The participants are learning about biotech crops for the purpose of regulating the crops in their respective countries, says Piet van der Meer, one of the coordinators of the event. The conference is sponsored by the United Soybean Board and the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
On Thursday, the participants worked in the laboratory to practice and watch a soybean become genetically engineered. They conducted a transformation of a soybean plant, which consisted of isolating an embryo for transformation and the inoculation process to add Agrobacterium to add the new gene, surrounded by all the equipment used for genetic engineering everyday, according to the program agenda.
Next week, the participants will travel to St. Louis, Mo., to have more hands-on work with genetically modified crops in the fields.