New technologies have the promise to transform agricultural productivity and nutrition. However, many governments lack the risk assessment resources and experience needed to assure decision-makers and the public that environmental and food safety concerns posed by products of these technologies have been adequately addressed. The ILSI Research Foundation is developing risk assessment resources and providing training to scientists, risk assessors, and regulators, to promote science-based risk assessments of products of biotechnology.
Collaborators & Partners
US Agency for International Development (USAID), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and governmental ministries and departments in India and Bangladesh.
The ILSI Research Foundation's active programs related to biosafety capacity building include:
The ILSI Research Foundation's concluded projects in the area of biosafety capacity building include:
Dr. Andrew Roberts, Deputy Executive Director, conducted a guided problem formulation exercise during a workshop organized by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).
The ILSI Research Foundation’s South Asia Biosafety Program sponsored a technical session on Biosafety and the Environment at the 4th International Conference of Biotechnology on Health and Agriculture, which was organized jointly by the Global Network of Bangladeshi Biotechnologists and Innovation in Plant and Food Sciences.
Dr. Morven McLean, ILSI Research Foundation Executive Director, delivered a presentation on Environmental Risk Assessment of Gene Edited Plants at the Symposium on Risk Assessment and Regulation of Genome Edited Plants, in Manila, the Philippines.
Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotech Consortium India Limited organized the 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC 2019), the premier biosafety meeting in South Asia.
- Dr. Mohammad Mostofa placed first in the Poster Competition with the presentation Strigolactones Positively Regulate Defense Mechanisms to Enhance Resistance Against Sheath Blight of Rice (Oryza sativa), receiving a cash award of USD $300 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.
- Dr. Dipali Gupta placed second in the Poster Competition with the presentation Biocontrol of Wheat Blast Disease by Plant Probiotic Bacilli, receiving a cash award of USD $200 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.
Evaluation and Judging
The criteria for evaluating the posters during SABC 2019 were 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 the field. The quality of the research presented was judged on its scientific rigor and significance as conveyed by the poster. Each poster needed to have been self-explanatory. Judges had the opportunity to discuss posters with the 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 14-15, 2019 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 16.
Layout and Design
The maximum dimensions for the poster was 48 inches/122 cm (height) x 36 inches/91 cm (width). Poster boards were a plywood surface that permitted the use of removable double-sided tape, tacks, or board pins.
The following suggestions were made by conference organizers with the aim of 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 to 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.
Each accepted poster was assigned a numbered space for where they should be posted in the conference hall. Posters were added to their assigned space on Saturday, September 14, 2019 prior to the beginning of the Poster Program. Posters remained in their assigned space until Monday, September 16, 2019, after the closing 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. All presentations had to convey 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. Each participant was given 5 minutes and 5 slides to clearly present their work, challenging them 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.
- Mr. Abdullah Al Noman placed first in the Lightning Round for Students and Early Career Researchers with the presentation Morphological and Molecular Diversity Among the Pyricularia oryzae Cavara Isolates Causing Wheat Blast in Bangladesh, receiving a cash award of USD $300.
- Mr. Mohammad Umer Sharif Shohan placed second in the Lightning Round for Students and Early Career Researchers with the presentation Are Root Characteristics/Architectural Traits of Rice Plants a Better Indicator of Salt Tolerance, receiving a cash award of USD $200 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.
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Congratulations to 1st Place Lightning Round Winner, Mr. Abdullah Al Noman!
Congratulations to Mr. Abdullah Al Noman for placing first in the Lightning Round for Students and Early Career Researchers with the presentation Morphological and Molecular Diversity Among the Pyricularia oryzae Cavara Isolates Causing Wheat Blast in Bangladesh. Mr. Al Noman received a cash award of USD $300 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.
Congratulations to 1st Place Poster Session Winner, Dr. Mohammad Mostofa!
Congratulations to Dr. Mohammad Mostofa for placing first in the Poster Competition with the presentation Strigolactones Positively Regulate Defense Mechanisms to Enhance Resistance Against Sheath Blight of Rice (Oryza sativa). Dr. Mostofa received a cash award of USD $300 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.
Congratulations to 2nd Place Lightning Round Winner, Mr. Mohammad Umer Sharif Shohan!
Congratulations to Mr. Mohammad Umer Sharif Shohan for placing second in the Lightning Round for Students and Early Career Researchers with the presentation Are Root Characteristics/Architectural Traits of Rice Plants a Better Indicator of Salt Tolerance? Mr. Shohan received a cash award of USD $200 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.
Congratulations to 2nd Place Poster Session Winner, Dr. Dipali Gupta!
Congratulations to Dr. Dipali Gupta for placing second in the Poster Competition with the presentation Biocontrol of Wheat Blast Disease by Plant Probiotic Bacilli. Dr. Gupta received a cash award of USD $200 and a one-year membership to the International Society for Biosafety Research.[post_title] => 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC2019) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => sabc2019 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-10-15 18:23:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-10-15 18:23:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://ilsirf.org/?post_type=event&p=11203 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => event [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 5 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 11551 [post_author] => 65 [post_date] => 2020-02-05 16:29:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2020-02-05 16:29:13 [post_content] => Overview Agenda Overview
Confined field trials (CFTs) are conducted to determine whether a trait introduced through genetic engineering (GE) of a plant results in unintended environmental effects. CFTs are historically performed locally within each country that is considering cultivation of the GE plant, and data from CFTs is used to inform an environmental risk assessment used for regulatory decision-making. As all CFTs are designed to compare the GE crop to its non-GE comparator, data collected on the same traits from CFTs in new countries generally duplicate previous studies and do not further inform risk assessment. One way to reduce the duplication of CFTs is to use pre-existing CFT data obtained from an environment similar to that of the host country.
The ILSI Research Foundation hosted the Data Transportability for COMESA Workshop in Entebbe, Uganda on February 12-13, 2020, in partnership with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), to discuss the online GEnZ Explorer tool. This free tool allows CFT locations to be characterized with respect to agroclimatic zone to facilitate data transportability of CFTs. Participants received hands-on experience with the tool to identify the location of CFT data generated outside of their country that were conducted in similar environments to those found in their country. Participants also provided updates on the regulatory systems and approval process from COMESA countries. The second day of the workshop included discussions, facilitated by ASARECA, on how data transportability concepts and the GEnZ Explorer can be applied to the COMESA Regional Risk Assessment Policy.
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This summary publication captures the findings from four African consultations organized by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to identify risk hypotheses and data needs for future environmental risk assessment of gene drives in the mosquito Anopheles gambiae.
Volume 8 of the series Safety Assessment of Transgenic Organisms in the Environment contains the first OECD biosafety consensus document to deal with the biology of an insect, the mosquito Aedes aegypti.
Surrogate species have a long history of use in research and regulatory settings to understand the potentially harmful effects of toxic substances including pesticides.
RNA interference, or RNAi, refers to a set of biological processes that make use of conserved cellular machinery to silence genes.
This article is the Spanish translation of “Proposed Criteria for Identifying GE Crop Plants That Pose a Low or Negligible Risk to the Environment Under Conditions of Low-Level Presence in Seed,” which appeared in Transgenic Research.