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Masters in Biotechnology is a resource on educational opportunitites and jobs in the field of Biotechnology.

Agriculture Biotechnology in California Series White Paper, Genetic engineering and pollen flow, from the biotechnology impacts center at the University of California Riverside.  Norman C Ellstrand, ANR publication 8182. 2006

Agriculture Biotechnology in California Series White Paper, Genetic engineering and testing methodologies, from the biotechnology impacts center at the University of California Riverside. Alan McHughen, ANR publication 8190. 2006

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). A well organized website with information on all aspects of biotechnology.

Conversations About Plant Technology has put together an online video in which a Canadian farmer discusses his experience with growing canola engineered to be herbicide resistant.

Fact sheet on Roundup Ready Creeping Bentgrass prepared by OrB. 2005.

Genetic Engineering in California Agriculture, an award wining video produced by UC Biotech. 2006.

GMO safety: Genetic engineering, plants, and the environment, supported by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research, provides extensive, easy to follow information about plant biotech.

Perspective on creeping bentgrass, a White Paper prepared by the USDA/APHIS/BRS.  B MacBryde. 2005

South Africa's Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) runs a program for the Public Understanding of Biotechnology (PUB). PUB's website offers extensive information and resources, including illustrative posters, teaching modules, and animated cartoons.

The Agricultural Biotechnology Communicators (ABC) website, created by a consortium of Land Grant Universities, makes information about agricultural biotechnology available to the public and provides a venue for dialogue concerning benefits and risks. The website inlcudes links to 18 Q&A style information sheets about topics ranging from GE food allerginicity to pollen contamination.

The California Statewide Biotechnology Workgroup has produced three, 30-minute films:

UC Biotech. UC Berkeley's biotechnology site has two searchable databases of scientific information, a searchable glossary of terms, and materials for educators.

What's happening and how does it affect me?  A fact sheet about GE crops prepared by OrB. Dave Harry. 2007

10 things about GE crops to scratch from your worry list.  A PDF version of a blog posting by Pamela Ronald, University of California, Davis. 2008. http://pamelaronald.blogspot.com

 


Conferences

7th International Integrated Pest Management Symposium. "IPM on the World Stage-Solutions for Global Pest Challenges," is a cross-disciplinary, global scale event for professionals in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for idea-sharing and networking. It will be held in Memphis, Tennessee USA on March 27-29, 2012 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.


Biotech News Sources

American Society of Plant Biologists Biotechnology News Page. Science-based news on biotechnology applications and research.

AgBioWorld. An international discussion by mostly pro-biotech scientists.

AgBioForum Magazine. Publishes short, non-technical articles reporting on current research relating to the agbiotech management and economics.

The Science and Development Network. Provides information on science- and technology-related issues that impact the economic and social advancement of developing countries.

The GMO Crop (mis)Information Page. The University of Georgia provides useful (and sometimes funny) info about GMO crops.

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Patenting Issues

BIOS - Biological Innovation for Open Society - a new initiative of CAMBIA to extend the metaphor and concepts of Open Source to biotechnology and other forms of innovation in biology.

PIPRA, Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture - An initiative by universities, foundations and non-profit research institutions to make agricultural technologies more easily available for development and distribution of subsistence crops for humanitarian purposes in the developing world and specialty crops in the developed world.


Regulation

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The home page of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is maintained as part of the Convention on Biological Diversity website. The Protocol pages contain information on ratification of the Protocol, meeting details and documents, and highlights of the program of work of the Conference of the Parties.

Information Systems for Biotechnology. An extensive annotated database of Web sites pertaining to agricultural & environmental biotechnology.

Pubic Research Initiative. A foundation with the objective to involve the public research sector in regulations and international agreements that are relevant for biotechnology. For more information on the initiative, view the FAQs page.

US Biotech Database. This database covers crop plants developed through the use of modern biotechnology that have completed the recommended or required reviews for planting, food, or feed use in the United States.

 

United State Regulatory Agencies Unified Biotechnology. This website gives information concerning the regulatory oversight of agricultural products made using biotech. This website also has a searchable database with information on genetically engineered crops that have meet all the US governments regulations for food, feed, or planting use.

 


Peer-Reviewed Publications

American Scientist. The magazine of Sigma XI, the Scientific Research Society.

MedBio World. Links to Genetics, Genomics & Biotechnology Journals

Nature Biotechnology. The world's foremost academic journal covering the science and business of biotechnology, published by Nature Publishing Group in London.

Science Magazine. The international weekly science journal, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

UCBiotech scientific literature database. With over 1000 scientific publications relating to agricultural biotechnology. Searchable. Click on 'scientific database' in the navigation bar.


Biotech in the Developing World

FAO Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture. Search the database of member country profiles for information on research, patents, policies, products and more.

International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications. The ISAAA is a non-profit international organization co-sponsored by public and private sector institutions that facilitates the acquisition and transfer of agricultural biotechnology applications from industrial countries to developing countries, particularly proprietary technology from the private sector.


Health & Environment

Agriculture Biotechnology in California Series White Paper, Some food and environmental safety issues with GE products: A scientific perspective, from the biotechnology impacts center at the University of California Riverside.  Peggy G Lemaux, ANR publication 8187.  2006

Golden Rice Online Video. Interviews with The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and the two inventors of Golden Rice. Available online or on a free DVD.

Golden Rice - Resources and Opinions. AgBioWorld has a thorough collection of articles and links on Golden Rice.

Herbicide Resistance Action Committee. A website for farmers, advisors and researchers for information on which herbicides are best suited to combat specific resistant weeds.

International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds. This website, maintained by global collaboration between weed scientists, monitors the evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds and assess their impact throughout the world.

World Health Organization. The WHO Biotechnology Site provides information on genetically modified foods in regards to food safety.


Animals & Cloning

Animal Biotechnology Website. Coordinated by the Federation of Animal Science Societies

Animal Genomics and Biotechnology. UC Davis. Contains information on genomics, biotechnology, cloning, transgenics, concerns, and marker-assisted breeding in animals as well as specific information on cattle, poultry, pig, sheep, goats, and aquatic animals.

Cloning – a life of Dolly. The Roslin Institute, the cloners of Dolly, provides information on Dolly, as well as general info on cloning, animal welfare, animal breeding, and genetic modification.

Exploring the Moral and Ethical Aspects of Genetically Engineered and Cloned Animals. 2005 Workshop Proceedings offered by the Pew Initiative on Biotechnology.


Opinion  

Public Opinion

Eurobarometer. A website for the Public Opinion Analysis sector of the European Commission.

Organizations with Opinions on Biotechnology

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). A website with information on all aspects of biotechnology created by the trade organization of biotech companies.

Council for Biotechnology Information. Updates on commercial benefits, funded by biotech companies and associations.

Friends of the Earth. An international organization that opposes the use of GE crops.

Greenpeace. This organization opposes all outdoor planting of GE crops without regard to benefit or risk of specific applications.

Organic Consumers Association. Contains links to news articles and resources relating to biotechnology. It opposes all GE crops.

Physicians for Social Responsibility, Oregon Chapter. The group behind a bill to place a four-year moratorium on biopharmaceuticals in Oregon.

Union of Concerned Scientists. UCS does not support or oppose genetic engineering entirely, but encourages the use of caution and regulation to assess new technologies on a case-by-case basis.

Sierra Club. America's oldest and largest environmental organization opposes GE foods.

The Campaign to Label GM Foods. Strongly anti-GE; home of a nation-wide effort to lobby the federal government to stringently label GE products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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