SEAMEO BIOTROP Addresses Biotechnology Issues in Collaboration with MABIC and ISAAA through the 6th Asian Short Course on Agribiotechnology, Biosafety Regulation, and Communication Friday, 15 September 2023 on 2:29pm

SEAMEO BIOTROP Addresses Biotechnology Issues in Collaboration with MABIC and ISAAA through the 6th Asian Short Course on Agribiotechnology, Biosafety Regulation, and Communication

SEAMEO BIOTROP, through its Indonesian Biotechnology Information Centre (IndoBic), in collaboration with Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC), and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications Inc. (ISAAA Inc.), is currently hosting the 6th Asian Short Course on Agribiotechnology, Biosafety Regulation, and Communication. This event, spanning from September 11 to September 15, 2023, has attracted 45 participants, including scientists, regulators, and policymakers from Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and the United States.

On September 14, ASCA6 participants had the privilege to visit SEAMEO BIOTROP headquarter, the delegates were welcomed by Dr. Zulhamsyah Imran, Director of SEAMEO BIOTROP. This visit offered participants an opportunity to explore various facilities at SEAMEO BIOTROP, including biotechnology laboratories, tissue culture laboratories, and several sites within the Agro-Eco-Edu Tourism program, such as the stingless bee garden, aquatic garden, and sensory garden.

"Biotecnology is the path to addressing global, regional, and national food crisis challenges. Genetic engineering of food crops through biotechnology must be developed and advanced to anticipate the predicted peak of the global food crisis by 2050. Biotechnology can also be an answer to global climate change, water crises, and the reduction of pesticide use and global carbon emissions," emphasized Dr. Zulhamsyah Imran during his address.

He continued, "Therefore, cooperation among partners must be strengthened and focused on harnessing the potential of biotechnology to address various global issues. Scientists, regulators as policy-makers, and practitioners must work side by side to ensure that knowledge and regulations can progress together, enabling society to reap the benefits of modern biotechnology while minimizing its risks."
As a regional center for tropical biology, SEAMEO BIOTROP is dedicated to enhancing biodiversity conservation. With a vision to become a leading center for sustainable biodiversity management in Southeast Asia, SEAMEO BIOTROP promotes sustainable biodiversity utilization. Through its partnership with ISAAA via IndoBiC, SEAMEO BIOTROP is involved in communicating and implementing biotechnology to ensure that the public can understand biotechnology products and their associated risks.

ASCA, an initiative organized by the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC) and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications Inc. (ISAAA Inc.), is expected to become a platform for scientists and regulators in Asia to enhance their competence in biotechnology-related regulation and policy. The initiative aims to equip stakeholders in Asia by promoting science-based regulation that supports research and development, commercialization, and exchange, particularly in developing countries.

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