Agricultural Biotechnology Links
Golden Rice Project
This site is maintained by the Golden Rice Humanitarian Board with the
purpose of providing information on the background and progress of the
Golden Rice Humanitarian Project.
A website on the Biotech-Debate,
including clippings, edited opeds, Debate
contributions from Bern, texts embedded into a knowledge database,
a separate database for getting the appropriate experts to answer additional
The Section on Biodiversity is the most recently established EFB Section.
Priority topics of the Section are: Benefits and threats from GMO's. How
can Biodiversity help in research? Enhance the knowledge about soil microbiology.
Biodiversity and Population Genetics: Active participation in the development
and outlining of research programmes on an European level. For further
information, please contact the Chairman of the Section: Prof. Dr. Klaus
in Support of Protecting Nature With High-yield Farming and Forestry
What do Norman Borlaug, Patrick Moore, Oscar Arias, George McGovern,
Eugène Lapointe, James Lovelock and Per Pinstrup-Andersen each
have in common? They have all signed this important declaration.
the Dialogue about Agricultural Biotechnology
This site provides information on some of Cornell's educational efforts
on agricultural biotechnology. It includes PDF files for three Cornell-prepared
brochures. The site also includes video streaming links to the 29 presentations
from the Cornell Conference on Agricultural Biotechnology, held in Ithaca,
NY, in November 2000.
Works to ensure that the government of the day maintains a clear commitment
to science in the United Kingdom.
Committee on Releases to the Environment (UK)
Summary records for experimental releases in the UK; Environmental impact
discussion papers; GMO Public Register Index; Index of Applications to
market GMOs in Europe; International Agreements regarding environmental
releases; Advice to the Secretary of State and Ministers.
The goal of this web site is to provide science-based information to the
media, policy-makers, NGOs and the public on issues related to agricultural
biotechnology, including its potential relevance to African agriculture,
biosafety, intellectual property rights, biodiversity and capacity building.
Ag-West Bio, at the forefront of Saskatchewans bio-economy, works
as a catalyst for partnerships and industry growth through investments,
aiding strategic alliances, providing regulatory advice and communications.
Integral to the development of one of North America's most successful
life science clusters, consider Ag-West Bio your complete resource for
bio-science information in Saskatchewan.
Publishes articles that provide unbiased, timely information and new ideas
leading to socially responsible and economically efficient decisions in
science, public policy, and private strategies pertaining to agricultural
- Agriculture & Biotechnology Strategies (Canada) Inc.
Provides scientific and regulatory expertise in environmental risk assessment,
integrated pest management, and agricultural biotechnology; Offers basic
information about plants with novel traits, including genetically engineered
crop species, and other general agricultural biotechnology related information.
Publishes current information about biotechnology and biosafety for researchers
and policy makers; Provides access to information on genetic engineering,
in vitro culture, biosafety, intellectual property rights, and other key
issues in agricultural biotechnology; A project of CAB International and
the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project.
Provides information to consumers, farmers, and researchers on the impact
and benefits of biotechnology on the agri-food system in Canada, including
agricultural pesticide use, crop biotechnology developments, and other
related environmental issues.
Risk Management & Communication
Maintains FSnet (on Food Safety), Agnet (on plant agriculture), and AnimalNet
(on animal agriculture), which are electronic communications tools intended
to assist in risk analysis activities, identify issues for risk management
and communication activities, promote awareness of public concerns in
scientific and regulatory circles; and exchange timely and current information
for direction of research, diagnostic, or investigative activities.
Biotechnology for Sustainable Productivity Support Project (US)
Takes an integrated approach, combining applied research, product development,
and policy development—primarily biosafety and intellectual property rights
(IPR)—to help developing countries use and manage biotechnology.
Genome Information System (US)
Provides genome information for agriculturally important organisms, encompassing
mostly crop and livestock animal species, and databases with germplasm
and plant gene nomenclature data. AGIS is a cooperative effort between
the Department of Plant Biology, University of Maryland, and the USDA's
National Agricultural Library Genome Informatics Group.
An online directory on agriculture and its surrounding industry. Includes
press releases, a discussion forum, links to companies, universities,
publications, conferences, weather, news and more
American Crop Protection
Promotes the environmentally sound use of crop protection and plant biotechnology
products for the production of food, fiber, and other crops. Studies and
promotes the technical fit and environmental soundness of plant biotechnology
as part of integrated crop production, including trade, labeling/segregation,
and insect resistance management.
Regulatory information for Belgium, Europe, and other countries; Risk
assessment data; Biosafety related meetings, conferences, and courses.
An interactive guide to biotechnology support and regulations in the UK;
Includes current information on the UK's main trade associations, universities,
and European standards of work for biotechnology.
Online Journal Biosafety
Original papers on the effects of GMOs and introduced species on people
and the environment; Containment of potentially hazardous organisms; Biosafety
reviews; Accounts of risk assessment and hazard analysis and follow up
Information Network and Advisory Service (BINAS)
A service of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Global developments in regulatory issues in biotechnology; Regulations
and guidelines from many countries; Publications dealing with regulatory
policy and issues pertaining to biological risk assessment; DTree-Lite,
a pilot decision support system for safety assessment of GM crop plants.
Information System (BIS)
A technical data resource providing biosafety information to researchers,
institutions, and governments covering various safety aspects of biotechnology;
Includes information on field trials of GMOs in Brazil, national and international
biosafety regulations and guidelines, and biosafety news.
and Assessment of Technology Impacts
Published by the Swiss Priority Program from the Swiss National Science
Foundation. Scientific reports on safety assessment of recombinant rabies
vaccine; Foods derived from genetically modified organisms; Genetic engineering
for plant protection; Environmental and agricultural safety considerations
of transgenic crops.
Responds to the needs of the biotechnology industry and research community
in Canada and internationally; Provides a unified voice for agriculture,
research, health, environment, and aquaculture biotechnology in Canada;
Assists with regulation and policy advocacy, human resources, communications,
intellectual property, and community services.
Provides a collection of news items and technical reports from magazines,
newspapers, journals and the Internet on issues related to biotechnology,
especially those critical of genetically modified crops in agriculture.
Supported by the Wallace Genetic Foundation through a grant to the Consumer
Policy Institute / Consumers Union.
and Development Monitor
A publication of the Department of Political Science of the University
of Amsterdam and the Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Reports
local, national, and international applications of biotechnology of special
interest to developing countries.
Food Security and Safety
The fourth volume of an electronic journal of the US Department of State
focused on food safety issues of biotechnology. Provides many informative
articles on broader issues related to GMOs and extensive links to many
other biotechnology sites.
Regulatory developments in biotechnology in OECD member countries; Indicates
the Ministry/Agency for each OECD member country responsible for regulatory
oversight of modern biotechnology products intended for release to the
environment; Provides the relevant laws, regulations and/or rules, and
contact points; Information on commercialized applications and product
Facilitates biotechnology-based applications in the agri-food and environmental
management fields of Latin America; Promotes agri-food industry development;
Increases public awareness of risks and benefits.
Food Inspection Agency - Plant Biotechnology Office
Provides the Canada's agri-food and seed industries with current information
on the safety assessment of plants with novel traits, confined trials,
and unconfined releases.
Center for Global Food
The Center uses its worldwide overview of food and farming to assess
policies, improve farmers' understanding of the new globalized farm economy,
and heighten awareness of the environmental impacts of various farming
systems and food policies.
for International Development at Harvard University
Provides a forum for public debate on the role of biotechnology in global
society especially as it relates to development of third world societies.
Undertakes research and promotes dialogue on biotechnology policy with
specific reference to international development. Includes papers and viewpoints
presented at the International Conference on Biotechnology in the Global
Economy held at Harvard University.
(Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) Promotes sustainable
agricultural development based on the environmentally sound management
of natural resources. Links to the 16 International Agriculture Research
Centers of CGIAR.
Develops improved germplasm, especially maize and wheat varieties with
built-in genetic resistance; Conducts research on conserving natural resources,
economics, biotechnology, crop physiology, and ecosystem management; Promotes
conservation and utilization of maize and wheat genetic resources from
throughout the world.
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit public policy organization
dedicated to advancing the principles of free enterprise and limited government.
(National Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biosafety) Provides consultation
and technical support to the Argentinean government on regulations concerning
the introduction and environmental release of transgenic material.
Convention on Biological
Addresses all aspects of biological diversity: genetic resources, species,
and ecosystems; Reports from meetings on Biosafety; maintains Biosafety
Clearing-House; database of Conventions of the Parties (COP) decisions.
Biotechnology: Feeds for the Dairy Industry
Contains information on transgenic crop traits, regulations, feed trials
and a consumer survey.
Genetic Engineering for Plant Improvement
Enhances plant performance and product quality through gene technology;
Applies strategic research in the plant sciences to promote profitable
and sustainable agri-food, fiber, and horticultural industries, develop
novel plant products, and improve natural resource management.
Plant Science Center
Facilitates interdisciplinary research in genetics, chemistry, cell biology,
biochemistry, computational genomics, and structural biology to sustain
productivity in agriculture, forestry, and allied fields, and to facilitate
the rapid development and commercialization of promising technologies
(European Federation of Biotechnology) Stimulates interactions between
research groups and the agri-industry to expand the range of food and
non-food applications of biotechnology, help disseminate scientific information,
and develop teaching aids for biotechnology.
Task Group on Public Perceptions of Biotechnology
Fosters public awareness and understanding of agricultural biotechnology
and encourages public debate; Contains Briefing Papers on ethical aspects,
public opinion surveys, environmental concerns, and public dialog reports.
Electronic Journal of
Publishes electronic journal articles in biotechnology including molecular
biology and the chemistry of biological processes, aquatic and earth environmental
aspects, computational applications, and policy issues directly related
European Plant Biotech
Provides information about plant biotechnology research, funded by the
European Commission, designed to improve the nutritional value of food
products, create stress-tolerant and disease-resistant plants for agriculture,
and aid biodiversity monitoring to help protect the environment.
Food Animal Biotechnology
A clearinghouse of information used to develop competitive, integrated
food production systems that provide safe, economical food products through
the utilization of molecular tools and methods. Emphasizes health and
disease resistance, modulation of growth and reproduction, and development
of genetic maps and markers for biological performance.
Provides information about food biotechnology with links to specialized
organizations and individuals, information referrals, monthly fax newsletter,
regional network of experts, and issues management activities.
Information Unit (GTIU)
Reviews of and guidelines for all work involving gene technology for Australian
regulatory authorities; Specific reports on the assessment and management
of biosafety risk factors, labeling, herbicide and pest resistant crops,
and patenting and gene technology.
Manipulation Advisory Committee (GMAC)
Oversees the development and use of innovative genetic manipulation techniques
in Australia so that risks to workers or potential hazards to the community
or environment associated with the genetics of manipulated organisms are
identified and can be managed.
Food Safety Assessment
An index of online resources concerning GM food safety from governments,
universities, industry and NGOs.
A compilation of molecular and phenotypic information on wheat, barley,
oats, rye, and sugarcane; Outlines priority needs for biotechnological
approaches to wheat and barley improvement; Supported by the USDA/NAL
Plant Genome Research.
Biosafety Web Pages
Promotes the safe use of biotechnology worldwide with special regard to
the needs of the developing world. Includes a library of selected documents
on biosafety, links to biosafety-related webpages, and bibliographic database
on biosafety studies published since 1990.
Special reports, technical information, and regulations on biotechnology
including CODEX and Food Labeling; Plants with Novel Traits; Livestock
Animals Derived from Biotechnology; and Biofertilizers. Maintained by
the Office of Biotechnology of Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Provides information on agricultural and environmental biotechnology research,
product development, regulatory issues, and biosafety. Supported by a
grant from the USDA/CSREES National Biological Impact Assessment Program
(NBIAP) to Virginia Tech.
Biotechnology Information (IBI)
Provides information on commercial biotechnology to organizations worldwide
in a variety of formats, including databases, publications, and special
studies. Provides Information Systems for Biotechnology with the Companies,
State Contacts, and Biotechnology Centers databases.
Institute for Trade,
Standards and Sustainable Development
Provides an informed, reasoned, and dispassionate voice to the global
Field Test Web Sites
A list of Web sites containing information about field tests in several
countries. Provided by Ann Courtmanche at Rutgers University.
Food Information Council: Food Biotechnology
A nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that provides reports,
brochures, resources, and general information on food biotechnology to
journalists, health professionals, educators, government officials, and
Information Program: Global Issues on Biotechnology
Provides the US Government with information on agricultural biotechnology;
Recent congressional testimony on biotechnology regulatory issues; Links
to international agreements on biosafety and biodiversity protocols, US
Government regulatory oversight departments, and industry associations.
for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)
Facilitates the transfer of agricultural biotechnology applications from
industrial to developing countries; Counsels developing countries on the
testing of biotech products; Assists in the implementation of biosafety
and food safety regulatory procedures, the deployment of resistance genes,
and with intellectual property rights.
on Environmental Releases
(Information Resource for the Release of Organisms to the Environment)
An information network run on a non-profit basis, which aims to provide
access to all types of information relevant to the release of animals,
plants, and microorganisms into the environment.
Biotechnology Web Site
Provides information on ISNAR's activities in agricultural biotechnology
by addressing the policy, management, and organizational needs of countries
in the process of building capacity and competency in biotechnology.
Joint Research Centre
- European Commission
Summaries of field trials held in European Commission member countries.
Agricultural Biotechnology Council (US)
Compiles and disseminates information to and facilitates active communication
among researchers, administrators, policymakers, practitioners, and others
to ensure the safe and efficacious development of biotechnology.
Provides access to and distribution of biotechnology data among researchers,
and training in biotechnology. Active in developing new sources and types
of biotechnology databases.
An Online Guide to over 10,000 Biotechnology and Pharmceutical Companies.
Center for Biotechnology Education
Maintained by the University of Reading. Offers innovative resources for
Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules
(National Institutes of Health) Specifies practices for constructing and
handling: (i) recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecules, and (ii)
organisms and viruses containing recombinant DNA molecules.
Database of Field Trials
A searchable database that includes records of field trials of genetically
modified organisms which have taken place in OECD Member countries and
contains data from other countries provided through UNIDO's BINAS. Summaries
of the data are available.
Helps member country governments and industries with biotechnology product
notifications/assessments, and provides information developed by the Expert
Group on Harmonization of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology.
Courses in Biotechnology
Iowa State University's site for on-line courses in biology, including
Standards for Safely Conducting Research With Genetically Modified Fish
A tool for risk assessment and risk management of genetically modified
fish and shellfish developed by a US Department of Agriculture-sanctioned
working group. The program can also be accessed through the ISB website
under "Risk Assessment," then "Transgenic Fish."
Plant Journal -
special articles on GM Technology
The Plant Journal is published by Blackwell Science in conjunction with
the Society for Experimental Biology. The site's focus is publishing original
research papers in all key areas of modern plant biology from the world's
leading laboratories, to provide a dynamic forum for this ever growing
international research community.
A Technical Cooperation Network on Plant Biotechnology formed to accelerate
the process of adaptation, generation, transfer, and application of plant
biotechnology to contribute to the solution of crop production constraints
and genetic resources conservation for the countries of the Latin American
and Caribbean region.
Koch Institute (RKI) - Center for Gene Technology
Monitors the safety evaluation of genetic resources; Provides procedures
for release and marketing of genetically modified organisms under the
German legislation; Maintains databases of field trials in Germany and
the EU, releases of GMOs, a list of products placed on the market in the
EU, and regulations in other countries.
Royal Society - Genetically Modified Plants for Food Use
Reviews current regulatory controls both in the UK and in Europe, and
addresses questions of gene transfer from GM crops, other specific concerns
of environmental harm, and issues related to GM plants as food.
Talk About Biotechnology
Dupont has put together a website focusing on the history, science, safety
and promise of biotechnology. The site contains a wealth of information
that is useful for individuals new to the science.
Food and Drug Administration: Biotechnology
Information is supplied by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
on issues pertaining to bioengineered foods including announcements, education,
policy statements, consultation procedures, and consumer information.
Environment Programme International Register on Biosafety
Contains information from many sources on biosafety focusing on the establishment
of a regulatory framework for the safe development, transfer, and application
of biotechnology. Provides a list of links to other Web sites concerning
biosafety, biotechnology, and biodiversity.
States Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology
Presents an overview of the activities of agencies primarily responsible
for regulating biotechnology in the United States: the US Department of
Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA).
EPA Toxic Substances Control Act Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
Created to allow more efficient public, governmental, and educational
access to the TSCA Biotechnology Program; Provides Program regulation,
supplementary documents created to support this regulation, and status
reports on the submissions, reviews, and agreements undertaken by the
Agricultural Library Biotechnology Information Center
Provides access to agricultural biotechnology related information services
and publications; Includes theory and techniques of genetic engineering,
plant and animal genetics, monoclonal antibodies, single cell proteins,
food processing, biomass applications, risk assessment, and bioethics;
Provides reference and resource lists of newsletters, bibliographies,
reports, Web sites, and patent information.
Agricultural Biotechnology Information
Describes the USDA's role in regulating and monitoring the use of biotechnology
for agriculture; Includes statements by the Secretary of Agriculture.
Provides regulatory oversight in biotechnology, including laws, regulations,
and rules; Permitting/notification information; Research and trade issues.
Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRARGP)
Assists Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions
about the safety of introducing into the environment genetically modified
organisms, including plants, microorganisms, fungi, bacteria, viruses,
arthropods, fish, birds, mammals, and other animals. Provides scientific
information derived from the risk assessment research it funds.
Biotechnology and Scientific Services
Regulates the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release
of certain genetically engineered plants and microorganisms under Federal
Transgenic Arthropod Team
Involved with the regulation of transgenic arthropods and other invertebrates,
which may include reviewing applications, contributing to or reviewing
environmental assessments, proposing modifications in existing procedures,
and liaisoning with the user community.
Grains Solutions, U.S. Grains Council
Vegrains.org is a site dedicated to Value-Enhanced Grains
(VEG) that encourages the growing opportunity to provide new solutions
to the farm, feed and food sectors--both economically and environmentally.
The site is sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council and has funding support
from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Ateam of experts in food, health, agriculture and environment based in
Helsinki, Finland whose commitment is to promote science and development
and to disseminate news and information.