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IFPRI Special Event: Tales of Yield Improvement

Washington, DC, USA

Dr. Morven McLean numbered among the distinguished set of experts invited to address the issue of yield growth at an IFPRI special event honoring Dr. Mark Rosegrant’s work over the last 40 years.

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Workshop on Data for Risk Assessment of Agricultural Biotechnology Products

Beijing, China

The ILSI Research Foundation planned a workshop in Beijing, China on data for risk assessment of genetically engineered plants. The workshop was supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and organized in collaboration with ILSI Focal Point in China, China Agricultural University, and the Chinese Society for Agricultural Biotechnology.

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Mechanistic Crop Modeling and Life-Cycle Assessment Modeling Workshops

Gainesville, FL, USA

Two workshops for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains project were held at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Workshop participants included scientists and extension specialists from the ILSI Research Foundation, University of Florida, University of Arkansas, Washington State University, and the World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services.

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Central Africa Consultative Meeting on Gene Drive Technology

Libreville, Gabon

The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) organized a regional consultation to examine the basic principles of environmental risk assessment and the application of this process to the use of gene drives for either population modification or population suppression in mosquito vectors of malaria. NEPAD requested that the ILSI Research Foundation assist them in setting the agenda for the scientific program.

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Can Biotechnology Save Threatened Trees?

Washington, DC, USA

Andrew Newhouse of the American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project (SUNY-ESF) visited the ILSI Research Foundation to present a seminar on using genetic engineering to allow coexistence of transgenic American chestnut trees with the blight that nearly drove the species extinct.

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Yield growth is essential for people and the planet. But what should we breed and for what should we breed under a more erratic climate, growing natural resource scarcity, and new disease threats? What is the role for better agricultural and food systems management and more adaptive institutions? Can yield growth help reduce environmental damages from agriculture, and help end hunger, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity?

ILSI Research Foundation Executive Director, Dr. Morven McLean, numbered among the distinguished set of experts invited to address the issue of yield growth at an International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) special event honoring Dr. Mark Rosegrant’s work over the last 40 years.

Learn more about the event on IFPRI's website.

Dr. Morven McLean's Presentation

Photos from the Event

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifpri/40569771624/in/album-72157667516978168/" target="blank">Photo </a>by Jamed Falik/IFPRI  | Licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/" target="blank">CC BY 2.0</a> Photo by Jamed Falik/IFPRI | Licensed under CC BY 2.0 <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifpri/40569771344/in/album-72157667516978168/" target="blank">Photo </a>by Jamed Falik/IFPRI  | Licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/" target="blank">CC BY 2.0</a> Photo by Jamed Falik/IFPRI | Licensed under CC BY 2.0

More event photos are available from IFPRI.

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The ILSI Research Foundation planned a workshop in Beijing, China on data for risk assessment of genetically engineered plants. The workshop was supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and organized in collaboration with ILSI Focal Point in China, China Agricultural University, and the Chinese Society for Agricultural Biotechnology.

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 1

Regulatory Developments and Harmonization Efforts

Tuesday, April 3, 2018  |  13:00-17:00

Welcome and Overview of the Workshop
Presenter: Dr. Junshi Chen, ILSI Focal Point in China

Overview of Biosafety Regulation in China: Data Requirements and Rationale
Presenter: Mr. Jiming Ye, Development Center for Science and Technology, China Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA)

Overview of Biosafety Regulation in the USA: Data Requirements and Rationale
Presenter: Dr. David Heron, USDA APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services, USA

Canada FSANZ Joint Review
Presenter: Dr. Janet Gorst, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), Australia

Trends in Approaches to Regulating Plant Biotechnology
Presenter: Dr. Angela Culler, Monsanto, USA

Southern Cone Harmonization Initiative
Presenter: Dr. Fernanda Antinolfi Lovato, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Brazil

Panel Discussion/Q&A
Moderator: Dr. Junshi Chen, ILSI Focal Point in China

Session 2

Food Safety Testing and Data

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 |  09:00-12:15

Review of the Major Elements of a Food Safety Data Package and Important Considerations for Harmonization
Presenter: Dr. Xianglu Han, ILSI Research Foundation, USA

Toxicology Testing in China
Presenter: Dr. Haibin Xu, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA)

Animal Feeding Studies: When to Do Them and What Do They Tell You?
Dr. Janet Gorst, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), Australia

Panel Discussion/Q&A
Moderator: Dr. Xiaoguang Yang, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC)

Session 3

Field Trial Data

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 |  13:15-17:30

Environmental Risk Assessment Under Low Exposure Scenarios
Presenter: Dr. Alan Raybould, Syngenta, Switzerland

Conducting a Confined Field Trial in China
Presenter: Dr. Baorong Luo, Fudan University, China

Japanese Experience with Confined Field Trials in Support of Regulatory Assessment
Presenter: Dr. Ryo Ohsawa, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Identifying Surrogate Environments to Meet Local Field Trial Requirements
Presenter: Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, USA

Panel Discussion/Q&A
Moderator: Dr. Min Lin, Chinese Agriculture Biotech Society

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Two workshops for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains project were held at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Workshop participants included scientists and extension specialists from the ILSI Research Foundation, University of Florida, University of Arkansas, Washington State University, and World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services.

Overview

February 21: Integration of Mechanistic Crop & LCA Modeling

One of the project's unique aspects is the integration of mechanistic crop modeling with life-cycle assessment (LCA) modeling. This day-long workshop provided an opportunity for participants from both the mechanistic crop modeling and LCA modeling teams to identify and harmonize specific data items across the models. Action items that required post workshop follow-up were identified, and a summary of workshop outcomes was prepared and shared with the full project team.

February 22: Identification of Data Sources for LCA Modeling

The development of comprehensive LCA models across entire supply chains for the project’s target crops (potatoes, tomatoes, oranges, green beans, strawberries, sweet corn, carrots, and spinach) is essential to the project. This required the identification of data sources describing all key processes throughout the various supply chains. This day-long workshop provided an opportunity for the LCA modeling team to meet with supply chain experts in person. In addition to identifying necessary data sources, other beneficial outcomes included: (1) creating broad regional awareness about the project; (2) receiving broad stakeholder input; (3) connecting with other researchers already conducting relevant work on this topic; and (4) establishing a regional stakeholder community for future engagement.

Agenda

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Overview of LCA Modeling and Data Needs from Mechanistic Crop Models
Presenters: Dr. Greg Thoma and Dr. Ranjan Parajuli

Overview of Mechanistic Crop Modeling and Outputs
Presenter: Dr. Claudio Stöckle

Overview of Mechanistic Crop Modeling and Outputs
Presenters: Dr. Senthold Asseng, Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom, and Dr. Chuang Zhao

Discussion Session: Units

Discussion Session: Can LCA Modeling Outputs be used by Mechanistic Crop Models?

Discussion Session: Next Steps

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Overview of Project
Presenter: Dr. Dave Gustafson

Presentations: Position, Background, and Expertise with Project Crops
Presenters: Extension Specialists and Unit Administrators invited by the Extension Team

General Overview of LCA Modeling and Data Needs for Crop Models
Presenters: Dr. Greg Thoma and Dr. Ranjan Parajuli

Discussion Session: How to Obtain Necessary Data
Discussion Leaders: Dr. Greg Thoma and Dr. Ranjan Parajuli

Hands-on Session: Data Transfer into LCA models

Discussion Session: Next Steps

Participants from the Project

Senthold

Dr. Senthold Asseng

University of Florida, Gainesville

Dave Gustafson

Dr. Dave Gustafson

ILSI Research Foundation

Gerrit Hoogenboom (UFL)

Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom

University of Florida, Gainesville

John

Dr. John Kruse

World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services

Kati

Dr. Kati Migliaccio

University of Florida, Gainesville

Ranjan Parajuli

Dr. Ranjan Parajuli

University of Arkansas

Washington State University

Dr. Claudio Stöckle

Washington State University

Greg

Dr. Greg Thoma

University of Arkansas

Chuang Zhao

Dr. Chuang Zhao

University of Florida, Gainesville

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Yield growth is essential for people and the planet. But what should we breed and for what should we breed under a more erratic climate, growing natural resource scarcity, and new disease threats? What is the role for better agricultural and food systems management and more adaptive institutions? Can yield growth help reduce environmental damages from agriculture, and help end hunger, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity?

ILSI Research Foundation Executive Director, Dr. Morven McLean, numbered among the distinguished set of experts invited to address the issue of yield growth at an International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) special event honoring Dr. Mark Rosegrant’s work over the last 40 years.

Learn more about the event on IFPRI's website.

Dr. Morven McLean's Presentation

Photos from the Event

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifpri/40569771624/in/album-72157667516978168/" target="blank">Photo </a>by Jamed Falik/IFPRI  | Licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/" target="blank">CC BY 2.0</a> Photo by Jamed Falik/IFPRI | Licensed under CC BY 2.0 <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifpri/40569771344/in/album-72157667516978168/" target="blank">Photo </a>by Jamed Falik/IFPRI  | Licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/" target="blank">CC BY 2.0</a> Photo by Jamed Falik/IFPRI | Licensed under CC BY 2.0

More event photos are available from IFPRI.

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