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  • Biological technology is technology based on biology, especially when used in agriculture, food science, and medicine. The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity has come up with one of many definitions of biotechnology.
  • Agricultural biotechnology — also referred to as “genetic engineering” or “genetic modification” (GM) — is a more sophisticated and precise means of modifying plant genes. Instead of transferring thousands of genes as traditional crossbreeding does, biotechnology enables
    the transfer of only a few select plant genes.
  • The importance of biotechnology for the sustenance of agriculture in the state, the Punjab Government has set up a 17-member Biotechnology Council, besides seeking to involve top experts to facilitate the quick transfer of biotechnology for the immediate benefit of the farm sector.
  • Biotechnology can also help farmers reduce the amount of pesticides they need to use on crops. For instance, by making crops tolerant to a specific herbicide, weeds can be killed without damaging the crop. The amount of herbicide used per acre of crop can also be reduced relative to regular practices.
  • Dow AgroSciences LLC, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is a top tier agricultural company providing innovative crop protection, pest and vegetation management, seed, and agricultural biotechnology solutions to serve the world's growing population.We do this through a people-centric performance culture, through our commitments to sustainable development and environmental stewardship, and through collaborations with world-class institutions.
  • Agriculture productivity will have to be boosted by the introduction of new plants, even wild species, to produce enough food for the world population expected to reach around 9 billion by 2050 (U.N. Population Division-Department of Economic and Social Affairs 1998). The time frame is short, but with biotechnological tools these traits will not sound so utopian in 10 years.
  • Gene transfer, meaning the movement of genes through outcrossing. This issue could also include gene transfer from plants to microorganisms. Although transfer from plants to microorganisms is possible based on laboratory studies and obviously has happened in evolutionary time , the probability of a functional and medically important antibiotic gene moving from a plant to a human pathogen is negligible.
  • Modern biotechnology has offered opportunities to produce more nutritious and better tasting foods, higher crop yields and plants that are naturally protected from disease and insects. Modern biotechnology allows for the transfer of only one or a few desirable genes, thereby permitting scientists to develop crops with specific beneficial traits and reduce undesirable traits.
  • A survey of China plant biotechnologists by the authors and their collaborators in 2000 shows that China is developing the largest plant biotechnology capacity outside of North America . In 1997, when the National Genetically Modified Organisms Biosafety Committee was established, this committee immediately approved 46 cases for field trials, environmental release, and commercialization, which covered 12 GM crops. Among them three cases of cotton, tomato, and petunia were approved for commercialization in certain locations.
  • The U.S. regulatory framework for agricultural biotechnology has evolved over time as new technologies emerged that allowed the introduction of genetic material, beginning in the early 1970’s. Over the past 25 years, policy has developed to address potential risks in a process open to public review and comment.
  • U.S. agricultural export markets, notably the European Union (EU), have taken a more restrictive approach to regulating agricultural biotechnology than the United States, presenting obstacles for U.S. farm exports. Now before the World Trade Organization (WTO) is a U.S. complaint regarding the EU’s de facto moratorium on approvals of new GE crops from 1998 to 2004. Even though the EU says it has ended its moratorium , U.S. agricultural interests are concerned that stricter EU rules for labeling and tracing GE products could continue to discriminate against U.S. exports.
 General Information
  • Biotechnology
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Biotechnology and food
  • Biotechnology in agriculture
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Agriculture Biotechnology Facts

AgriBiotech in India

  • New initiatives in agriculture
  • Agribiotech - Future of Indian agriculture
  • Business opportunities in the Indian biotechnology sector
  • Bt cotton in India
  • GM in India: the battle over Bt cotton
  • India and ICRISAT
  • India to host Asian biotech training centre
  • U.S.-India trade policy forum
  • Agricultural biotechnology: Safe and responsible use

Companies involved in AgriBiotech

  • Bayer CropScience
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • DuPont Biotechnology
  • Monsanto Company
  • Syngenta: Biotechnology

Centers and Councils

  • Agricultural Biotechnology Center
  • ABE
  • AgBioWorld
  • Biotech Center
  • India Resource Center
  • Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Council
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • CARP
  • National Agricultural Biotechnology Council
  • K-State Research & Extension


  • Agricultural biotechnology consultants
  • Biotechnology business consultants
  • Crop Technology Consulting, Inc.
  • PhillipsMcDougall
  • Sathguru Management Consultants Pvt Ltd

Technology and Projects

  • Techniques for determination of true-to-type date palm
  • Method to make a transgenic plant
  • Biotechnology and plants
  • Transgenic plants - genetic engineering techniques, agricultural Applications
  • CSPI biotechnology project
  • Cetos biotechnology project
  • Communication in agricultural biotechnology

Policy and Regulations

  • Governing Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Development and Policy in China
  • Agricultural biotechnology research in India: Status and policies 
  • International Law and Trade Policy
  • The Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology in Poland 
  • Agricultural Biotechnology, Politics, Ethics, and Policy
  • State Policy Priorities for Agricultural Biotechnology

Opportunities and Constraints in Selected Countries

  • Brazil: Biotechnology and agriculture to meet the challenges of increased food production
  • China: Agricultural biotechnology opportunities to meet the challenges of food production
  • Costa Rica: Challenges and opportunities in biotechnology and biodiversity
  • Egypt: Biotechnology from laboratory to the marketplace: Challenges and opportunities
  • India: Biotechnology research and development
  • Iran: Hopes, achievements, and constraints in agricultural biotechnology
  • Jordan: Status and future prospects of biotechnology
  • Kenya: Biotechnology in Africa
  • Mexico: Ensuring environmental safety while benefiting from biotechnology
  • Philippines: Challenges, opportunities and constraints
  • South Africa: Biotechnology for innovation and development
  • Thailand: Biotechnology for farm products and agro-industries
  • Zimbabwe: Exploitation of biotechnology in agricultural research
Controlling Environmental Risks
  • Genetically modified crops and other organisms
  • Science-based risk assessment for the approval and use of plants in agriculture
  • Sustainable use of genetically modified crops in developing countries
  • Modern biotechnology for food and agriculture: risks and opportunities for the poor

Public and Private Sector Biotechnology Research

  • Evolving role of the public and private sector in agricultural biotechnology
  • Leveraging partnerships between the public and private sector
  • Prospects for improving livestock productivity

Standards and Certifications

  • Legal liability issues in agricultural biotechnology
  • Biotech food labeling
  • Occupational skill standards for agricultural biotechnology technicians
  • Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards report
  • USDA's rule on organic agriculture and biotechnology


  • Biotechnology and its applications
  • Biotechnology applications in F&B industry
  • Agricultural applications of biotechnology
  • Current uses of biotechnology in agriculture
  • Future uses of agricultural biotechnology


  • Agricultural biotechnology: Background and recent issues
  • Belgium and the Netherlands gearing up for biofuel production
  • Business potential for agricultural biotechnology
  • Biotechnology for sustainable agriculture and agro-industry
  • Ethical challenges of agricultural biotechnology for developing countries
  • U.S. farmer perspectives on biotechnology
  • Agricultural biotechnology and the poor
  • Biotechnology for developing-country agriculture


  • Economic issues in agricultural biotechnology
  • Netherlands oilseeds and products biofuels situation in the Benelux 2006
  • The Agricultural biotechnology industry in overview
  • The payoffs to agricultural biotechnology
  • Public attitudes towards agricultural biotechnology
  • Asia seen as next focus of agricultural biotech production
  • U.S. Grains council report
  • Biotechnology and the future of Australian agriculture
  • Market penetration by biotechnology
  • Canada - U.S. bilateral discussions on agricultural biotechnology
  • Agricultural Biotechnology in Southern Africa
  • Case Studies in Benefits and Risks of Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Sector in India: Issues Impacting Innovations
  • Agricultural Biotechnology: Benefits of Transgenic Soybeans
  • Economic Perspectives


  • FAQ's about biotechnology
  • Important FAQ's about agricultural biotechnology
  • Biotechnology guide
  • Agricultural biotechnology reference guide
  • Guide to U.S. regulation of genetically modified food and agricultural biotechnology products
  • Agricultural Biotechnology - Guides to Info. Resources
  • Agricultural Biotechnology- Useful links

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