Agricultural Biotechnology Seminar Series 2022 – Seminar 2: The Regulation of Genome Edited Products and Its Challenges

    July 22, 2022
    8:00 am - 10:15 am
    Virtual (Time in ICT/GMT+7)
    Jakarta, Indonesia

Part of the Agricultural Biotechnology Seminar Series, this virtual seminar was a one-day event organized to encourage open discussion on the regulation of products of genetic engineering and genome editing between APEC member economies. Led by experts, this workshop facilitated delivery of presentations on the adoption of genome editing into breeding programs. Regulation of products of agricultural biotechnology developed using this technology were also discussed. The workshop was organized by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute (AFSI), with Indonesia as the sponsoring economy and host of the event, and Thailand and Canada as co-sponsors.

Agricultural Biotechnology Seminar Series

The seminar series brought together scientists, regulators, and policy makers to discuss recent advances in genetic engineering and genome editing and products developed using these technologies. The project’s objectives were:

  1. Create a foundational knowledge of how genome editing can be used to improve agricultural breeding programs.
  2. Create foundational knowledge of how products of genome editing are regulated globally and how they might be considered in Indonesia.
  3. Create an enabling environment for adoption of products of genome editing.


8:00 am

Technical Introduction

Dr. Rachel Melnick
Senior Manager – Scientific Programs, Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, USA

8:05 am

Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Ir. Fadjry Djufry
Director General, Indonesia Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD), Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia

Session 1: Research and Commercialization of Gene Edited Crops and Animals

8:10 am

Gene Edited Bananas

Dr. James Dale
Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

8:25 am

The Progress of Research on Gene Editing for Crops in Indonesia

Dr. Tri Joko Santoso
Senior Researcher, Indonesian Center for Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetic Resources Research and Development (ICABIOGRD), IAARD, Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia

8:40 am

Gene Editing of Indonesian Orchids

Prof. Dr. Endang Semiarti, M.S., M.Sc.
Head of Laboratory of Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

8:55 am

Question and Answer with Speakers

Session 2: Regulation of Gene Edited Products

9:10 am

United States Secure Rule

Dr. Subray Hedge
Director, USDA APHIS, Biotechnology Regulatory Service, USA

9:25 am

Gene Edited Products and Brazil

Orlando Aprecido Cardoso
Science and Technology Analyst, Brazilian National Biosafety Technical Commission (CTNBio), Brazil

9:40 am

Challenges of Regulating Genome Edited Plants in Indonesia

Prof. Dr. Bambang Prasetya
Head of Indonesia Biosafety, Committee of Genetically Engineered Products (KKH-PRG), Indonesia

9:55 am

Panel Discussion

10:10 am

Closing Remarks

Dr. Ir. Mastur
Director, Indonesian Center for Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetic Resources Research and Development (ICABIOGRD), IAARD, Ministry of Agriculture


 *AFSI is supported by a grant from the USDA FAS New Technologies and Production Methods Division.