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HESI Lecture at EUROTOX 2017

Bratislava, Slovakia

Join HESI at EUROTOX 2017 for a lecture on Monday, 11 September where you’ll hear Dr. Louise Horsfall, University of Edinburgh speak on Synthetic biology and toxicology.

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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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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

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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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