By C. Ives, B. Bedford

Acquiring global foodstuff protection and nutrition self-reliance for the constructing countries is a posh and tough activity, yet with elevated study and schooling, agricultural construction in constructing nations may be superior. Biotechnology functions, built-in into conventional structures, carry a lot promise during this recognize. figuring out the confident influence of biotechnology will depend on the power of constructing international locations to entry and generate know-how that's appropriate to their wishes. even if, govt rules would possibly not motivate funding in public zone agricultural learn and the personal area is frequently underdeveloped. This e-book is the made from a convention, held in California in April 1997, less than the auspices of the rural Biotechnology for Sustainable productiveness (ABSP) undertaking. It offers a huge evaluation of the newest examine and purposes and coverage standards for biotechnology in constructing international locations. the problems of meals safety, capability development, highbrow estate rights, know-how move, biosafety and the necessity for personal area firm are addressed. This e-book is vital studying for coverage makers, researchers in agricultural biotechnology, economists, and extension staff.

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Furthermore, improved varieties have been grown commercially in Mexico for many years and commodity maize or seeds introduced legally or illegally into Mexican territory have also found their way into the peasant’s maize plot or ‘milpas’, and presumably have been grown alongside landraces or teosintes. So what then are the problems or risks perceived by the people in Mexico? Many people would acknowledge that the possibility of transgenic maize becoming a weed or increasing the weediness of wild relatives is extremely small.

To achieve the goals and objectives of the biotechnology research programme, CRIFC began developing relationships and cooperative arrangements with various national institutions including other research institutes, the InterUniversity Centers (IUC) of the Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB), Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Bandung Technology Institute (ITB) and the Agency for Technology Assessment (ATA). CRIFC developed both nationally and internationally funded research programmes. National research programmes are funded through the State Earning and Expenditure Budget and include various projects such as: ARMP; Integrated Superior Research (1993–1997); and Partnership Superior Research (1995–1997).

Through support from the RF, an anther culture technique to shorten breeding time was developed, molecular markers for quantitative traits such as yield and drought tolerance were developed, and molecular markers to study the population structure of blast and BLB were developed. Through the ACIAR programme, transgenic groundnuts with resistance to peanut mottle virus were developed. Industrial crops Biotechnology research on industrial crops was initiated in 1986, but is still restricted to tissue culture due to the limitations of research facilities and lack of experienced staff.

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