Each year, the APS Public Policy Board holds an Open Forum during the APS Annual Meeting for the membership, providing an informal opportunity for sharing multiple perspectives on hot topics that may have public policy impacts. All annual meeting attendees are encouraged to participate to keep up with the latest issues and consider ways they can become engaged.
The featured topic for this year's Open Forum is....
Monday, August 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Minneapolis, MN
Biotechnology for improved management of plant diseases has the potential to reduce dependency of commercial and noncommercial growers on pesticides and to enhance food security for an increasing global population. APS has long opposed regulating food, feed, and fiber products based solely on the particular technology that was used to create the varieties/cultivars. However, regulation of newly emerging approaches to crop modification, such as RNAi technology to silence expression of plant, pathogen, or insect genes, is now being discussed. Please join the APS Public Policy Board (PPB) and add to the scientific discussion during this RNAi use for biotechnology hot topic session. An open forum of experts on RNAi will kick off the discussions. A quick highlight on the latest activities for the Phytobiomes Initiative will also be discussed.
As a prelude to the Open Forum and to encourage discussions on the topics two columns were focused on this topic in recent issues of Phytopathology News. Additionally, resources have been provided by the sessions moderators, provided here for your reference:
RNAi Biotechnology: Pros and Cons for Crop Improvement, Vicki VancePhytopathology News, March 2014
RNAi Biotechnology: Pros and Cons for Crop Improvement Response, Bryce FalkPhytopathology News, May 2014
Written comments submitted by Monsanto to the EPA docket, January 2014
EPA RNA SAP Oral Presentation given by Dr. Jay Petrick, Dr. Dave Carson, and Dr. Steve Levine, January 2014
EPA Scientific Advisory Board’s review of RNAi
Transfer and functional consequences of dietary microRNAs in vertebrates: Concepts in search of corroboration, Kenneth Witwer and Kendal Hirschi, Bioessays 2014
New wind in the sails: improving the agronomic value of crop plants through RNAi-mediated gene silencing, Aline Koch and Karl Heinz-Kogel, Plant Biotechnology Journal, 2014