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The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is dedicated to assisting India and Bangladesh in further strengthening institutional governance of biotechnology. Managed by the ILSI Research Foundation, SABP provides technical assistance to the biosafety risk assessment and research communities in India and Bangladesh, and further supports governments’ efforts to implement functional and scientifically sound regulatory processes for agricultural biotechnology.

Collaborators & Partners

USAID, USDA, IFPRI, Biotech Consortium India Limited, University of Dhaka, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (India), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Bangladesh), Department of Environment (Bangladesh) and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council

Areas of Focus

SABP works with its in-country partners to:

  • Identify and respond to technical training needs for GE food, feed and environmental safety assessment.
  • Develop a network of trained, authoritative local experts to communicate about the science of agricultural biotechnology and its biosafety to interested stakeholders.
  • Facilitate systems for permitting the safe conduct of experimental field trials of new crops developed using biotechnology so that scientists and farmers can evaluate them.

Current Activity

Presently, over 30 Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes have active research programs developing and evaluating genetically engineered (GE) plants, to address basic research questions about plant biology on through to efforts to improve productivity under the stressors of climate change.  Because ICAR is committed to compliance with biosafety regulations concerned with GE organisms, it has partnered with the South Asia Biosafety Program, managed by the ILSI Research Foundation, to initiate a pilot program in ten ICAR institutions actively working to develop new GE plants. Two individuals were selected from each of the ICAR institutions to become Institutional Biosafety Officers (IBOs) who are now working together to develop resources necessary for a functioning institutional biosafety program, including standard operating procedures, staff training materials, and processes for facility biosafety audits.

Resources

Newsletters

Find out about the work being done through the South Asia Biosafety Program by reading our monthly newsletter.

ICAR Biosafety Portal

Meet the IBOs and review resources made available through the IBO Pilot Program.

Events

5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

Bangalore, India

Join the ILSI Research Foundation at the premier biosafety meeting in South Asia. Scientists, academics, researchers and officials from industry, research institutions, universities, government departments and ministries are encouraged to attend.

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4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

Hyderabad, India

The South Asia Biosafety Conference provided an opportunity to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector in South Asia and internationally.

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PDF Presentations are now available

About Agenda Presentations Poster Session Key Dates Social Media Past SABCs About

The South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC) is the preeminent regional gathering of scientists, regulators and other stakeholders who are interested in biotechnology applications for sustainable development, environmental risk assessment, and biosafety regulation in South Asia.  This year’s conference was held at the Taj West End in Bangalore, India from September 11-13, 2017.  Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, SABC was co-organized by the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotechnology Consortium India Ltd, with cooperation from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Government of India) and other regional partners.

Agenda

September 11, 2017

Delegate Registration and Inaugural Ceremony

Welcome and Introduction to the South Asia Biosafety Program: Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Biotech Consortium India Limited, India

Connecting Innovation and Sustainable Development: The Role of Modern Biotechnology: Dr. Morven McLean, Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation, USA

Address: Dr. Amita Prasad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India

Address: Dr. Shri Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka

Keynote Address: Dr. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India

Vote of Thanks: Ms. Libby Williams, ILSI Research Foundation, USA

Plenary Session I: Regulation and Capacity Building Initiatives in South Asia

Chair: Dr. D.B.T. Wijeratne, Food and Agriculture Organization, Sri Lanka

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Bangladesh
Ms. Papia Sultana, Department of Environment, Bangladesh

Update on the Bhutanese Biosafety Regulatory System
Mr. Jambay Dorji, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Bhuta

Update on Risk Assessment of GE Plants in India
Dr. K. Veluthambi, Madurai Kamaraj University, India

Biosafety Regulations in Sri Lanka: An Update
Ms. Surani Pathirana, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Sri Lanka

The Current State of GMO Regulation in New Zealand: Recent Decisions, Changes to Regulations, and Other New Developments
Dr. Timothy Strabala, Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand

Plenary Session II: Crop Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia

Chair: Dr. R.H. Sarker, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Enhanced Performance of Sugarcane Transgenics Under Water Limited Conditions and its Biosafety Considerations
Dr. C. Appunu, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, India

In planta Transformation Following Cloning of Na+/H+ Antiporter Gene in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) to Develop Salinity Stress Tolerant Variety
Dr. Aparna Islam, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Genetic Engineering of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) for Insect Resistance
Dr. Alok Das, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, India

Hmgr1 Transgene Integrated Hevea - Future GM Rubber to the Field
Dr. Jayashree Radha, Rubber Research Institute of India

Coleus forskholii: Vegetatively Propagated Medicinal Plant for Production of Recombinant Proteins
Dr. P.H. Ramanjini Gowda, University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore, India

Lightning Round for Students and Young Researchers

Chair: Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Assessment of Impact of Genetically Engineered (GE) Mustard (Brassica juncea L.) on Honey Bees
Dr. Pranjali Vishwakarma, Biosafety Support Unit, India

Biosafety and in-situ Conservation of Wild Silk Moths in Natural Forest Ecosystem of North East India
Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Government of India

Co-expression of PgNHX1 and AVP1genes in Tomato Improves Salt Tolerance in Transgenic Tomato Plants
Dr. D. L. Savithramma, University of Agricultural Sciences, India

Development of Physically-Contained Facility for Evaluation of Genetically Engineered OX513A Aedes aegypti L. Mosquito Strain in Maharashtra, India
Dr. Prabhakargouda Patil, GBIT Limited, India

Biosafety Data Generation from the Putatively Transformed Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) Using afp Gene
Ms. Tahmina Islam, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

How Our Young Generation Perceive GM Food Crop
Dr. Aparna Islam, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Rapid Screening of hpRNAi Constructs for Imparting Plant Viral Disease Resistance by Employing Agro-Infiltration
Dr. Prasad Babu K, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, India

Standardization of Genetic Transformation Technique in Dolichos bean (Lablab pur-pureus (L.) sweet) for Pod Borer Resistance
Dr. Santosh Sawardekar, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, India

Transgenic Potato Conferring Field Resistance to Late Blight: Difficulties in Generating Food Safety Data of Pure RB Protein
Dr. Siddappa Sundaresha, Central Potato Research Institute, India

Poster Session

The poster session is sponsored by the International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR). Conference participants were encouraged to share their work with colleagues by preparing a poster for this session. All posters convey relevance to biosafety research, environmental risk assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or the regulation of GMOs– plants, animals, arthropods, or micro-organisms. First and second place prizes will be awarded for the most outstanding posters on September 13.

Opening Reception Dinner

The South Asia Biosafety Program gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the International Society for Biosafety Research for the Welcome Reception.

September 12, 2017

Plenary Session III: Soil and Plant Microbiomes

Chair: Dr. P.K. Chakrabarty, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, India

Keynote Presentation: Manipulating Soil and Root Microbiomes to Enhance Bioremediation and Reclamation of Hydrocarbon Impacted Soil Ecosystems
Dr. James Germida, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Harnessing the Power of Natural Biologicals in Agriculture
Dr. Jacob Parnell, Novozymes BioAg, United States

Use of Root Endophyte Piriformospora indica as a Plant Probiotic
Dr. Atul Kumar Johri, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Ecological Implications of "Safe" Agricultural Amendments
Dr. Shilpi Sharma, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India

Engineering an Environmentally Friendly Azotobacter Strain to Improve Nitrogen Fixation Efficiency
Dr. Jasdeep Chatrath Padaria, National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, India

Parallel Workshops

Pre-registered participants are invited to attend one of the following half day workshops:

Parallel Workshop I: Thinking Ahead: Designing Confined Field Trials to Maximize Data Transportability (Optional)
Parallel Workshop II: Best Practices for Public Sector Genetically Engineered Product Development Programs (Optional)
Parallel Workshop III: Intersection of the Cartagena Protocol and the Indian Biosafety Regulatory System (Optional)

September 13, 2017

Plenary Session IV: Synthetic Biology

Chair: Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Synthetic Biology Approaches to Improving Agricultural Yields
Dr. John Teem, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Can Synthetic Biology Lead to Synthetic Life?
Dr. Manju Bansal, Indian Institute of Science, India

Engineering a C4 Rice Prototype
Dr. HsiangChun Lin, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines

Chemical Biology to Combat Against a Parasitic Plant Striga
Dr. Yuichiro Tsuchiya, Nagoya University, Japan

Synthetic Biology in International Forums
Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Poster Session Awards

Dr. Donald MacKenzie, Treasurer, International Society of Biosafety Research

Prizes were awarded for the top two outstanding posters. First prize consisted of a two-year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $500 cash prize, and an award certificate. Second prize consisted of a two-year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $200 cash prize, and an award certificate. The winners’ names and abstracts will be posted on the South Asia Biosafety Program website, and highlighted in the South Asia Biosafety Program Newsletter.

Plenary Session V: New Applications of Biotechnology: Focus on Forestry and Biofuels

Chair: Dr. Santanu Dasgupta, Reliance Industries Limited, India

Keynote Presentation: Photosynthetic Bio-manufacturing in Green Algae; Food and Fuel for the 21st Century
Dr. Stephen Mayfield, University of California, San Diego, United States

Genetic Engineering of Algae for Higher Biofuel Value and Biosafety Issues
Dr. Shashi Kumar, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India

Environmental Risk Assessment and Biosafety of Genetically Modified Algae
Dr. Tomal Dattaroy, Reliance Industries Limited, India

An in silico Strategy for Rational Design of Insect-Specific, Multigene Targeting Chimeric hprnai Constructs to Obviate Biosafety Concerns in Transgenic Entomophilous Trees
Dr. Mathish Nambiar-Veetil, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, India

Development of Genetically Engineered Jatropha for Biofuel Production: Quest for Sustainability and Climate Resilience
Dr. Bhavanath Jha, Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India

The Radiata Pine Estate and the Regulation of GM Forestry Trees in New Zealand
Dr. Timothy Strabala, Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand

To view the full program, please visit the conference website.

Presentations

Plenary Session I: Regulation and Capacity Building Initiatives in South Asia

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Bangladesh (PDF)
Ms. Papia Sultana, Department of Environment, Bangladesh

Update on the Bhutanese Biosafety Regulatory System (PDF)
Mr. Jambay Dorji, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Bhuta

Update on Risk Assessment of GE Plants in India (PDF)
Dr. K. Veluthambi, Madurai Kamaraj University, India

Biosafety Regulations in Sri Lanka: An Update (PDF)
Ms. Surani Pathirana, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Sri Lanka

The Current State of GMO Regulation in New Zealand: Recent Decisions, Changes to Regulations, and Other New Developments (PDF)
Dr. Timothy Strabala, Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand

Plenary Session II: Crop Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia

Enhanced Performance of Sugarcane Transgenics Under Water Limited Conditions and its Biosafety Considerations (PDF)
Dr. C. Appunu, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, India

In planta Transformation Following Cloning of Na+/H+ Antiporter Gene in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) to Develop Salinity Stress Tolerant Variety (PDF)
Dr. Aparna Islam, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Genetic Engineering of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) for Insect Resistance (PDF)
Dr. Alok Das, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, India

Hmgr1 Transgene Integrated Hevea - Future GM Rubber to the Field (PDF)
Dr. Jayashree Radha, Rubber Research Institute of India

Coleus forskholii: Vegetatively Propagated Medicinal Plant for Production of Recombinant Proteins (PDF)
Dr. P.H. Ramanjini Gowda, University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore, India

Lightning Round

Assessment of Impact of Genetically Engineered (GE) Mustard (Brassica juncea L.) on Honey Bees (PDF)
Dr. Pranjali Vishwakarma, Biosafety Support Unit, India

Biosafety and in-situ Conservation of Wild Silk Moths in Natural Forest Ecosystem of North East India (PDF)
Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Government of India

Co-expression of PgNHX1 and AVP1genes in Tomato Improves Salt Tolerance in Transgenic Tomato Plants (PDF)
Dr. D. L. Savithramma, University of Agricultural Sciences, Ind

Development of Physically-Contained Facility for Evaluation of Genetically Engineered OX513A Aedes aegypti L. Mosquito Strain in Maharashtra, India (PDF)
Dr. Prabhakargouda Patil, GBIT Limited, India

Biosafety Data Generation from the Putatively Transformed Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) Using afp Gene (PDF
Ms. Tahmina Islam, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

How Our Young Generation Perceive GM Food Crop (PDF)
Dr. Aparna Islam, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Rapid Screening of hpRNAi Constructs for Imparting Plant Viral Disease Resistance by Employing Agro-Infiltration (PDF)
Dr. Prasad Babu K, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, India

Standardization of Genetic Transformation Technique in Dolichos bean (Lablab pur-pureus (L.) sweet) for Pod Borer Resistance (PDF)
Dr. Santosh Sawardekar, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, India

Transgenic Potato Conferring Field Resistance to Late Blight: Difficulties in Generating Food Safety Data of Pure RB Protein (PDF)
Dr. Sundaresha Siddappa, Central Potato Research Institute, India

Plenary Session III: Soil and Plant Microbiomes

Keynote Presentation: Manipulating Soil and Root Microbiomes to Enhance Bioremediation and Reclamation of Hydrocarbon Impacted Soil Ecosystems (PDF)
Dr. James Germida, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Use of Root Endophyte Piriformospora indica as a Plant Probiotic (PDF)
Dr. Atul Kumar Johri, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Engineering an Environmentally Friendly Azotobacter Strain to Improve Nitrogen Fixation Efficiency (PDF)
Dr. Jasdeep Chatrath Padaria, National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, India

Plenary Session IV: Synthetic Biology

Synthetic Biology Approaches to Improving Agricultural Yields (PDF)
Dr. John Teem, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Can Synthetic Biology Lead to Synthetic Life? (PDF)
Dr. Manju Bansal, Indian Institute of Science, India

Engineering a C4 Rice Prototype (PDF)
Dr. HsiangChun Lin, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines

Chemical Biology to Combat Against a Parasitic Plant Striga (PDF)
Dr. Yuichiro Tsuchiya, Nagoya University, Japan

Synthetic Biology in International Forums (PDF)
Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Plenary Session V: New Applications of Biotechnology: Focus on Forestry and Biofuels

Keynote Presentation: Photosynthetic Bio-manufacturing in Green Algae; Food and Fuel for the 21st Century (PDF)
Dr. Stephen Mayfield, University of California, San Diego, United States

Genetic Engineering of Algae for Higher Biofuel Value and Biosafety Issues (PDF)
Dr. Shashi Kumar, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India

Environmental Risk Assessment and Biosafety of Genetically Modified Algae (PDF)
Dr. Tomal Dattaroy, Reliance Industries Limited, India

Development of Genetically Engineered Jatropha for Biofuel Production: Quest for Sustainability and Climate Resilience (PDF)
Dr. Bhavanath Jha, Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India

The Radiata Pine Estate and the Regulation of GM Forestry Trees in New Zealand (PDF)
Dr. Timothy Strabala, Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand

Poster Session

The 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference Poster Program provided an opportunity for individuals to share their research, findings and achievements with colleagues at the conference.

Presenting a poster was a noteworthy way to share expertise or accomplishment, and poster presenters had dedicated time to present and discuss their work with the diverse group of attendees. All posters conveyed relevance to biosafety research, environmental risk assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or the regulation of GMOs– plants, animals, arthropods, or micro-organisms.

Poster Session Prizes

All posters accepted into the poster session were eligible for the Poster Competition, and two prizes were awarded.

The first place prize was awarded to Mr. Siddappa Sundaresha for his poster Transgenic Potato Conferring Field Resistance to Late Blight Difficulties in Generating Food Safety Data of Pure RB Protein. First prize consisted of a USD $500 cash prize, a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research (ISBR), and an award certificate. ISBR aims to promote scientifically sound research that supports biosafety assessment by improving communication among scientists who study plants, animals, and microbes with new characteristics due to altered DNA and produced using modern biotechnology.

The second place prize was awarded to Mr. Michael Chhandama for his poster Estimation of Lipid Content from Stress Induced Microalgae for Biodiesel Production. Second prize consisted of a USD $200 cash prize, a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, and an award certificate.

Evaluation and Judging

Posters were evaluated as follows:

  1. Abstract (10%): Clarity and correlation with poster.
  2. Scientific content (70%): Introduction and background with literature cited, objectives, materials and methods, results and discussion, and significance to field. The quality of the research presented will be judged on its scientific rigor and significance as conveyed by the poster. Each poster must be self-explanatory. Judges may discuss the poster with its presenter but this will not be considered in the evaluation of the display.
  3. Poster Display (20%): Posters will be judged on organization, effective use of space, legibility, grammar and spelling, and effective use of graphics.

Each poster display is judged independently by four judges.

Key Dates

April 3, 2017

Registration and abstract submission open

July 15, 2017

Deadline for oral presentation abstract submissions

August 1, 2017

Deadline for poster session abstract submissions

September 1, 2017

Registration is closed

September 11-13, 2017

The 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference will be held at the Taj West End, Bangalore, India

Social Media

Join the conversation!

Follow along to @ILSIRF on Twitter for updates. #SABC2017 is the preferred hashtag for the 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference.

Past SABCs

View the presentations from the previous South Asia Biosafety Conferences by clicking on the links below:

4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference 2016
Hyderabad, India

3rd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference 2015
Dhaka, Bangladesh

2nd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference 2014
Colombo, Sri Lanka

1st Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference 2013
New Delhi, India

Congratulations to 1st Place
Poster Winner Siddappa Sundaresha!

Congratulations to Siddappa Sundaresha for his poster Transgenic Potato Conferring Field Resistance to Late Blight Difficulties in Generating Food Safety Data of Pure RB Protein winning first prize and receiving a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $500 cash prize, and an award certificate.

Congratulations to Michael Chhandama
for winning 2nd Place in the Poster Competition!

Congratulations to second place winner, Michael Chhandama for his poster on Estimation of Lipid Content from Stress Induced Microalgae for Biodiesel Production. He received a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $200 cash prize, and an award certificate.

Who Should Attend? 

The South Asia Biosafety Conference is open to all scientists, academics, researchers and officials from industry, research institutions, universities, government departments and ministries.

What was new this year?

This year's program featured sessions on Soil and Plant Microbiomes; New Applications of Biotechnology: Focus on Forestry and Biofuels; Designing Confined Field Trials to Maximize Data Transportability; Best Practices for Public Sector Genetically Engineered Product Development Programs; the Intersection of the Cartagena Protocol and the Indian Biosafety Regulatory System. This year also included a lightning round for students and young scientists as well as three optional half day workshops.

Speakers

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Appunu

Dr. C. Appunu

ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute

ILSI Research Foundation - SABC 2017 Speaker: Bansal, M.

Dr. Manju Bansal

Indian Institute of Science, India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Das

Dr. Alok Das

ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Dattaroy

Dr. Tomal Dattaroy

Reliance Industries Limited, India

ILSI Research Foundation Mr. Dorji

Mr. Jambay Dorji

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Bhutan

ILSI Research Foundaiton Dr. Germida

Dr. James Germida

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Islam

Dr. Aparna Islam

BRAC University, Bangladesh

Jha, B. Photo

Dr. Bhavanath Jha

Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Shashi Kumar

Dr. Shashi Kumar

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Kumar

Dr. Atul Kumar Johri

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Lin

Dr. HsiangChun Lin

International Rice Research Institute, Philippines

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Mayfield

Dr. Stephen Mayfield

University of California, San Diego, United States

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Nambiar-Veetil

Dr. Mathish Nambiar-Veetil

Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, India

ILSI Research Foundation - SABC 2017 Speaker: Padaria, J. C.

Dr. Jasdeep Chatrath Padaria

National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Parnell

Dr. Jacob Parnell

Novozymes BioAg, United States

ILSI Research Foundation SABC Dr. Pathirana

Ms. Surani Pathirana

Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Sri Lanka

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Radha

Dr. Jayashree Radha

Rubber Research Institute of India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Gowda

P.H. Ramanjini Gowda

University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore, India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Roberts

Dr. Andrew Roberts

ILSI Research Foundation, United States

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Sharma

Dr. Shilpa Sharma

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Strabala

Dr. Timothy Strabala

Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand

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Dr. John Teem

ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Tsuchiya, Y. Photo Unofficial

Dr. Yuichiro Tsuchiya

Nagoya University, Japan

Veluthambi, K.

Dr. K. Veluthambi

Madurai Kamaraj University, India

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Presentations Now Available

About Agenda Presentations Program Poster Session Press Release Social Media About

The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), the ILSI Research Foundation and the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) organized the 4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference in Hyderabad, India from September 19-21, 2016. This conference provided an opportunity to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector in South Asia and internationally. The conference was held at the Taj Krishna, Road Number 1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500034, India. 

To view the conference document from the 4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference, click here

Agenda

To view the full agenda, please visit the conference website.

Plenary Session 1: Regulation of Biotechnology in South Asia

Strengthening Environmental Risk Assessment in Indian Biosafety Regulations
Dr. K. Veluthambi, Madurai Kamaraj University, India

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Bangladesh
Mr. Mohammed Solaiman Haider Department of Environment, Bangladesh

Update on Biosafety Regulatory Framework in Bhutan
Mr. Jamyang Phuntsho, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Bhutan

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Pakistan
Dr. Kauser Abdulla Malik, Forman Christian College, Pakistan

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Sri Lanka
Ms. Himali De Costa, Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment, Sri Lanka

There and Back Again: Reversal by the Supreme Court on the Constitutionality of GM Crop Regulations
and the New Challenge to the Philippine Biosafety System
Mr. Abraham Manolo, Biotech Coalition of the Philippines

Parallel Session 1: Biotechnology Research and Development in South Asia

Nematode Resistant GM Crops Based on RNAi - Research and Regulation
Dr. Uma Rao, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), India

Experiences for Approval of Bt Brinjal in Bangladesh
Dr. G.P. Das, Feed the Future South Asia Eggplant Improvement Partnership, Bangladesh

Recent Advances in Breeding Golden Rice in Bangladesh
Dr. Partha Biswas, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Bangladesh

Potato Transgenics in India: Status and the Way Forward
Dr. S.K. Chakrabarti, Central Potato Research Institute, India

Parallel Session 2: Research Efforts to Address Climate Change

National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture
Dr. Srinivasa Rao, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), India

Developing Plant Resources for Stress Tolerant Molecular Breeding in Rice
Dr. Zeba Seraj, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Transgenic Strategies for Enhanced Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Grain Legumes: Retrospect and Prospects
Dr. Pooja Bhatnagar, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India

Water Efficient Maize for Africa
Dr. Sylvester Oikeh, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Kenya

Plenary Session 2: New Technologies in Genetically Engineered Development

Introduction to New Technologies
Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

CRISPR/ CAS 9
Dr. Amitabh Mohanty, DuPont Pioneer, India

Biosafety Considerations for the Use of Gene Drives in Anopheles gambiae for Malaria Control
Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Genetic Biocontrol for Snails Utilizing a Cas9-Mediated Gene Drive
Dr. John Teem, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Plant Breeding Innovation: Towards Consistent Global Policy
Dr. Usha Barwale Zehr, Mahyco, India and Chair, Breeders Committee, International Seed Federation, India

Plenary Session 3: Meeting Regulatory Challenges and Approaches to Regulatory Support

South Africa’s Evolving Biosafety Regulatory System
Dr. Hennie Groenewald, Biosafety South Africa, South Africa

India’s Regulatory Framework: Evolution and Reforms
Dr. S.R. Rao, Department of Biotechnology, India

Biosafety Regulatory Framework in Kenya: Challenges and Approaches
Dr. Willy Tonui, National Biosafety Authority, Kenya

Guidance for the Biosafety Regulatory Process in Bangladesh
Ms. Khorsheda Yasmeen, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh

Regulatory Challenges for Small Companies
Dr. Keith Redenbaugh, Arcadia Biosciences, United States

Addressing Regulatory Challenges in a Federated System: An Australian Plant Science Industry Perspective
Mr. Osman Mewett, CropLife Australia, Australia

Plenary Session 4: Dossier Preparation: Planning and Generation of Regulatory Data

Regulatory Data Generation, Analysis, and Interpretation
Dr. Donald MacKenzie, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

Writing Regulatory Dossiers: Good Reports, Good Dossiers, Good Stories
Dr. Monica Garcia-Alonso, Estel Consult, United Kingdom

Development of a Genetically Engineered Virus Resistant Fruit Tree - From Concept to Product Release
Dr. Ralph Scorza, United States Department of Agriculture (Retired), United States

Testing of GE Silk Moths: Challenges in Interpreting Regulatory Requirements
Dr. P.J. Raju, Andhra Pradesh State Sericulture Research and Development Institute, India
Dr. V. Satyavathi, Centre of Excellence for Genetics and Genomics of Silkmoths, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and
Diagnostics, India

Building Support for our Science: Four Keys to Successful Stakeholder Engagement & Communication
Ms. Jill Kuehnert, Seed Stories, United States

Presentations

Plenary Session 1: Regulation of Biotechnology in South Asia

Strengthening Environmental Risk Assessment in Indian Biosafety Regulations (presentation)
Dr. K. Veluthambi, Madurai Kamaraj University, India

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Bangladesh (presentation)
Mr. Mohammed Solaiman Haider Department of Environment, Bangladesh

Update on Biosafety Regulatory Framework in Bhutan (presentation)
Mr. Jamyang Phuntsho, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Bhutan

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Sri Lanka (presentation)
Ms. Himali De Costa, Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment, Sri Lanka

Parallel Session 1: Biotechnology Research and Development in South Asia

Recent Advances in Breeding Golden Rice in Bangladesh (presentation)
Dr. Partha Biswas, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Bangladesh

Parallel Session 2: Research Efforts to Address Climate Change

National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (presentation)
Dr. Srinivasa Rao, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), India

Developing Plant Resources for Stress Tolerant Molecular Breeding in Rice (presentation
Dr. Zeba Seraj, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Plenary Session 2: New Technologies in Genetically Engineered Development

Biosafety Considerations for the Use of Gene Drives in Anopheles gambiae for Malaria Control (presentation
Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Genetic Biocontrol for Snails Utilizing a Cas9-Mediated Gene Drive (presentation)
Dr. John Teem, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Plenary Session 3: Meeting Regulatory Challenges and Approaches to Regulatory Support

South Africa’s Evolving Biosafety Regulatory System (presentation)
Dr. Hennie Groenewald, Biosafety South Africa, South Africa

Biosafety Regulatory Framework in Kenya: Challenges and Approaches (presentation)
Dr. Willy Tonui, National Biosafety Authority, Kenya

Guidance for the Biosafety Regulatory Process in Bangladesh
Ms. Khorsheda Yasmeen, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh (presentation)

Regulatory Challenges for Small Companies (presentation)
Dr. Keith Redenbaugh, Arcadia Biosciences, United States

Plenary Session 4: Dossier Preparation: Planning and Generation of Regulatory Data

Regulatory Data Generation, Analysis, and Interpretation (presentation)
Dr. Donald MacKenzie, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

Writing Regulatory Dossiers: Good Reports, Good Dossiers, Good Stories (presentation)
Dr. Monica Garcia-Alonso, Estel Consult, United Kingdom

Development of a Genetically Engineered Virus Resistant Fruit Tree - From Concept to Product Release (presentation)
Dr. Ralph Scorza, United States Department of Agriculture (Retired), United States

Building Support for our Science: Four Keys to Successful Stakeholder Engagement & Communication (presentation)
Ms. Jill Kuehnert, Seed Stories, United States

Program

This conference featured sessions on:

  • Regulation of Biotechnology in South Asia
  • Research and Development in South Asia
  • Research Efforts to Address Climate Change
  • New Technologies in GE Development
  • Meeting Regulatory Challenges and Approaches to Regulatory Support
  • Dossier Preparation: Planning and Generation of Regulatory Data
  • Poster Session
  • Facility Visits

To view the full agenda, please visit the conference website.

Poster Session

The 4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference Poster Program provided an opportunity for individuals to share their research, findings and achievements with colleagues at the conference. Presenting a poster is a noteworthy way to share expertise or accomplishment. Poster presenters had dedicated time to present and discuss their work with the diverse group of conference attendees.

First Place Winner

The first place winner is: Lourdes D. Taylo, Joseph C. Banasihan and Desiree M. Hautea for their poster on “Baseline Susceptibility to Bt Cry1Ac Protein of Eggplant Fruit and Shoot Borer (EFSB), Leucinodes orbonalis Guenée (Lepidoptera:Crambidae) in the Philippines.”

The first place winner will be sponsored to participate in the 14th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (ISBGMO), to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2017. ISBGMO is a biennial, international meeting organized by the International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR), which offers a unique opportunity to share information and experiences as well as engage in open and meaningful dialogue on biosafety research, risk analysis, policy and regulatory matters. This 1st place prize includes:

  • Economy class airfare to Guadalajara
  • Standard hotel accommodations during the ISBGMO
  • Per diem allowances in an amount to be determined by SABC
  • Payment of the winner’s ISBGMO registration fee
  • A two-year membership to ISBR

Second Place Winner

The second place winner is: Mark Gabriel S. Sagarbarria, Joane Rachel C. Mosico, John Carlo M. Marasigan, Lourdes D. Taylo and Desiree M. Hautea for their poster on “Mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I (COI) DNA Sequence and Morphometric Traits of Eggplant Fruit and Shoot Borer, Leucinodes orbonalis Guenée (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in Southern Luzon, Philippines.”

The second place winner of this competition received a USD $100 cash prize and a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research. The International Society for Biosafety Research, ISBR, aims to promote scientifically sound research that supports biosafety assessment by improving communication among scientists who study plants, animals, and microbes with new characteristics due to altered DNA and produced using modern biotechnology.

 

 

Press Release

Experts from 13 Nations Discuss Biosafety Regulations

"The prominent government and non government organizations came together to discuss biotechnology, environmental risk assessment and biosafety regulation at South Asia Biosafety Conference at Hyderabad."

By BioVoice News Desk published on September 21, 2016 View the news release on the BioVoice website here.  Social Media

Follow along to @CERA_ILSI on Twitter for updates. #SABC2016 is the preferred hashtag for the 4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference.

Speakers

SABP2016 Speaker Barwale Zehr

Dr. Barwale Zehr

Mahyco, India

Chakrabarti, SK

Dr. Chakrabarti

Central Potato Research Institute, India

Bergvinson, David

Dr. Bergvinson

ICRISAT, India

Das_GP

Dr. Das

Feed the Future South Asia Eggplant Improvement Partnership, Bangladesh

Bhatnagar-Mathur, Pooja

Dr. Bhatnagar-Mathur

ICRISAT, India

de Costa, Himali

Ms. De Costa

Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment, Sri Lanka

Biswas, Partha

Dr. Biswas

BRRI, Bangladesh

Garcia-Alonso, Monica

Dr. Garcia-Alonso

Estel Consult, United Kingdom

Goenewald, Hennie

Dr. Groenewald

Biosafety South Africa, South Africa

Haider, Mohammed Solaiman

Mr. Haider

Department of Environment, Bangladesh

Family portraits

Ms. Kuehnert

Seed Stories, United States

MacKenzie, Don

Dr. MacKenzie

International Rice Research Institute, Philippines,

Manalo, Abraham

Mr. Manalo

Biotech Coalition of the Philippines, Philippines

Mewett, Osman

Mr. Mewett

CropLife Australia, Australia

Raju, PJ

Dr. Raju

Andhra Pradesh State Sericulture Research and Development Institute, India

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Dr. Srinivasa Rao

Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, India

Scorza, Ralph

Dr. Scorza

United States Department of Agriculture (Retired), United States

Redenbaugh,Keith

Dr. Redenbaugh

Arcadia Biosciences, United States

Roberts, Andrew

Dr. Roberts

ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Satyavathi, VV

Dr. Satyavathi

Centre of Excellence for Genetics and Genomics of Silkmoths, India

Seraj, Zeba

Dr. Seraj

University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Teem, John

Dr. Teem

ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Tonui, Willy

Dr. Tonui

National Biosafety Authority, Kenya

Veluthambi, K.

Dr. Veluthambi

Madurai Kamaraj University, India

Yasmeen, Khorsheda

Ms. Yasmeen

Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh

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PDF Presentations are now available

About Agenda Presentations Poster Session Key Dates Social Media Past SABCs About

The South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC) is the preeminent regional gathering of scientists, regulators and other stakeholders who are interested in biotechnology applications for sustainable development, environmental risk assessment, and biosafety regulation in South Asia.  This year’s conference was held at the Taj West End in Bangalore, India from September 11-13, 2017.  Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, SABC was co-organized by the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotechnology Consortium India Ltd, with cooperation from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Government of India) and other regional partners.

Agenda

September 11, 2017

Delegate Registration and Inaugural Ceremony

Welcome and Introduction to the South Asia Biosafety Program: Dr. Vibha Ahuja, Biotech Consortium India Limited, India

Connecting Innovation and Sustainable Development: The Role of Modern Biotechnology: Dr. Morven McLean, Executive Director, ILSI Research Foundation, USA

Address: Dr. Amita Prasad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India

Address: Dr. Shri Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka

Keynote Address: Dr. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India

Vote of Thanks: Ms. Libby Williams, ILSI Research Foundation, USA

Plenary Session I: Regulation and Capacity Building Initiatives in South Asia

Chair: Dr. D.B.T. Wijeratne, Food and Agriculture Organization, Sri Lanka

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Bangladesh
Ms. Papia Sultana, Department of Environment, Bangladesh

Update on the Bhutanese Biosafety Regulatory System
Mr. Jambay Dorji, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Bhuta

Update on Risk Assessment of GE Plants in India
Dr. K. Veluthambi, Madurai Kamaraj University, India

Biosafety Regulations in Sri Lanka: An Update
Ms. Surani Pathirana, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Sri Lanka

The Current State of GMO Regulation in New Zealand: Recent Decisions, Changes to Regulations, and Other New Developments
Dr. Timothy Strabala, Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand

Plenary Session II: Crop Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia

Chair: Dr. R.H. Sarker, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Enhanced Performance of Sugarcane Transgenics Under Water Limited Conditions and its Biosafety Considerations
Dr. C. Appunu, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, India

In planta Transformation Following Cloning of Na+/H+ Antiporter Gene in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) to Develop Salinity Stress Tolerant Variety
Dr. Aparna Islam, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Genetic Engineering of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) for Insect Resistance
Dr. Alok Das, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, India

Hmgr1 Transgene Integrated Hevea - Future GM Rubber to the Field
Dr. Jayashree Radha, Rubber Research Institute of India

Coleus forskholii: Vegetatively Propagated Medicinal Plant for Production of Recombinant Proteins
Dr. P.H. Ramanjini Gowda, University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore, India

Lightning Round for Students and Young Researchers

Chair: Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Assessment of Impact of Genetically Engineered (GE) Mustard (Brassica juncea L.) on Honey Bees
Dr. Pranjali Vishwakarma, Biosafety Support Unit, India

Biosafety and in-situ Conservation of Wild Silk Moths in Natural Forest Ecosystem of North East India
Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Government of India

Co-expression of PgNHX1 and AVP1genes in Tomato Improves Salt Tolerance in Transgenic Tomato Plants
Dr. D. L. Savithramma, University of Agricultural Sciences, India

Development of Physically-Contained Facility for Evaluation of Genetically Engineered OX513A Aedes aegypti L. Mosquito Strain in Maharashtra, India
Dr. Prabhakargouda Patil, GBIT Limited, India

Biosafety Data Generation from the Putatively Transformed Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) Using afp Gene
Ms. Tahmina Islam, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

How Our Young Generation Perceive GM Food Crop
Dr. Aparna Islam, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Rapid Screening of hpRNAi Constructs for Imparting Plant Viral Disease Resistance by Employing Agro-Infiltration
Dr. Prasad Babu K, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, India

Standardization of Genetic Transformation Technique in Dolichos bean (Lablab pur-pureus (L.) sweet) for Pod Borer Resistance
Dr. Santosh Sawardekar, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, India

Transgenic Potato Conferring Field Resistance to Late Blight: Difficulties in Generating Food Safety Data of Pure RB Protein
Dr. Siddappa Sundaresha, Central Potato Research Institute, India

Poster Session

The poster session is sponsored by the International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR). Conference participants were encouraged to share their work with colleagues by preparing a poster for this session. All posters convey relevance to biosafety research, environmental risk assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or the regulation of GMOs– plants, animals, arthropods, or micro-organisms. First and second place prizes will be awarded for the most outstanding posters on September 13.

Opening Reception Dinner

The South Asia Biosafety Program gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the International Society for Biosafety Research for the Welcome Reception.

September 12, 2017

Plenary Session III: Soil and Plant Microbiomes

Chair: Dr. P.K. Chakrabarty, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, India

Keynote Presentation: Manipulating Soil and Root Microbiomes to Enhance Bioremediation and Reclamation of Hydrocarbon Impacted Soil Ecosystems
Dr. James Germida, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Harnessing the Power of Natural Biologicals in Agriculture
Dr. Jacob Parnell, Novozymes BioAg, United States

Use of Root Endophyte Piriformospora indica as a Plant Probiotic
Dr. Atul Kumar Johri, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Ecological Implications of "Safe" Agricultural Amendments
Dr. Shilpi Sharma, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India

Engineering an Environmentally Friendly Azotobacter Strain to Improve Nitrogen Fixation Efficiency
Dr. Jasdeep Chatrath Padaria, National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, India

Parallel Workshops

Pre-registered participants are invited to attend one of the following half day workshops:

Parallel Workshop I: Thinking Ahead: Designing Confined Field Trials to Maximize Data Transportability (Optional)
Parallel Workshop II: Best Practices for Public Sector Genetically Engineered Product Development Programs (Optional)
Parallel Workshop III: Intersection of the Cartagena Protocol and the Indian Biosafety Regulatory System (Optional)

September 13, 2017

Plenary Session IV: Synthetic Biology

Chair: Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Synthetic Biology Approaches to Improving Agricultural Yields
Dr. John Teem, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Can Synthetic Biology Lead to Synthetic Life?
Dr. Manju Bansal, Indian Institute of Science, India

Engineering a C4 Rice Prototype
Dr. HsiangChun Lin, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines

Chemical Biology to Combat Against a Parasitic Plant Striga
Dr. Yuichiro Tsuchiya, Nagoya University, Japan

Synthetic Biology in International Forums
Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Poster Session Awards

Dr. Donald MacKenzie, Treasurer, International Society of Biosafety Research

Prizes were awarded for the top two outstanding posters. First prize consisted of a two-year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $500 cash prize, and an award certificate. Second prize consisted of a two-year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $200 cash prize, and an award certificate. The winners’ names and abstracts will be posted on the South Asia Biosafety Program website, and highlighted in the South Asia Biosafety Program Newsletter.

Plenary Session V: New Applications of Biotechnology: Focus on Forestry and Biofuels

Chair: Dr. Santanu Dasgupta, Reliance Industries Limited, India

Keynote Presentation: Photosynthetic Bio-manufacturing in Green Algae; Food and Fuel for the 21st Century
Dr. Stephen Mayfield, University of California, San Diego, United States

Genetic Engineering of Algae for Higher Biofuel Value and Biosafety Issues
Dr. Shashi Kumar, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India

Environmental Risk Assessment and Biosafety of Genetically Modified Algae
Dr. Tomal Dattaroy, Reliance Industries Limited, India

An in silico Strategy for Rational Design of Insect-Specific, Multigene Targeting Chimeric hprnai Constructs to Obviate Biosafety Concerns in Transgenic Entomophilous Trees
Dr. Mathish Nambiar-Veetil, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, India

Development of Genetically Engineered Jatropha for Biofuel Production: Quest for Sustainability and Climate Resilience
Dr. Bhavanath Jha, Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India

The Radiata Pine Estate and the Regulation of GM Forestry Trees in New Zealand
Dr. Timothy Strabala, Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand

To view the full program, please visit the conference website.

Presentations

Plenary Session I: Regulation and Capacity Building Initiatives in South Asia

Update on Biosafety Regulation in Bangladesh (PDF)
Ms. Papia Sultana, Department of Environment, Bangladesh

Update on the Bhutanese Biosafety Regulatory System (PDF)
Mr. Jambay Dorji, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Bhuta

Update on Risk Assessment of GE Plants in India (PDF)
Dr. K. Veluthambi, Madurai Kamaraj University, India

Biosafety Regulations in Sri Lanka: An Update (PDF)
Ms. Surani Pathirana, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Sri Lanka

The Current State of GMO Regulation in New Zealand: Recent Decisions, Changes to Regulations, and Other New Developments (PDF)
Dr. Timothy Strabala, Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand

Plenary Session II: Crop Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia

Enhanced Performance of Sugarcane Transgenics Under Water Limited Conditions and its Biosafety Considerations (PDF)
Dr. C. Appunu, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, India

In planta Transformation Following Cloning of Na+/H+ Antiporter Gene in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) to Develop Salinity Stress Tolerant Variety (PDF)
Dr. Aparna Islam, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Genetic Engineering of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) for Insect Resistance (PDF)
Dr. Alok Das, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, India

Hmgr1 Transgene Integrated Hevea - Future GM Rubber to the Field (PDF)
Dr. Jayashree Radha, Rubber Research Institute of India

Coleus forskholii: Vegetatively Propagated Medicinal Plant for Production of Recombinant Proteins (PDF)
Dr. P.H. Ramanjini Gowda, University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore, India

Lightning Round

Assessment of Impact of Genetically Engineered (GE) Mustard (Brassica juncea L.) on Honey Bees (PDF)
Dr. Pranjali Vishwakarma, Biosafety Support Unit, India

Biosafety and in-situ Conservation of Wild Silk Moths in Natural Forest Ecosystem of North East India (PDF)
Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Government of India

Co-expression of PgNHX1 and AVP1genes in Tomato Improves Salt Tolerance in Transgenic Tomato Plants (PDF)
Dr. D. L. Savithramma, University of Agricultural Sciences, Ind

Development of Physically-Contained Facility for Evaluation of Genetically Engineered OX513A Aedes aegypti L. Mosquito Strain in Maharashtra, India (PDF)
Dr. Prabhakargouda Patil, GBIT Limited, India

Biosafety Data Generation from the Putatively Transformed Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) Using afp Gene (PDF
Ms. Tahmina Islam, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

How Our Young Generation Perceive GM Food Crop (PDF)
Dr. Aparna Islam, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Rapid Screening of hpRNAi Constructs for Imparting Plant Viral Disease Resistance by Employing Agro-Infiltration (PDF)
Dr. Prasad Babu K, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, India

Standardization of Genetic Transformation Technique in Dolichos bean (Lablab pur-pureus (L.) sweet) for Pod Borer Resistance (PDF)
Dr. Santosh Sawardekar, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, India

Transgenic Potato Conferring Field Resistance to Late Blight: Difficulties in Generating Food Safety Data of Pure RB Protein (PDF)
Dr. Sundaresha Siddappa, Central Potato Research Institute, India

Plenary Session III: Soil and Plant Microbiomes

Keynote Presentation: Manipulating Soil and Root Microbiomes to Enhance Bioremediation and Reclamation of Hydrocarbon Impacted Soil Ecosystems (PDF)
Dr. James Germida, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Use of Root Endophyte Piriformospora indica as a Plant Probiotic (PDF)
Dr. Atul Kumar Johri, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Engineering an Environmentally Friendly Azotobacter Strain to Improve Nitrogen Fixation Efficiency (PDF)
Dr. Jasdeep Chatrath Padaria, National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, India

Plenary Session IV: Synthetic Biology

Synthetic Biology Approaches to Improving Agricultural Yields (PDF)
Dr. John Teem, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Can Synthetic Biology Lead to Synthetic Life? (PDF)
Dr. Manju Bansal, Indian Institute of Science, India

Engineering a C4 Rice Prototype (PDF)
Dr. HsiangChun Lin, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines

Chemical Biology to Combat Against a Parasitic Plant Striga (PDF)
Dr. Yuichiro Tsuchiya, Nagoya University, Japan

Synthetic Biology in International Forums (PDF)
Dr. Andrew Roberts, ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Plenary Session V: New Applications of Biotechnology: Focus on Forestry and Biofuels

Keynote Presentation: Photosynthetic Bio-manufacturing in Green Algae; Food and Fuel for the 21st Century (PDF)
Dr. Stephen Mayfield, University of California, San Diego, United States

Genetic Engineering of Algae for Higher Biofuel Value and Biosafety Issues (PDF)
Dr. Shashi Kumar, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India

Environmental Risk Assessment and Biosafety of Genetically Modified Algae (PDF)
Dr. Tomal Dattaroy, Reliance Industries Limited, India

Development of Genetically Engineered Jatropha for Biofuel Production: Quest for Sustainability and Climate Resilience (PDF)
Dr. Bhavanath Jha, Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India

The Radiata Pine Estate and the Regulation of GM Forestry Trees in New Zealand (PDF)
Dr. Timothy Strabala, Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand

Poster Session

The 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference Poster Program provided an opportunity for individuals to share their research, findings and achievements with colleagues at the conference.

Presenting a poster was a noteworthy way to share expertise or accomplishment, and poster presenters had dedicated time to present and discuss their work with the diverse group of attendees. All posters conveyed relevance to biosafety research, environmental risk assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or the regulation of GMOs– plants, animals, arthropods, or micro-organisms.

Poster Session Prizes

All posters accepted into the poster session were eligible for the Poster Competition, and two prizes were awarded.

The first place prize was awarded to Mr. Siddappa Sundaresha for his poster Transgenic Potato Conferring Field Resistance to Late Blight Difficulties in Generating Food Safety Data of Pure RB Protein. First prize consisted of a USD $500 cash prize, a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research (ISBR), and an award certificate. ISBR aims to promote scientifically sound research that supports biosafety assessment by improving communication among scientists who study plants, animals, and microbes with new characteristics due to altered DNA and produced using modern biotechnology.

The second place prize was awarded to Mr. Michael Chhandama for his poster Estimation of Lipid Content from Stress Induced Microalgae for Biodiesel Production. Second prize consisted of a USD $200 cash prize, a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, and an award certificate.

Evaluation and Judging

Posters were evaluated as follows:

  1. Abstract (10%): Clarity and correlation with poster.
  2. Scientific content (70%): Introduction and background with literature cited, objectives, materials and methods, results and discussion, and significance to field. The quality of the research presented will be judged on its scientific rigor and significance as conveyed by the poster. Each poster must be self-explanatory. Judges may discuss the poster with its presenter but this will not be considered in the evaluation of the display.
  3. Poster Display (20%): Posters will be judged on organization, effective use of space, legibility, grammar and spelling, and effective use of graphics.

Each poster display is judged independently by four judges.

Key Dates

April 3, 2017

Registration and abstract submission open

July 15, 2017

Deadline for oral presentation abstract submissions

August 1, 2017

Deadline for poster session abstract submissions

September 1, 2017

Registration is closed

September 11-13, 2017

The 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference will be held at the Taj West End, Bangalore, India

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Past SABCs

View the presentations from the previous South Asia Biosafety Conferences by clicking on the links below:

4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference 2016
Hyderabad, India

3rd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference 2015
Dhaka, Bangladesh

2nd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference 2014
Colombo, Sri Lanka

1st Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference 2013
New Delhi, India

Congratulations to 1st Place
Poster Winner Siddappa Sundaresha!

Congratulations to Siddappa Sundaresha for his poster Transgenic Potato Conferring Field Resistance to Late Blight Difficulties in Generating Food Safety Data of Pure RB Protein winning first prize and receiving a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $500 cash prize, and an award certificate.

Congratulations to Michael Chhandama
for winning 2nd Place in the Poster Competition!

Congratulations to second place winner, Michael Chhandama for his poster on Estimation of Lipid Content from Stress Induced Microalgae for Biodiesel Production. He received a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $200 cash prize, and an award certificate.

Who Should Attend? 

The South Asia Biosafety Conference is open to all scientists, academics, researchers and officials from industry, research institutions, universities, government departments and ministries.

What was new this year?

This year's program featured sessions on Soil and Plant Microbiomes; New Applications of Biotechnology: Focus on Forestry and Biofuels; Designing Confined Field Trials to Maximize Data Transportability; Best Practices for Public Sector Genetically Engineered Product Development Programs; the Intersection of the Cartagena Protocol and the Indian Biosafety Regulatory System. This year also included a lightning round for students and young scientists as well as three optional half day workshops.

Speakers

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Appunu

Dr. C. Appunu

ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute

ILSI Research Foundation - SABC 2017 Speaker: Bansal, M.

Dr. Manju Bansal

Indian Institute of Science, India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Das

Dr. Alok Das

ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Dattaroy

Dr. Tomal Dattaroy

Reliance Industries Limited, India

ILSI Research Foundation Mr. Dorji

Mr. Jambay Dorji

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Bhutan

ILSI Research Foundaiton Dr. Germida

Dr. James Germida

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Islam

Dr. Aparna Islam

BRAC University, Bangladesh

Jha, B. Photo

Dr. Bhavanath Jha

Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Shashi Kumar

Dr. Shashi Kumar

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Kumar

Dr. Atul Kumar Johri

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Lin

Dr. HsiangChun Lin

International Rice Research Institute, Philippines

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Mayfield

Dr. Stephen Mayfield

University of California, San Diego, United States

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Nambiar-Veetil

Dr. Mathish Nambiar-Veetil

Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, India

ILSI Research Foundation - SABC 2017 Speaker: Padaria, J. C.

Dr. Jasdeep Chatrath Padaria

National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Parnell

Dr. Jacob Parnell

Novozymes BioAg, United States

ILSI Research Foundation SABC Dr. Pathirana

Ms. Surani Pathirana

Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Sri Lanka

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Radha

Dr. Jayashree Radha

Rubber Research Institute of India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Gowda

P.H. Ramanjini Gowda

University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore, India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Roberts

Dr. Andrew Roberts

ILSI Research Foundation, United States

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Sharma

Dr. Shilpa Sharma

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India

ILSI Research Foundation Dr. Strabala

Dr. Timothy Strabala

Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand

Teem_J. Photo

Dr. John Teem

ILSI Research Foundation, United States

Tsuchiya, Y. Photo Unofficial

Dr. Yuichiro Tsuchiya

Nagoya University, Japan

Veluthambi, K.

Dr. K. Veluthambi

Madurai Kamaraj University, India

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