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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,...
This piece explores "sustainable agriculture" methods in use in developing countries. Among the techniques being used are planting weeds (napier grass and desmodium) to lure the "stem borer" and "striga" away from maize in east Africa; raising fish in the rice paddies of Bangladesh; and transplanting...
In a three-day workshop by the InterAcademy Panel, an organization of 80 scientific academies from around the world, scientists and journalists discussed ways to improve science communication in developing countries. The workshop was hosted by the Caribbean Academy of Sciences in Tobago. Participants...
The Food and Agriculture Organization�s Electronic Forum on Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture will address the theme "Regulating GMOs in developing and transition countries." The moderated conference will begin in late April 2003 and will continue for four weeks. The conference will...