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The Australian company, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), is negotiating with Syngenta to use data from their rice genome to develop commercial crops. With rice genomic information, GRDC is planning to develop higher quality and more disease-resistant wheat and barley varieties....
A conference titled "Gene Flow: What Does It Mean for Biodiversity and Centers of Origin" will take place Sepember 29-30, 2003 in Mexico City. The conference, which is organized by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology (PIFB) and the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC), will...
This article reports that Brazil has become the first country in the developing world to clone a living animal. A cloned calf, named Vitoria, was born in the middle of March 2001 at a farm run by the Agriculture Ministry's research agency Embrapa near the capital Brasilia. The Agriculture Minister,...
At an informal meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) special negotiating session on agriculture, five developing countries of the Cairns Group (Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, the Philippines and Thailand) argued for a temporary mechanism to permit developing countries to impose countervailing...
Article reports that the South Africa Executive Council for Genetically Modified Organisms recently approved genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready soy for commercialization. Three other transgenic crops--Roundup Ready cotton, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton and Bt maize (for animal feed)--have...
With an $11 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation, researchers at the University of Missouri-Colombia completed "the most comprehensive and detailed genetic map of maize to date." The five-year initiative called the Maize Mapping Project began in 1998. Edward Coe, the project...
In this piece, university science research is shown to be on two paths--one that ensures data is patented and lawyers and technology transfer offices oversee intellectual property rights and another that ensures data is fully disclosed in peer-reviewed results. The author explains, "Society now faces...
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded US$75.6 million to support 23 collaborative projects in plant genomics. In addition, the NSF has designated US$9.5 million to support eight projects that were selected as recipients of the inaugural Young Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research....
This piece highlights the events of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) 31st annual meeting from 25-30 January 2001 in Davos, Switzerland. Among the events reported on is the presentation by the presidents of South Africa, Nigeria and Algeria, Thabo Mbeki, Olesegun Obasanjo and Abdelaziz Bouteflika. In...
European wheat markets are rejecting proposals by Monsanto to commercialize Roundup Ready wheat by 2005. A Norwegian trader said, "We will never be in the market for it." Europe is a large export market for U.S. wheat with western Europe consuming a fifth of the U.S.'s dark northern spring wheat. Japan,...