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“We’re not opposed to transgenic technology; we’re just an alternative to transgenic technology.” David Voss of Cibus
“We’re expecting in the next 5-10 years an additional 90 traits and if you add combinations of those traits that number could even get higher.” Janice Tranberg of CropLife Canada
Online Module Explains
Plant Genetic Resources
Bioversity International has recently published a new online training module called the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and its Standard Material Transfer Agreement. The module aims to “explain the Treaty in the context of other international agreements and how to use its SMTA to exchange crop diversity.”
In addition, the module provide tips in the conduct of various activities associated with plant genetic resources including the understanding of legislation related to access of genetic resources, intellectual property rights relevant to research on plant genetic resources, and various materials to further enhance the capacity of scientists working on plant genetic resources research and conservation. Materials are available in English, French and Spanish.
The Future Prospects of Biotech Crops
In this video, Clive James of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications predicts a cautious but optimistic view of how biotechnology can make a substantial contribution to crop productivity from 2010-2015.
Study Pinpoints Training Needs for Future Plant Breeders
Recent graduates from plant breeding programs need more than scientific know-how to support this increasingly important part of the agricultural industry. To be effective plant breeders, they should also be equipped with strong critical thinking and time management skills, and a well-founded work ethic. This was the conclusion reached by researchers at UC Davis, who surveyed more than 200 experts in the field about the most important components of programs training students to be plant breeders.
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