Home Page Link AgBioWorld Home Page
About AgBioWorld Donations Ag-Biotech News Declaration Supporting Agricultural Biotechnology Ag-biotech Info Experts on Agricultural Biotechnology Contact Links Subscribe to AgBioView Home Page

AgBioView Archives

A daily collection of news and commentaries on

Subscribe AgBioView Read Archives

Subscribe AgBioView Subscribe

Search AgBioWorld Search Site

Ag-Biotech Links



Agricultural Biotechnology Links

The 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 questions.

EFB Biodiversity Section
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 Ammann, klaus.ammann@ips.unibe.ch

Declaration 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.

Informing 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.

Scientists for Labor
Works to ensure that the government of the day maintains a clear commitment to science in the United Kingdom.

Advisory 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
Ag-West Bio, at the forefront of Saskatchewan’s 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.

AgBioForum Magazine
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 biotechnology.

AgBioS - 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.

Agri-Food 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.

Agricultural 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.

Agricultural 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 Association
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.

Belgian Biosafety Server
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.

Bioline 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 monitoring.

Biosafety 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.

Biosafety 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.

Biosafety Research 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.

Bio-Tech Infonet
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.

Biotechnology 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.

Biotechnology: 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.

BioTrack Online
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 approvals.

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.

Canada 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 Issues
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.

Center 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.

CGIAR Research Centers
(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 Diversity
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.

Crop Biotechnology: Feeds for the Dairy Industry
Contains information on transgenic crop traits, regulations, feed trials and a consumer survey.

CSIRO: 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.

Donald Danforth 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 and products.

EFB Agri-Biotechnology
(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.

EFB 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 Biotechnology
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 to biotechnology.

European Plant Biotech Network
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 Center
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.

Food Biotechnology Communications Network
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.

Gene Technology 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.

Genetic 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.

GM 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.

ICGEB 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.

Info AgBiotech
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.

Information Systems for Biotechnology
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.

Institute for 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 public debate.

International Field Test Web Sites
A list of Web sites containing information about field tests in several countries. Provided by Ann Courtmanche at Rutgers University.

International 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 consumers.

International 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.

International Service 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.

IRRO Databases 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.

ISNAR 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.

National 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.

National Biotechnology Information Facility
Provides access to and distribution of biotechnology data among researchers, and training in biotechnology. Active in developing new sources and types of biotechnology databases.

National Biotech Register
An Online Guide to over 10,000 Biotechnology and Pharmceutical Companies.

National Center for Biotechnology Education
Maintained by the University of Reading. Offers innovative resources for biotechnology education.

NIH 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.

OECD's 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.

OECD Biotrack Online
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.

On-Line Courses in Biotechnology
Iowa State University's site for on-line courses in biology, including biotechnology.

Performance Standards for Safely Conducting Research With Genetically Modified Fish and Shellfish
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."

The 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.

Robert 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.

The 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.

Straight 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.

US 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.

United Nations 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.

United 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).

US 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 program.

USDA National 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.

USDA 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.

USDA 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.

USDA/APHIS Biotechnology and Scientific Services
Regulates the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered plants and microorganisms under Federal Regulations.

USDA/APHIS 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.

Value-Enhanced 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.

World Food RD, LTD
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.