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Objective

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

6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

Dhaka, Bangladesh

As the premier biosafety meeting in South Asia, the South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC 2018) brought together leading scientists from regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations.

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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.

Read more

7th International Botanical Conference

Dhaka, Bangladesh

The ILSI Research Foundation’s South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) sponsored the “Genetics, Biotechnology, and Biosafety Regulations in Genetically Engineered Crops” session at the 7th International Botanical Conference in Dhaka.

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5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

Bangalore, India

Scientists, academics, researchers and officials from industry, research institutions, universities, government departments and ministries attended this premier biosafety meeting in South Asia.

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			Overview		
			Presentations		
			Poster Session		
			Lightning Round		
			Social Media		
			Photos		
			Sponsors		
				Overview
				

6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference - Conference Book

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Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotech Consortium India Limited organized the 6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference, which was held on September 15-17, 2018 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This annual conference is the premier biosafety meeting in South Asia and provides an essential forum to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector in South Asia and internationally.

Presentations

Day 1 - September 15, 2018

Day 2 - September 16, 2018

Day 3 - September 17, 2018

Poster Session

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

Poster Competition

All posters accepted into the Poster Program were eligible for the Poster Competition. In cases where a registrant had two or more posters accepted for the Poster Program, s/he were asked to identify which one should be included in the poster competition i.e., only one poster per registrant was eligible for the Poster Competition.  The posters were judged on September 15-16 and the winners were announced on September 17 before the final plenary session of the conference.

Winners

  • First Prize: Md. Nazrul Islam, National Institute of Biotechnology, Bangladesh, for the poster: “Overexpression of G-Protein Beta Subunit Gene (OsRGB) Confers Both Heat and Salinity Stress in Rice"
  • Second Prize: Abdullah Mohammad Shohael, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, for the poster: “Development of Greening (HLB) and Canker Resistant Citrus Cultivars Through Genetic Engineering”

Prizes

The Institute for International Crop Improvement, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, generously provided the following prizes for the SABC 2018 Poster Session:

First Prize: Registration, airfare and hotel accommodation to attend the International Society for Biosafety Research Symposium (formerly the International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms or ISBGMO) which will be held April 1-4, 2019 in beautiful Tarragona, Spain.

Second Prize: USD $300 cash and a two-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.

Support for Early Career Scientists

The 6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference gratefully acknowledges the generous gift provided by Reliance Industries Limited to support the attendance of three early-career scientists from Indian public sector research institutes so that they could share their work in the Poster Session and Lightning Round.

Evaluation and Judging

Posters were evaluated as follows:

Abstract (10%) - Clarity and correlation with poster.

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 were judged on its scientific rigor and significance as conveyed by the poster. Each poster had to be self-explanatory. Judges had the opportunity to discuss posters with their presenters, but this was not considered in the evaluation of the display.

Poster Display (20%) - Posters were judged on organization, effective use of space, legibility, grammar and spelling, and effective use of graphics.

Each poster display was judged independently by three judges on September 15-16, 2018 based on the abstract, scientific content, and poster display. Judges were encouraged to provide constructive comments for each poster, however comments may have been very brief or absent because of the limited time available. Winners were announced on September 17.

Layout and Design

The maximum dimensions for the poster was 48 inches/122 cm (height) x 36 inches/91 cm (width). Poster boards had a plywood surface that permitted the use of removable double-sided tape, tacks, or board pins.

The following were suggestions that contributed to ensuring the readability and quality of posters:

  • Check for proper spelling and grammar.
  • Use a standard typeface font.
  • Ensure text is clear and concise.
  • Important information should be readable from about 10 feet away.
  • Use bullets, numbering, and headlines make it easy to read.
  • Include tables, figures, graphs and color to enforce key points.
  • Standard abbreviations may be used without definition, but nonstandard abbreviations/acronyms should be placed in parentheses after the first use of the terminology. It is important to keep nonstandard abbreviations/acronyms to a minimum, to allow for readability and understanding.
  • Have a consistent and clean layout.
  • Include any appropriate acknowledgments, your name and institutional affiliation.

Assigned Spaces

Each accepted poster was assigned a numbered space for where they would be posted in the conference hall. Posters were added to their assigned space on Saturday, September 15, 2018 prior to the beginning of the Poster Session. Posters remained in their assigned space until Monday, September 17, 2018 after the final plenary session to ensure that attendees and judges had adequate time to view the posters.

Lightning Round

The Lightning Round was a unique opportunity for students and early career researchers to share their research in an oral presentation format that is exciting, challenging, and entertaining. Each participant was given 5 minutes and 5 slides to clearly present their work and were challenged to think carefully about how best to use the allotted time and visual aids. The presentations were scored by the session's Chair and Co-Chair, and prizes were awarded to the top two participants.

Winners

  • First Prize: Sabrina Elias, School of Life Science, Independent University for the presentation: “Blending Gene expression with Phenomics to Decipher Salt Tolerance Determinant”
  • Second Prize: Mohammad Umer Sharif Shohan, University of Dhaka, for the presentation: “Two Amino Acid Substitution Model Across Membranes in the Oryza Species HKT1;5 Transporter from Salt Tolerant Rice Landraces for a Beneficially Low Na+/K+ Ratio”

Prizes

The International Society for Biosafety Research generously provided the following prizes for the SABC 2018 Poster Session:

  • First Prize: USD $300
  • Second Prize: USD $200
  • All participants in the Lightning Round received a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.

Presentations

Blending Gene Expression with Phenomics to Decipher Salt Tolerance Determinant
Sabrina M. Elias, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Alternatively Spliced Form of the Vacuolar Na+/H+ Antiporter (OsNHX1) Gene: Aspire to Combat Salinity Stress in Rice
Hamida Nooreen Mahmood, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Fluorescence Based Kompetitive (Competitive) Allele Specific PCR (KASP) for High-Throughput SNP Marker Detection and Validation
Tabassum Sunfi, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Two Amino Acid Substitution Model Across Membranes in the Oryza Species HKT1;5 Transporter from Salt Tolerant Rice Landraces for a Beneficially Low Na+/K+ Ratio
Mohammad Umer Sharif Shohan, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Genetic Engineering for Development of Salt-Tolerant Pigeon Pea Plants
Rakshita Singh, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, India

Engineering Insect Resistance in Rice
Yaiphabi Kumam, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India

Comparative Nutritional Equivalence Evaluation of Transgenic Chickpea Seeds Harboring either a Cry1Ac or a Cry2Aa Gene
Rubi Gupta, Assam Agricultural University, India

Genetic Engineering of Sugarcane with EXPA1 and BRK Genes Increases Water Deficit Stress Tolerance and its Biosafety Concern
Ashwin Narayan, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute

 

Social Media

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Sponsors

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Congratulations to 1st Place
Poster Session Winner Md. Nazrul Islam!

Congratulations to Md. Nazrul Islam for the poster Overexpression of G-Protein Beta Subunit Gene (OsRGB) Confers both Heat and Salinity Stress in Rice winning first prize in the Poster Session and receiving registration, airfare and hotel accommodation to attend the International Society for Biosafety Research Symposium (formerly the International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms or ISBGMO), which will be held April 1-4, 2019 in Tarragona, Spain.

Congratulations to 1st Place
Lightning Round Winner Sabrina Elias!

Congratulations to Sabrina Elias for the presentation Blending Gene Expression with Phenomics to Decipher Salt Tolerance Determinant winning first prize in the Lightning Round and receiving a one-year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research and a USD $300 cash prize.

Congratulations to 2nd Place
Lightning Round Winner Mohammad Umer Sharif Shohan!

Congratulations to Mohammad Umer Sharif Shohan for the presentation Two Amino Acid Substitution Model Across Membranes in the Oryza Species HKT1;5 Transporter from Salt Tolerant Rice Landraces for a Beneficially Low Na+/K+ Ratio winning second prize in the Lightning Round and receiving a one-year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research and a USD $200 cash prize.

Congratulations to 2nd Place
Poster Session Winner Abdullah Mohammad Shohael!

Congratulations to Abdullah Mohammad Shohael for the poster Development of Greening (HLB) and Canker Resistant Citrus Cultivars Through Genetic Engineering winning second prize in the Poster Session and receiving a two-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research and a USD $300 cash prize.

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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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Overview: Organized by the Bangladesh Botanical Society (BBS), the 7th International Botanical Conference was held at the University of Dhaka on February 3-4, 2018. It attracted about 300 participants from Bangladesh and abroad, representing policymakers, public and private universities, national agricultural research institutes, private laboratories, and non-governmental organizations.

The conference’s theme was “Plant Diversity - Food Security and Environmental Management.” In addition to a poster session, it included scientific sessions covering the following aspects of plant sciences:

  • Environmental Management and Conservation Biology
  • Restoration of Plant Diversity, Food Security, and Global Climate Change
  • Microbes and Plant Diseases
  • Genetics, Biotechnology, and Biosafety Regulations in Genetically Engineered Crops
  • Taxonomy and Ethnobotany
  • Plant Physiology, Nutrition, and Horticulture.

The ILSI Research Foundation's South Asia Biosafety Program sponsored the “Genetics, Biotechnology, and Biosafety Regulations in Genetically Engineered Crops” session.

Presentations from our Scientific Session

Vibha

Dr. Vibha Ahuja (BCIL)

Strengthening Biosafety
Compliance among Public
Sector Institutions in India

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Dr. Donald J. Mackenzie (IRRI)

The Golden Rice Story:
Realizing the Promise of Public Sector
Biotech Product Delivery

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Dr. Andrew Roberts

Regulatory Transparency, Information
Dissemination and Biosafety Information
Resources for Bangladesh (Video)

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Mr. Mohammed Solaiman Haider (DOE BD)

The Biosafety Regulatory
Regime in Bangladesh

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For more information about the event, please visit the Bangladesh Botanical Society website.

For more information about the South Asia Biosafety Program, please visit our program page.

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Video & 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
Dr. 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
Mr. Prasad Babu K, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, India

Standardization of Genetic Transformation Technique in Dolichos bean (Lablab purpureus (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. Sundaresha Siddappa, 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

Delegate Registration and Inaugural Ceremony

Recording of the session (Video)

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

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

Welcome Address (Video)
Dr. Amita Prasad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India

Keynote Address (Video)
Dr. Shri Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka

Vote of Thanks (Video)
Ms. Libby Williams, ILSI Research Foundation, USA

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

Recording of the session (Video)

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

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

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

Biosafety Regulations in Sri Lanka: An Update (PDF | Video)
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 | Video)
Dr. Timothy Strabala, Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand

Plenary Session II: Crop Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia

Recording of the session (Video)

Enhanced Performance of Sugarcane Transgenics Under Water Limited Conditions and its Biosafety Considerations (PDF | Video)
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 | Video)
Dr. Aparna Islam, BRAC University, Bangladesh

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

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

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

Lightning Round

Recording of the session (Video)

Assessment of Impact of Genetically Engineered (GE) Mustard (Brassica juncea L.) on Honey Bees (PDF | Video)
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 | Video)
Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Government of India

Co-expression of PgNHX1 and AVP1genes in Tomato Improves Salt Tolerance in Transgenic Tomato Plants (PDF | Video)
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 | Video)
Dr. Prabhakargouda Patil, GBIT Limited, India

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

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

Rapid Screening of hpRNAi Constructs for Imparting Plant Viral Disease Resistance by Employing Agro-Infiltration (PDF | Video)
Mr. 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 | Video)
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 | Video)
Dr. Sundaresha Siddappa, Central Potato Research Institute, India

Plenary Session III: Soil and Plant Microbiomes

Recording of the session (Video)

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

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

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

Plenary Session IV: Synthetic Biology

Recording of the session (Video)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recording of the session (Video)

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

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

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

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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

Missed the sessions? 

View the video recordings of the presentations on Youtube. Click on the links below for the playlist for each session. 

Inaugural SessionPlenary Session I, Plenary Session II, Lighting Round, Plenary Session III, Plenary Session IV, Plenary Session V

Congratulations to 1st Place
Poster Winner Sundaresha Siddappa!

Congratulations to Sundaresha Siddappa 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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