL AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY ANNUAL REPORTS…

Indonesia: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual This report updates the 2019 Agricultural Biotechnology Annual Report. The U.S. exported over $1.8 billion in genetically engineered (GE) products to Indonesia in 2019, including more than $860 million of soybeans. Despite completing biosafety assessments for various GE products, Indonesia has yet to finalize monitoring guidelines …

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TURKEY’S ‘BIODIVERSITY MAP’ CREATED…

Within the scope of the National Biological Diversity Inventory and Monitoring Project initiated by the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks (DKMP) Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in 2013, 13,409 plant and animal species have been identified at approximately 852,644 coordinated points. According to the information compiled from …

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ONE THIRD OF TURKISH BIOTECH ENTERPRISES ENGAGES IN AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY…

The number of enterprises carrying out activities in biotechnology reached 363 in 2019, the country’s statistical authority announced Friday. Research and development (R&D) expenditures of the enterprises in 2019 rose to around 324.5 million Turkish liras ($57.13 million), which was nearly 276 million Turkish liras ($57.2 million) in the previous …

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FIRST GMO WHEAT TO BE PRODUCED IN ARGENTINA…

BOGOTA, Colombia  Argentina has become the first country in the world to approve HB4 drought-resistant transgenic wheat by biotechnology firm Bioceres SA, the government has confirmed.   “HB4 technology provides seeds that are more tolerant to drought, minimizing production losses, improving the capacity of plants to adapt to situations of hydric …

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“THIS FACTORY WILL ENABLE TURKEY TO PREVENT ENZYMES IMPORT”

Turkey’s first domestic industrial enzymes factory was launched on Friday with an aim to produce industrial enzymes used in the production of flour and fructose syrup with the local and national facilities by focusing on food safety at the first stage. Addressing the opening ceremony, Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa …

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