Bangalore, India

Taj West End

11-13 September




120 Seats

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Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABC), the ILSI Research Foundation and Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) are pleased to invite you to the 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference which will be held 11-13 September 2017 in Bangalore, India. This 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 - South Asia Biosafety Conference 2017

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, Dhaka 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, India

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

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


Registrations are closed for the 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference 2017

The 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference: Abstract Submission

Participants are encouraged to participate in this year’s program in two ways:

(1) Submit an abstract for an oral presentation in Plenary Session II: Crop Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia or Plenary Session V: New Applications of Biotechnology: Focus on Forestry and Biofuels. Submissions should describe research directly relevant to either of these topics, with preference to research that directly addresses biosafety risk assessment. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Innovations for resistance to plant pathogens and insect pests
  • Biotechnology as a tool for managing post-harvest losses
  • Genetically engineered trees for use in timber or biofuel production, and mechanisms to manage gene flow
  • Genetically engineered algae for biofuel production
  • Biotechnology and genetic conservation in natural forests

Abstracts submitted for oral presentations will be evaluated by the conference organizers for quality and applicability. Abstracts that are not selected for oral presentations may be considered for posters instead.

(2) Submit an abstract for a poster presentation during the Poster Program. Presenting a poster is a noteworthy way to share expertise or accomplishment, and poster presenters will have a dedicated time to present and discuss their work with the diverse group of attendees. All posters must convey relevance to biosafety research, environmental risk assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or the regulation of GMOs– plants, animals, arthropods, or micro-organisms.

Poster Prizes Announced

All posters accepted into the poster session are eligible for the Poster Competition, and two prizes will be awarded. First prize consists of a two year membership for the International Society of Biosafety Research, a USD $500 cash prize, and an award certificate. Second prize consists 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. The posters will be judged September 11-12 and the winners will be announced on September 13 before the final plenary session of the conference.

Evaluation and Judging

Posters will be 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 three judges. Judges are encouraged to provide constructive comments for each poster, however comments may be very brief or absent because of the limited time available.

Guidelines for Submission

The following are suggestions that will contribute to ensuring the readability and quality of abstracts submitted for oral or poster presentations:

  • Check for proper spelling and grammar.
  • Use a standard typeface such as Times Roman with a font size of 12.
  • Begin sentences with words (not numbers).
  • 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.
  • Do not include tables, figures, or graphs in the abstract.
  • Limit the abstract to 300 words.
  • Try to organize the abstract with the following headings where appropriate: purpose, methods, results, conclusions (e.g., for research projects) OR purpose, description, evaluation and outcomes (e.g., for capacity building projects).
Space is limited. Abstracts will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

July 15, 2017 for oral presentations
August 1, 2017 for poster presentation

Accommodation – SABC 2017

Name of the Hotel



Taj West End

25, Race Course Rd, High Grounds,
Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Contact: Ms. Indumathi Adam
Phone: 080 6660 5660

Single Occupancy - Rs.11000/-
+ 21% taxes

37th Crescent Hotel

#37 Crescent Road Near Race Course,
Opp Mallige Hospital, High Grounds, Bangalore 560001
Contact: Mr. Rajesh
Phone: 080 4037 3737


Fortune Park JP Celestial

5/43, Racecourse Road, Racecourse,
Gandhi Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560009
Contact: Ms. Merin
Phone: 080 3988 4433
Mobile: 968 6689 944


Hotel Chalukya

44, Race Course Road, Basaveshwara Circle,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001
Contact: Mr. Diwakar
Phone: 080 2225 6576


Radisson Blu Atria

No. 1, Palace Road, Bengaluru- 560001
Contact: Mr. Shivam
Phone: 080 2220 5205


For assistance with your accommodations, please contact Dr. Vibha Ahuja at

Visa for short term visit – SABC 2017

For assistance with obtaining your visa, please contact Dr. Vibha Ahuja at

Organized by

South Asia Biosafety Programme
South Asia Biosafety Program
Biotech Consortium India Limited
Biotech Consortium India Limited
ILSI Research Foundation
ILSI Research Foundation

Supported by

National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India
National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India
International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR)
International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR)
Department of Environment, Bangladesh
Department of Environment, Bangladesh
Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of Indiah
Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India

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