Agricultural Biotechnology: Country Case Studies- A Decade of Development

Edited by Gabrielle J. Persley and L Reginald Maclntyre, New India Pub, 2006, Biotechnology in Agriculture Series, No. 25, xx, 228 p, ISBN : 818942209X, $70.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Contents: Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgements. Acronyms and abbreviations. Dedication. I. Introductory review: 1. Agricultural biotechnology: global challenges and emerging science/Gabrielle J. Persley. II. Asia/Pacific: 2. China/Qifa Zhang. 3. India/Manju Sharma. 4. Indonesia/P.J. Dart, I.H. Slamet-Loedin and E. Sukara. 5. Pakistan/Yusuf Zafar. 6. Philippines/Reynaldo E. de la Cruz. 7. Thailand/Morakot Tanticharoen. III. Africa: 8. Egypt/Magdy A. Madkour. 9. Kenya/N.K. Olembo. 10. Zimbabwe/C.J. Chetsanga. IV. Latin America: 11. Brazil/Maria Jose Amstalden Sampaio. 12. Colombia/Ricardo Torres and Cesar Falconi. 13. Costa Rica/Ana Sittenfeld, Ana Mercedes Espinoza, Miguel Munoz and Alejandro Zamora. Index.

"Biotechnology is having a profound impact on agricultural research and productivity, and developing countries need to organize their national research systems accordingly. The development of a well-defined national biotechnology strategy and a plan of activities, which clearly delineates priorities for the public sector and private sector, is a critical step for the implementation of an effective national programme in biotechnology, which makes efficient use of domestic and external resources.

The publication reviews the status of biotechnological research in agriculture in a selected group of countries, including China, India, Kenya and Brazil. It will hopefully stimulate wider public debate that will add to the growing body of knowledge in this sometimes controversial area of modern agricultural research. The book will appeal to research workers and policy makers in agricultural biotechnology and development studies."

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