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Biotechnology and Agricultural Development
Transgenic Cotton, Rural Institutions and Resource-poor Farmers

Edited by Rob Tripp
ISBN: 978-0-415-54384-2 - May 2009 - Routledge
This book addresses the continuing controversy over the potential impact of genetically modified (GM) crops in developing countries. Supporters of the technology claim it offers one of the best hopes for increasing agricultural production and reducing rural poverty, while opponents see it as an untested intervention that will bring corporate control of peasant farming. The book examines the issues by reviewing the experience of GM, insect-resistant cotton, the most widely grown GM crop in developing countries.

More sustainable food: Genetically modified seeds in organic farming
Mertxe de Renobales Scheifler
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Pharmacy Faculty
University of the Basque Country

The Future Control of Food: A Guide to International Negotiations and Rules on Intellectual Property, Biodiversity and Food Security
Geoff Tansey and Tasmin Rajotte, co-editors
Earthscan Publications Ltd, ISBN-10: 1844074293, ISBN-13: 978-1844074297

ISTA Handbook on Pure Seed Definitions (3rd edition)
Mannino, M.R. J. Taylor and S. Jones. 2009
This handbook will expand on and illustrate the pure seed definitions (PSDs)
of the International Rules for Seed Testing. It will be valuable in training programs on purity testing. Illustrations of the most relevant genera within a PSD will provide practical guidance on the application of each definition. Each PSD is illustrated with scaled color photographs or line drawings. A comprehensive glossary of scientific
terms applying to seed purity is also included.
ISTA Publication price: CHF270 ($245).

Vegetable Seed Production (3rd edition)
George, R.A. 2009
Providing broad expert coverage of the horticultural production of vegetables grown from seed, this new edition also explores the production of genetically modified crops,
organic seed production, honey bee population and packaging. Further updates from the last edition include full revisions throughout the text, summary boxes for quick reference, further reading sections and fully updated references, making this an essential read for horticulturalists, researchers, seed scientists, vegetable producers, students, technicians and practitioners in vegetable seed production.
CABI, ISBN 9781845935214 (HP); 320 pp; Price:£65/$130/€100

Seed Business Management in Africa
J.F. MacRobert, CIMMYT, Harare, Zimbabwe (June 2009)
This book, although targeted to the African business environment, is likely to benefit
newly emerging seed enterprises worldwide. Different from other maize seed production books, it links technical and business related aspects, and most importantly draws on the experiences of entrepreneurs who have successfully managed small and large seed businesses under most difficult conditions.

The African Seed Company Toolbox
52 Tools Every Seed Company Manager Should Know How To Use
The African Seed Company Toolbox is a collection of tools written for managers of seed companies in sub-Saharan Africa working with smallholder farmers. The tools cover a variety of topics in three general areas: production, marketing and distribution, and business management. Included as part of the Toolbox is a set of interactive exhibits which can be customized for individual company use. The Toolbox was constructed by Aline O’Connor Funk, based on input and questions from the managers of 20 African seed companies, and was funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Toolbox Contents (PDF)
Toolbox Exhibits (Excel, Word, and Power Point documents)

Modern Biotechnology and Agriculture: A History of the Commercialization of Biotech Maize in the Philippines
Dr. Leonardo A. Gonzales, Dr. Emil Q. Javier, Dr. Dolores A. Ramirez, Dr. Flerida Cariño, and Mr. Arthur Baria
Discusses modern biotechnology as it narrates the events preceding the safe commercialization of GM Corn in the Philippines. Limited copies of the book are available at SIKAP/STRIVE Foundation Office.

Physiological Disorder of Vegetable Crops
Dr. Piyush Verma.
ISBN 978-81-904514-1-3
Physiological Disorders of Vegetable Crops is the ever first publication exclusively devoted to the subject. The text describes individual disorders of all important vegetable crops. Being fully illustrated, the book will be a great tool in correct diagnosis of disorders. Besides this, the comprehensive chapters on losses due to disorders, causes of disorders, mineral nutrition of vegetable crops and management of disorders through cultural practices and a glossary will make the book valuable to a wide audience, including educators, researchers, extension consultants, students and vegetables growers and exporters.

The Viking in the Wheat Field — A Scientist’s Struggle to Preserve the World Harvest
Susan Dworkin
Walker & Company, November 2009
ISBN-10: 0802717403 / ISBN-13: 978-0802717405

Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) - November 2009
This book examines how policies, programs, and investments in pro-poor agricultural development have helped to substantially reduce hunger across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The 20 success stories presented here provide both lessons and inspiration for continued efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition among the one billion people still facing this scourge.
Full text of book: Download (PDF 17.7MB)

Hybrid - The history & Science of Plant Breeding
Noel Kingsbury
The University of Chicago Press - September 2009
Drawing on historical and scientific accounts, as well as a rich trove of anecdotes, Noel Kingsbury shows how scientists, amateur breeders, and countless anonymous farmers and gardeners slowly caused the evolutionary pressures of nature to be supplanted by those of human needs—and thus led us from sparse wild grasses to succulent corn cobs, and from mealy, white wild carrots to the juicy vegetables we enjoy today.
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An introduction to plant breeding
Jack Brown and Peter Caligari
ISBN: 978-1-4051-3344-9
February 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

Tall Fescue for the Twenty-first Century
H.A. Fribourg, D.B. Hannaway, and C.P. West, ed.
The story of tall fescue is not just a story for grass scientists, but for scientists. Beginning with the discovery of a green Kentucky pasture, and the spiral of poor animal performance that followed, the study of tall fescue is an ongoing puzzle, with an intricate series of biochemical and physiological processes and interactions among animals, plants, fungi, and the environment. It reveals how science develops and moves through disciplines, challenges, and new advances in research and technology. Topics covered include the history and classification of tall fescue; its ecological suitability and adaptation; establishment and management; pests and control methods; its utilization, quality, and anti-quality factors; genetic improvement; seed production and marketing; and turf and conservation uses.  
Hardcover, 540 pages, 2009; ASA, CSSA, SSSA. Agron. Monogr. 53. ISBN: 978-0-89118-172-9. Item number: B40725.

When Disaster Strikes: A Guide to Assessing Seed System Security (PDF)
A practical assessment tool. It will help emergency relief agencies and their field workers to decide whether a seed-related intervention is warranted in the first place, and if so, to design the best strategy to help farmers. The method is laid out in seven steps. Each includes how-to notes, guiding questions, and action checklists. Besides helping agencies understand and cope with acute stresses on seed systems, the guide also tackles the issue of longer-term stresses and how to take advantage of development opportunities.

Cotton: World Statistics
The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)
The 2009 edition includes World cotton supply/demand statistics since 1920/21 and by country since 1940/41 to date. Includes also production, area, yield, consumption, imports, exports and stocks. Five-year projections. Monthly and seasonal average prices of cotton and polyester; comparison of ICAC forecasts since 1990 with actual results. Released annually with tables updated in May for Internet access only.

Current Research Projects in Cotton
Published every 3 years, this report has been updated in October 2007 and presents data on different countries for the 2006/07 season. Many countries report data by region or type of cotton. The costs of all field operations starting from pre-sowing to harvesting as well as ginning, economic and fixed costs are determined and computed to determine the cost of production of cotton per hectare and per kilogram.

Les filières céréalières - Organisation et nouveaux défis
Coordination éditoriale de Joël Abecassis, Jacques-Éric Bergez
Éditeur Quae - Juin 2009
ISBN-13 978-2-7592-0318-5
Référence 02117

Regulating Agricultural Biotechnology
Economics and Policy

Series: Natural Resource Management and Policy , Vol. 30
Just, Richard E.; Alston, Julian M.; Zilberman, David (Eds.)
2006, VIII, 732 p. 47 illus., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-387-36952-5

The Political Economy of Genetically Modified Foods
Edited by Robert E. Evenson, Professor of Economics, Yale University, US and Terri Raney, Senior Economist and Editor, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Edward Elgar Publishing 2007

Communicating Crop Biotechnology: Stories from Stakeholders
International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)
Highlights well-documented stories from different stakeholders on the benefits of crop biotechnology and the ways by which the ISAAA’s global knowledge sharing network responded to their need for accurate, and science-based information on crop biotechnology.

Modification of Seed Composition to Promote Health and Nutrition
Hari B. Krishnan, ed.
Published by Crop Science Society of America

328 pages, 2009; ASA, CSSA, SSSA. Agron. Monogr. 51. ISBN: 978-0-89118-169-9. Item number: B40723
Can we make a peanut less allergic? Can we grow a vaccine? Can a seed oil outperform fish oil? Can we develop a "super grain" that conquers world malnutrition? Biotechnology and its advancements offer a realistic means to improve the overall nutritional quality of seeds. Modification of Seed Composition to Promote Health and Nutrition gathers the current state-of-the-art information on biotechnological improvement of seed composition with a primary focus on improving the nutritional value of human food. Chapters included in this book, contributed by prominent scientists from around the world, will become a valuable resource for students and researchers engaged in modification of seed composition. 

Wheat: Science and Trade
Dr. Brett Carver, Oklahoma Wheat Research Genetics Foundation Chair
ISBN: 978-0-8138-2024-8

Handbook of Plant Breeding , Vol. 3
Carena, Marcelo J. (Ed.)
2009, XIV, 426 p. 40 illus., 13 in color., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-387-72294-8

The Garden of Invention
Jane S. Smith
A wide-ranging and delightful narrative history of the celebrated plant breeder Luther Burbank and the business of farm and garden in early twentieth century America

The Bioeconomy to 2030
OECD Publishing
Designing a Policy Agenda
Describes the current status of biotechnologies and, using quantitative analyses of data, it estimates biotechnological developments to 2015. Using other inputs, it creates scenarios to 2030.

2008-09 European arable crop profit margins
Graham Brookes
6th edition

Socio-economic impacts of non-transgenic biotechnologies in developing countries: The case of plant micropropagation in Africa
FAO 2009

Compendium of Transgenic Crop Plants
10 Volume Set
Chittaranjan Kole (Editor), Timothy C. Hall (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-6924-0
Hardcover, 2776 pages
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

Environmental Impact of Genetically Modified Crops
Edited by N. Ferry, University of Newcastle and A. Gatehouse, University of Newcastle
CABI Publishing

Protection des cultures - De l'agrochimie à l'agroécologie
Jean-Philippe Deguine, Pierre Ferron, Derek Russell
Ed. Quæ, 2008

Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food
Pamela C. Ronald & Raoul Adamchak
ISBN10: 0195301757

Handbook of Seed Science and Technology
Amarjit S. Basra, Editor (2006)
Binghamton, NY: Food Products
Press. xviii,795 pp.

Seed Storage of Horticultural Crops
Doijode, S.D. (2001)
Binghamton, NY: Food Products Press.
xvi, 339 pp.

Agricultural Biomarkers for Array Technology
Jürg E. Frey, Frédérique Pasquer
(Hardback) 2008
ISBN 978-3-033-01770-2
The main objective of the COST Action 853 was to establish and support microarray technology as a new tool for breeding, diagnosis, and high throughput screening in the field of agriculture. Overall, the Action was highly succesful and the established knowledge will be an important cornerstone for continuing efforts in the field of microarray diagnostics for many years to come.
This book contains articles from many different authors.

Convivint amb transgènics
David Bueno
Universidad de Barcelona 2008
Què són els transgènics? Com es generen? En els darrers anys estem vivint una autèntica revolució mediàtica pel que fa a l’enginyeria genètica: seqüenciacions de genomes, teràpies gèniques, plantes transgèniques… Notícies que no tan sols interessen pel seu vessant tècnic, sinó també pel seu vessant social. Són moltes les opinions que susciten aquestes noves eines. Per poder seguir i entrar en aquest debat, res millor que estar-ne ben informat. Aquest llibre ofereix una descripció clara sobre què són els transgèncics i com es generen. En ell trobareu informació contrastada sobre la manipulació genètica de microorga-nismes, animals i plantes, incloent-hi la terapia gènica en humans. En el darrer capítol, a més, l’autor esposa els principals problemes ètics que se’ls atribueixen, mostrant, a més, la cobertura legislativa que regeix sobre ells.

Hybrid Vegetable Development
Edited by Singh, P.K., Dasgupta, S.K., Tripathi, S.K. (2004)
Binghamton, NY: Food Products Press. xv, 441 pp.
Hard Cover ISBN: 978-1-56022-118-0 / Soft Cover ISBN: 978-1-56022-119-7

International Standards for Fruit and Vegetables, Cucumbers
OECD Publishing

Convivir con los transgénicos
David Bueno i Torrens

Governing Agrobiodiversity Plant Genetics and Developing Countries
Regine Andersen
Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway
ISBN: 978-0-7546-4741-6

Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering
Craig Holdrege & & Steve Talbott
University Press of Kentucky: 2008
272 pp. ISBN:978-0-8131-2484-1

Integration of Insect-Resistant Genetically Modified Crops within IPM Programs
Edited by Jörg Romeis (Agroscope ART, Switzerland), Anthony Shelton (Cornell University, USA) and George Kennedy (North Carolina State University, USA)
Publisher Springer Netherlands  -  DOI 10.1007/978-1-4020-8373-0 
ISBN 978-1-4020-8372-3 (Print) 978-1-4020-8373-0 (Online)

Comprehensive synthesis of the role of insect-resistant GM crops in crop protection. Edited with the goal of providing an overview of the role insect-resistant GM plants play in different crop systems worldwide. A total of 42 authors from around the globe have reviewed the latest available information on insect-resistant GM crops, ranging from their biological and ecological activity to their economic and social impact. The editors hope the book will contribute to a more rational debate about the role GM crops can play in IPM for food and fiber production.

Seed Wars: Controversies and Cases on Plant Genetic Resources and Intellectual Property
Dr. Keith Aoki, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis
Carolina Academic Press 2008  -  ISBN: 978-1-59460-050-0
Seed Wars is a comprehensive overview of the current domestic and international legal controversies regarding intellectual property protections for plant genetic resources (PGRs) over the past three decades.

The Transformation of Agri-Food Systems
Globalization, Supply Chains and Smallholder Farmers

Ellen B. McCullough, Prabhu L. Pingali and Kostas G. Stamoulis
Publication date 23 August 2008 - ISBN 9781844075683 / 9781844075690 
The driving forces of income growth, demographic shifts, globalization and technical change have led to a reorganization of food systems from farm to plate. The characteristics of supply chains - particularly the role of supermarkets - linking farmers have changed, from consumption and retail to wholesale, processing, procurement and production. This has had a dramatic effect on smallholder farmers, particularly in developing countries. This book presents a comprehensive framework for assessing the impacts of changing agri-food systems on smallholder farmers, recognizing the importance of heterogeneity between developing countries as well as within them. The book includes a number of case studies from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, which are used to illustrate differences in food systems' characteristics and trends. The country case studies explore impacts on the small farm sector across different countries, local contexts, and farm types.

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2008-2017
This 2008 edition of the OECD/FAO Agricultural Outlook covers the outlook for commodity markets during the 2008 to 2017 period, and brings together the commodity, policy and country expertise of both Organisations. The report analyses world market trends for the main agricultural products, as well as biofuels and provides an assessment of agricultural market prospects for production, consumption, trade, stocks and prices of the included commodities.  This publication includes Statlinks, URLs linking to Excel® spreadsheet files containing background data, as well as a special chapter on high prices which analyses whether they are here to stay. The market projections cover OECD countries, as well as other key agricultural players including India, China, Brazil, the Russian Federation and Argentina, and many other non-OECD countries and regions.  In total, the projections encompass 39 countries and 19 regions.

Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries
At a Glance 2008
This 2008 edition of OECD's annual reporting on estimates of support to agriculture includes a general evaluation, individual chapters on agricultural policy developments in OECD countries, and extensive statistical information on support broken down by type of support and commodity.

Mycotoxins Detection Methods, Management, Public Health and Agricultural Trade
Edited by J Leslie, Kansas State University, USA; R Bandyopadhyay, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria; A Visconti, Institute of Sciences of Food Production, Italy
Published by CABI Publishing.
The book is the principal proceedings from the MycoGlobe mycotoxin conference organized by IITA and the MycoGlobe Project of the European Commission in Accra during 13-16 September 2005. It comprises of 35 chapters authored by the renowned experts from all over the world, and provides an overview and introduction to mycotoxins and their impact from a public health viewpoint and examines the health, trade and legislation issues involved. Management of mycotoxins – from technical (includes chapters on breeding and molecular biology), institutional and policy aspects -- is discussed in detail as well as the global problems caused by them.

Proceedings of the COST SUSVAR Fusarium workshop: Fusarium diseases in cereals - potential impact from sustainable cropping systems
S. Vogelgsang, M. Jalli, G. Kovacs, G. Vida
December 2007 - Number of pages 52
This proceeding is the outcome of the workshop held in the COST 860 SUSVAR network on 1-2 June 2007 in Hungary.

Proceedings of the COST SUSVAR workshop on Varietal characteristics of cereals in different growing systems with special emphasis on below ground traits
Hanne Oestergaard
May 2007 - ISBN 978-87-550-3648-2
This proceeding document includes papers based on oral and poster presentations at the COST 860-SUSVAR workshop on varietal characteristics of cereals in different growing systems with special emphasis on below ground traits. It was held in Velence, Hungary, on 29-31 May 2007.

Producing and marketing malting barley
This leaflet focuses on key areas where there has been significant change in recent years, for example new varieties, disease threats, or legislation. It also highlights solutions provided by recent research, and provides references to a wide range of further information.

The Encyclopaedia of Cereal Diseases in the UK
This joint publication by HGCA and BASF is a comprehensive guide to cereal pathogens in the UK. Symptoms of both common and less frequently found diseases are illustrated and described, together with an outline of the disease cycle of each pathogen and an indication of the importance of the disease. These 96 page pocket-sized booklets are designed for use in the field.
A pdf is available to download at, but it is over 7mb in size so may require patience to open.
If you would like a free copy (1 per person), please email with your address details and state Encyclopaedia of Cereal Diseases.

Plant Genotyping II: SNP Technology
R J Henry, Southern Cross University, Australia
CABI May 2008 c. 272 pages
Hardcover ISBN-13: 9781845933821
Since the publication of Plant Genotyping: the DNA Fingerprinting of Plants in 2001, the techniques available for plant DNA analysis have advanced considerably. Recent developments focus on high throughput methods, and generally target single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) discovery and analysis. SNPs represent the most common form of genetic variation in both plants and animals, and play a key role in revealing the molecular mechanisms underlying traits.
Plant Genotyping II: SNP Technology describes some of the import recent developments in this field, with the main focus on SNPs. Contributions cover the discovery, analysis and uses of SNPs, while also examining other approaches to plant genotyping.
Audience: This book will be essential reading for researchers in plant genetics, molecular biology, breeding and biotechnology.

Seed orchards
Proceedings from a conference at Umeå, Sweden

September 26-28, 2007

Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa
Robert Paarlberg
Harward University Press - ISBN 13: 978-0-674-02973-6 - ISBN 10: 0-674-02973-9

Robert Paarlberg explains why poor African farmers are denied access to productive technologies, particularly genetically engineered seeds with improved resistance to insects and drought. He traces this obstacle to the current opposition to farm science in prosperous countries. Having embraced agricultural science to become well-fed themselves, those in wealthy countries are now instructing Africans—on the most dubious grounds—not to do the same.

The Unfolding Gene Revolution: Ideology, Science, and Regulation of Plant Biotechnology
Dr. Eufemio T. Rasco, Jr.
Unravels the development of plant biotechnology, specifically genetic engineering. Comprehensively reviews the basic sciences relevant to biotechnology and the art and science of genetic engineering in a simple, non-technical and humorous way. To highlight important scientific discoveries, as they relate to the present understanding of the science. Important details of some scientific facts are presented in boxes which add significance and realism to his discussion.
Published by: ISAAA and SEARCA
ISBN: 978-97193983-0-1

Two volumes on Genomics-Assisted Crop Improvement edited by Rajeev Varshney of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Patancheru, India, and Roberto Tuberosa, University of Bologna, Italy have just been published.
Volume 1, entitled "Genomics Approaches and Platforms", presents state-of-the-art genomic resources and platforms and also describes the strategies and approaches for effectively exploiting genomics research for crop improvement (
Volume 2, entitled "Genomics Applications in Crops", presents a number of case studies of important crop and plant species that summarize both the achievements and limitations of genomics research for crop improvement (

An Introduction to Plant Breeding
Edited by Jack Brown and Peter Caligari
Plants have been successfully selectively bred for thousands of years, culminating in incredible yields, quality, resistance and so on that we see in our modern day crops and ornamental plants. In recent years the techniques used have been rapidly advanced and refined to include molecular, cell and genetic techniques.
An Introduction to Plant Breeding provides comprehensive coverage of the whole area of plant breeding. Covering modes of reproduction in plants, breeding objectives and schemes, genetics, predictions, selection, alternative techniques and practical considerations. Each chapter is carefully laid out in a student friendly way and includes questions for the reader. The book is essential reading for all those studying, teaching and researching plant breeding.

Breeding Field Crops (Fifth Edition)
David Sleper (Professor, Department of Agronomy, University of Missouri, Columbia) and John Milton Poehlman (former professor emeritus Department of Agronomy, University of Missouri, Columbia )
Blackwell Publishing
ISBN: 9780813824284
ISBN10: 0813824281
Long recognized as the standard work in its field, this fifth edition of Breeding Field Crops deals with worldwide advances in plant breeding science and practice in recent years. Building on the foundations of earlier editions, this thoroughly revised volume includes expanded coverage on the role increased knowledge of genetics plays in the development of new crop cultivars, and fully explores exciting new developments in molecular biology.
Breeding Field Crops, Fifth Edition, thoroughly covers the field of plant breeding. The latest edition of this venerable text provides a broad overview of the science of plant breeding, and provides students and breeders with essential fundamental information along with a review of current breakthroughs and technologies. This book will be a valuable source of information for anyone involved in the science of plant breeding for years to come.

Produção Orgânica de Hortaliças - O produtor pergunta, a Embrapa responde
A publicação faz parte da Coleção 500 Perguntas – 500 Respostas, editada pela Embrapa Informação Tecnológica

The Public, the Media and Agricultural Biotechnology
Dominique Brossard, editor
CABI 2007

Biological Control: A Global Perspective
C Vincent, M S Goettel and M Lazarovits
CABI - Hardback (9781845932657), 432 pages, £90.00 / $180.00 / €145.00

Seeds for the Future: The Impact of Genetically Modified Crops
Jennifer A Thomson
Cornell University Press: 2007 208 pp. $24.95, ISBN 978080147368-5)

Marker-assisted selection: Current status and future perspectives in crops, livestock, forestry and fish
Edited by E.P. Guimarães, J. Ruane, B.D. Scherf, A. Sonnino and J.D. Dargie

Genes are Gems: Reporting Agri-Biotechnology
A sourcebook for journalists

Agricultural Biotechnology and Intellectual Property Protection: Seeds of Change
Edited by J Kesan, University of Illinois, USA
Pub Date: June 2007
ISBN: 9781845932015
416 pages
Scientists are becoming progressively more involved in developing methods for increasing agricultural productivity and designing plants with certain qualities. As such, genetic engineering has given plant breeders a means to exercise property rights over different varieties of plants. This has created many implications and given way to much controversy, with most objections being raised against the idea of owning life. With the use of comparative studies, this book discusses the legal, agribusiness and public policy issues that connect intellectual property protection with advancements in agricultural biotechnology.

El enigma de la agricultura
Agustín Mariné, Presidente de la Asociación General de Productores de Maíz de España (AGPME)

Q&A on Bt Cotton in India: Answers to more than 70 questions on all aspects
Prof. MS Swaminathan
All India Crop Biotechnology Association (AICBA)

Breeding Field Crops
David Allen Sleper and John Milton Poehlman
Fifth edition

The Physiology of Crop Yield
Robert Jay and John Porter
Second edition

Seeds: Biology, Development and Ecology
Edited by S C Navie, University of Queensland, Australia; S W Adkins, University of Queensland, Australia; S Ashmore, Centre for Forestry and Horticultural Research, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
ISBN: 9781845931971
Students and researchers in seed science, plant physiology and biotechnology.
Main Description
Substantial progress has been made in seed science during the past few years, emphasizing its important role in advancing plant biotechnology, agriculture, plant resource management, and conservation. Providing comprehensive coverage of the latest seed science research including germination, dormancy, development, and desiccation tolerance, this book also details the most advanced methods and practices in seed biology, ecology and technology.

Chickpea Breeding and Management
Edited by S S Yadav, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India, R Redden, Victoria Institute for Dryland Agriculture Horsham, Australia, W Chen, USDA-ARS, Washington State University, USA and B Sharma, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India
CABI - April 2007 448 pages Hardback 978 184593 213 8

An Introduction to Plant Breeding
Jack Brown (University of Idaho) and Peter Caligari (Universidad de Talca)
Blackwell Publishing
Plants have been successfully selectively bred for thousands of years, culminating in incredible yields, quality, resistance and so on that we see in our modern day crops and ornamental plants. In recent years the techniques used have been rapidly advanced and refined to include molecular, cell and genetic techniques.
An Introduction to Plant Breeding provides comprehensive coverage of the whole area of plant breeding. Covering modes of reproduction in plants, breeding objectives and schemes, genetics, predictions, selection, alternative techniques and practical considerations. Each chapter is carefully laid out in a student friendly way and includes questions for the reader. The book is essential reading for all those studying, teaching and researching plant breeding.
ISBN: 9781405133449
ISBN10: 1405133449
Publication Dates: USA: Mar 2007; Rest of World: Mar 2007; Australia: May 2007
384 pages, 275 illustrations.

Results from the FAO Biotechnology Forum: Background and dialogue on selected issues
by J. Ruane and A. Sonnino
FAO Research and Technology Paper 11
The 152-page book presents the background and summary documents from a series of six moderated e-mail conferences hosted by the FAO Biotechnology Forum from 2002 to 2005, relating to agricultural biotechnology for the crop, forestry, animal, fisheries and agro-industry sectors in developing countries. Three of the six conferences focused on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), dealing with gene flow from GM to non-GM populations; regulation of GMOs; and participation of the rural people in decision-making regarding GMOs. Two conferences covered the entire range of biotechnology tools (including GMOs), dealing with the role and focus of biotechnology in the agricultural research agenda and, secondly, applications of biotechnology in food processing. The remaining conference dealt with molecular marker-assisted selection. Contact for more information.

Seed Development, Dormancy and Germination
Edited by Professor Kent Bradford, Director, Seed Biotechnology Center, University of California, Davis, USA, and Dr Hiroyuki Nonogaki, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA
The book provides a comprehensive overview of seed biology from the point of view of the developmental and regulatory processes that are involved in the transition from a developing seed through dormancy and into germination and seedling growth. It examines the complexity of the environmental, physiological, molecular and genetic interactions that occur through the life cycle of seeds, along with the concepts and approaches used to analyze seed dormancy and germination behavior. It also identifies the current challenges and remaining questions for future research. The book is directed at plant developmental biologists, geneticists, plant breeders, seed biologists and graduate students.

The Encyclopedia of Seeds: Science, Technology and Uses
Edited by M Black, Kings College London, UK; J D Bewley, University of Guelph, Canada; P Halmer, Germain's Technology Group, Kings Lynn, UK
October 2006
c.900 pages
HB 9780851997230, £185.00 / $350.00
This is the first scholarly reference work to cover all the major scientific themes and facets of the subject of seeds. It outlines the latest fundamental biological knowledge about seeds, together with the principles of agricultural seed processing, storage and sowing, the food and industrial uses of seeds, and the roles of seeds in history, economies and cultures.
With contributions from 110 expert authors worldwide, the editors have created 560 authoritative articles, illustrated with plentiful tables, figures, black-and-white and colour photographs, suggested further reading matter and 670 supplementary definitions. The contents are alphabetically arranged and cross-referenced to connect related entries.

The International Politics of GM Food: Diplomacy, Trade and Law
Robert Falkner (ed)
Palgrave Macmillan
Genetically modified food is at the heart of a new global conflict over how to govern risky technologies in an era of globalisation. A transatlantic trade dispute and North-South tensions have complicated the task of creating a global regime for genetic engineering in agriculture. This timely, comprehensive and provocative collection brings together experts from the fields of international relations, environmental studies, trade and international law to examine the international relations, environmental issues, trade and international law to examine the sources of international friction and to explore the prospects for international cooperation.

Genes are Gems: Reporting Agri-Biotechnology
Jointly published by The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-AridTropics (ICRISAT) and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-BiotechApplications (ISAAA)
The book synthesizes a series of media workshops in Asia and West Africa carried out by ICRISAT and ISAAA between 2004 and 2006 to familiarize journalists to the science behind agricultural biotechnology. This sourcebook primarily provides insights to readers on the various biotechnological options in improving crop productivity and promoting sustainable agriculture in the dry tropics. At the same time, it also introduces journalists to the nuances of agri-biotechnology reporting and editing.
For more information, email Rex Navarro of ICRISAT at

Plantes transgéniques : faits et enjeux
André Gallais, Agnès Ricroch
Collection Synthèses
En dix ans, les plantes transgéniques ont atteint plus de 90 millions d’hectares dans le monde. En revanche, leur développement est bloqué en France et en Europe. Sujet de société, elles sont au cœur de débats polémiques et l’objet de prises de positions politiques. Le but de cet ouvrage est de rassembler dans un même document les informations pour mieux comprendre les objets du débat. Qu’est-ce que la transgénèse, qu’apporte-t-elle ou que peut-elle apporter ? Quels sont les risques éventuels pour l’environnement et la santé ? Comment sont-ils gérés ou peuvent-ils être gérés ? Quelles sont les raisons de l’opposition au développement des plantes transgéniques ? Cet ouvrage s’adresse à un public assez large s’intéressant aux questions posées par le développement des plantes transgéniques.
Editeur Editions Quae | ISBN-10 2759200019 | ISBN-13 9782759200016

Dryland Agriculture
American Society of Agronomy

Tout sur les semences - Un ouvrage de référence
Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur les semences.

Intellectual Property Management in Health and Agricultural Innovation: A Handbook of Best Practices
Editors: Anatole Krattiger, Richard T. Mahoney, Lita Nelsen, Jennifer A. Thomson, Alan B. Bennett, Kanikaram Satyanarayana, Gregory D. Graff, Carlos Fernandez and Stanley P. Kowalski
PUBLISHERS: Center for the Management of Intellectual Property in Health Research & Development (MIHR) / Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA)
This IP management Handbook containing over 135 chapters plus case studies and sample agreements covers comprehensive resource on current IP management issues and approaches. It is designed and prepared for policy makers, leaders of public sector research establishments, technology transfer professionals, licensing executives, and scientists. It offers information and strategies for utilizing the power of both IP and the public domain. It also illustrates how IP can be judiciously leveraged to forge stronger partnerships and usher in a new age of collaboration and sharing. The book puts aside ideological debates to focus on pragmatic considerations and practical opportunities. 
To view five (5) sample chapters of this book in PDF format, click
To download pre-order form, click

Vegetable Diseases
The University of California Cooperative Extension

The Handbook of Energy Utilization in Agriculture
David Pimentel
C.R.C. Press International

The Handbook of Pest Management in Agriculture
David Pimentel
C.R.C. Press International

Managing Fungicide Resistance
by plant pathologists John Gallian, Jeff Miller and Phil Nolte
Addresses methods of managing the application of fungicides to prolong their useful lives. Although the 8-page publication specifically targets sugarbeets and potatoes, the principles it describes apply to all crops.
Fungicide resistance is one of the most significant problems in chemical disease management today. Resistance to formerly effective fungicides has been widely reported, and the authors say all major Idaho crops are at risk. The publication-which includes color photographs-explains how fungicide resistance occurs and suggests ways to slow it.

Late Blight Management Action Plan for Potatoes
Developed in cooperation with the Idaho potato industry and in consultation with late blight experts in the Pacific Northwest and other areas of the U.S. The 12-page publication is intended to help the Idaho potato industry reduce potential yield and quality losses and make informed decisions about disease prevention, fungicide spray programs and optimizing disease-management costs. Written by Jeff Miller, Phil Nolte, Nora Olsen, Terry Miller, Bill Bohl and Mike Thornton, it offers best practices for controlling late blight during all phases of planting and harvesting. In addition, it includes color illustrations of infected plants and tubers and rankings of 18 potato varieties for susceptibility.

The Encyclopedia of Seeds: Science, Technology and Uses
Edited by M Black, Kings College London, UK; J D Bewley, University of Guelph, Canada; P Halmer, Germain's Technology Group, Kings Lynn, UK
October 2006 - c.900 pages
CABI Publishing - HB 9780851997230, £185.00 / $350.00
This is the first scholarly reference work to cover all the major scientific themes and facets of the subject of seeds. It outlines the latest fundamental biological knowledge about seeds, together with the principles of agricultural seed processing, storage and sowing, the food and industrial uses of seeds, and the roles of seeds in history, economies and cultures. With contributions from 110 expert authors worldwide, the editors have created 560 authoritative articles, illustrated with plentiful tables, figures, black-and-white and colour photographs, suggested further reading matter and 670 supplementary definitions. The contents are alphabetically arranged and cross-referenced to connect related entries

Advances in Seed Science and Technology
K. Vanangamudi
Vol. 1: Recent Trends in Seed Technology and Management
ISBN 81-7754-258-3, 895 + 24  pp
Vol. 2: Quality Seed Production in Vegetable Crops
81-7754-285-0, 925 + 18  pp
Vol. 3: Quality Seed Production in Vegetable Crops
Vol. 4: Quality Seed Production in Vegetable Crops
Agrobios (India)

Experimental Seed Science and Technology
R. Umarani
81-7754-265-6, 252 + 8  pp
Agrobios (India)

Seed Legislations in India
K. Ramamoorthy, K. Sivasubramaniam, A. Kannan
81-7754-270-2, 344 + 10  pp
Agrobios (India)

Seed Technology – Readyreckoner
K. Ramamoorthy
81-7754-256-7, 120 + 8  pp
Agrobios (India)

Flower Breeding and Genetics:  Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century
Edited y Neil O. Anderson. 
Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.  822 pages.  Hardcover.  ISBN 1-4020-4427-5.   249,00 €

The Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of Flowering, 2nd edition
Edited by B R Jordan, Lincoln University, New Zealand
Containing contributions from experts from the USA, Europe and New Zealand, this book provides an overview of the molecular mechanisms associated with flowering.
May 2006 416 pages HB 1845930428 £75.00/$140.00

Nouveautés des éditions ARVALIS - Institut du Végétal
Variétés de blé tendre : quoi de neuf en qualité ? Edition 2006
Variétés de protéagineux 2006
- Herbicides des céréales à paille - campagne 2006-2007
- Insecticides, traitement de semences et régulateurs des céréales à paille - Campagne 2006-2007
- Protection des pommes de terre 2006

Science, Agriculture and the Politics of Policy: The Case of Biotechnology in India
by Ian Scoones (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex)
Science, Agriculture and the Politics of Policy' examines the intersections of globalisation, technology and politics through a detailed, empirically-based examination of agricultural biotechnology in India. The focus is on Bangalore and Karnataka, a part of India which has seen a massive growth in biotech enterprises, experimentation with GM cotton and a contested policy debate about the role biotechnology should play in economic development. The book asks what does this new suite of technologies mean - for society, for politics and for the way agriculture, food and rural livelihoods are thought about? Can biotech deliver a second Green Revolution, and so transform agriculture and rescue the countryside and its people from crisis and poverty? Or is it more complex than this? Through a detailed case study, the aim of the book is to discuss, question and refine these broader debates, locating an understanding of biotechnology firmly within an understanding of society and politics.
Available from: [International sales] [India sales]

Forrajeras cultivadas para ambientes subtropicales
Esta publicación de Joaquín Pueyo y César Chaparro, editada por el INTA El Colorado -Formosa-, describe las forrajeras cultivadas más difundidas en el área subtropical argentina, a la vez que brinda información sobre el manejo eficiente de las pasturas.
Precio de la publicación: $10.
Informes: Librería del INTA, Chile 460, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, (011) 4339-0602,

Tomatoes Supplement
The Fresh Produce Journal’s first tomato supplement since 2000 charts the significant progress of the category since the turn of the millennium. What was just potential – for cherry tomatoes, on-the-vine varieties, cocktail and plum types – has turned into reality. The latest in our series of FPJ Supplements looks at the inventive segmentation of the market, the new opportunities that lay before a category in good shape, and the ways in which growers/suppliers and their customers in the UK markets are optimising their offer to both meet consumer demand and create a sustainable future for the sector.
More information

Re:fresh Directory 2006
The essential guide for the fresh produce industry

Published in May 2006, the Re:fresh Directory is the most comprehensive annual collection of market data, statistics, product information and individual contact details specific to the UK market place. The Directory includes:
- An extensive product guide with availability, sources, botanical listing and PLU numbers. 
- A complete listing of contact details for more than 2,500 UK companies and organisations.
- The Fresh Produce Consortium annual review of the UK fresh produce industry.
- The most comprehensive annual collection of market data and statistics.
- Diary of events 2006/07.
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Fresh Thinking - Insights into the Present and Future State of the UK Fresh Produce Industry - Re:fresh Report 2006
Presented at the Re:fresh Conference 2006, the report provides the most comprehensive round-up of the UK industry's own perspective on its future. Find out, from the people who are in the best position to know, how your business in the UK market is likely to change in the next few years. All purchasers will also receive a copy of a DVD produced by the Re:fresh Partnership, containing interviews with 26 leading figures in the UK fresh produce industry.
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Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms (Vol 2):  Methodologies for Assessing Bt cotton in Brazil
The book is a partnership between the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility and the Global Working Group on Transgenic Organisms in Integrated Pest Management and Biological Control of the International Organization for Biological Control.
Copies can be ordered from the publishers CABI for 
£75 (US$140) at Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8DE, UK or email:

Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms, Volume 2: A Case Study of Bt Cotton in Brazil
Edited by A Hilbeck, Swiss Federal College of Technology, Switzerland, D Andow, University of Minnesota, USA, E M G Fontes, Embrapa Recursos Genéticos e Biotecnologia, Brazil
March 2006 400 pages HB 1 84593 000 2 £75.00 / $140.00
Many international forums have identified the need for comprehensive, scientific methods for the pre-release testing and post-release monitoring of transgenic plants to ensure their environmental safety and sustainable use. In response to this requirement, a GMO Guidelines Project was established under the aegis of the International Organization for Biological Control, to develop biosafety testing guidelines for transgenic plants. This second volume focuses on transgenic cotton in Brazil and addresses both environmental and agricultural impacts. It draws out some general risk assessment guidelines and demonstrates the need for case-by-case analysis.

Manejo integrado de plagas y enfermedades en cultivos de tomate y pimiento bajo cubierta
Este CD, editado por el INTA San Pedro, compendia la información que se presentó durante la Jornada sobre Manejo integrado de plagas y enfermedades en cultivos de tomate y pimiento bajo cubierta, que se realizó en diciembre de 2005 en esa unidad.
Precio de la publicación: $20.
Informes: Librería del INTA, Chile 460, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, (011) 4339-0602,

European Community Plant Variety Protection
Gert Würtenberger (Rechtsanwalt, Partner with Wuesthoff & Wuesthoff), Bart Kiewiet (President of the Community Plant Variety Office), Paul van der Kooij (Senior Lecturer, University of Leiden, Judge in the District Court of The Hague, Board of Appeal of The Community Plant Variety Office in Angers), and Martin Ekvad (Head of Legal Affairs, Community Plant Variety Office).
April 2006 - Oxford University Press -
£95.00 Hardback 0-19-928616-7
This book is intended as a practical guide to the European Community plant variety protection system under Council Regulation (EC) 2100/94. This system was introduced to enable breeders to protect in Europe new varieties of plants with a tailor-made intellectual property right. The plant breeding industry is an important sector in the European Community with an increasingly competitive atmosphere forcing breeders to protect their products and enforce their IP rights against competitors.
This book provides a systematic approach to the Community plant variety protection system. The authors explain how to obtain plant variety protection and how to enforce rights to that protection. They also consider various interpretations of the provisions of the Regulation as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the system.
The book covers the only existing system protecting plant breeders' interests, and will be the only comprehensive up-to-date resource on Community Plant Variety Rights.

Oxford University Press: Tel: +44 (0) 1536 741 727; Fax: +44 (0) 1536 454518

Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms, Volume 2: A Case Study of Bt Cotton in Brazil
Edited by A Hilbeck, Swiss Federal College of Technology, Switzerland, D Andow, University of Minnesota, USA, E M G Fontes, Embrapa Recursos Genéticos e Biotecnologia, Brazil
Many international forums have identified the need for comprehensive, scientific methods for the pre-release testing and post-release monitoring of transgenic plants to ensure their environmental safety and sustainable use. In response to this requirement, a GMO Guidelines Project was established under the aegis of the International Organization for Biological Control, to develop biosafety testing guidelines for transgenic plants. This second volume focuses on transgenic cotton in Brazil and addresses both environmental and agricultural impacts. It draws out some general risk assessment guidelines and demonstrates the need for case-by-case analysis.
March 2006 400 pages HB 1 84593 000 2 £75.00 / $140.00

Cold Hardiness in Plants - Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology and Physiology
Edited by T H H Chen, Oregon State University, USA, M Uemura, Iwate University, Japan and S Fujikawa, Hokkaido University, Japan
Based on papers from the 7th International Plant Cold Hardiness Seminar held in Japan in 2004, this book presents the latest research findings on plant freezing and chilling stress from major laboratories around the world. The chapters focus on various aspects of molecular genetics and the utilization of transgenic plants to further our understanding of plant cold hardiness at the molecular level.
Topics covered include: vernalization genes in winter cereals; global analysis of gene networks to solve complex abiotic stress responses; control of growth and cold acclimation in silver birch and the effect of plasma membrane-associated proteins on acquisition of freezing tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana.
January 2006 - 288 pages - HB 0851990592, £65.00 / $120.00

Molecular markers for genebank management
by D. Spooner, R. van Treuren and M.C. de Vicente
The 126-page document includes discussion of the main marker techniques and their comparative qualities; applications of molecular techniques in genebank management and crop breeding; and current developments in molecular marker applications and future challenges that could result from these developments. (1.58 MB) 2006

L'horticulture ornementale française - Structures, acteurs, marchés
Caroline Widehem, Alain Cadic, coord.
Secteur d'activité économique à part entière, la production horticole est passée du stade artisanal au stade quasi industriel. Le succès du produit horticole est intimement lié à l'évolution du mode de vie et du pouvoir d'achat. Face à la concurrence internationale, optimiser la commercialisation des produits français est une étape obligatoire de l'évolution de l'horticulture ornementale en France.
Résultat d'une approche commune entre chercheurs de différentes disciplines et acteurs professionnels et institutionnels de la filière horticole d'ornement, cet ouvrage décrit le fonctionnement de la filière, sa complexité, sa structure, sa place sur le marché européen et international.
Il propose également  une réflexion sur les enjeux actuels et futurs et ouvre le débat sur l'avenir de l'horticulture française.
Il est organisé en quatre grands chapitres:
- L'environnement réglementaire, institutionnel et professionnel 
- Analyse structurelle de la filière horticole française
- Tentative d'analyse concurrentielle
- Des pistes de réflexion pour l'avenir
2006 - 116 p. - 16 x 24 cm
ISBN : 2-7380-1207-8
Réf. 01528
Prix : 23 €
Collection  "Un point sur les filières"
Edition : INRA
Coédition : Cemagref-Cirad-Ifremer

Valuing Crop Biodiversity
On-Farm Genetic Resources and Economic Change
IFPRI Publication
Edited by Melinda Smale
336 pages / 2005
£60.00 / $110.00 paperback (ISBN 0-85199-083-5)
Published by CABI Publishing.

Heterosis Breeding Vegetable Crops
Dr. Mathura Rai, Director and Dr. Nagendra Rai, Sr. Scientist
Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi
The book covers and explains the theoretical and practical aspects of breeding of all major vegetable crops
New India Publishing Agency (

The Ecology of Seeds
Michael Fenner,
University of Southampton & Ken Thompson, University of Sheffield
Cambridge University Press
(ISBN-10: 0521653681 | ISBN-13: 9780521653688)

Cotton Trading Manual
Edited by Terry Townsend, International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)
Cotton trading manual (CTM) is the first work to provide a comprehensive reference source to the conduct of the complex international cotton market. CTM begins by looking at the history and the background of the cotton trade. It then moves on to assess the current global picture paying attention to macro issues and includes a discussion of trends in the market, as well as production and consumption analysis. The third and fourth parts focus on trading in physical cotton and futures respectively. Finally, the last section deals with administrative and management issues within the cotton trade as a whole, such as contracts, insurance and risk management. CTM is set to become the indispensable practical companion for all those involved with trading in this commodity and is a fundamental new reference for all in the cotton industry.
ISBN 1 85573 439 7
October 2005
510 pages  247 x 174mm  looseleaf  
£595.00 / US$1070.00 / €865.00

Crop Production Science in Horticulture Series, No. 13
Edited by E Heuvelink, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Tomatoes are one of the most widely produced and consumed horticultural crops in the world, both for the fresh produce market and the processed food industries. This book describes the scientific principles underlying the biology and production of the tomato crop, both in the open field and in greenhouses, in temperate and tropical regions. It integrates scientific knowledge with practical aspects of tomato production and is international in scope. The book covers topics such as the international tomato industry, genetics and breeding, developmental processes, crop growth and yield, fruit ripening and fruit quality, irrigation and fertilization, crop protection, production in the open field, greenhouse tomato production, postharvest biology and handling of tomato.
November 2005 - 352 pages - PB 0851993966, £35.00 / $65.00

Gene Switching and GURTs: Why, How and Why?
ISAAA's Pocket K No. 21 explains what gene switching and Generic Use Restriction Technologies (GURTs) technologies are, how they work, and why public and private sector scientists, as well as governments, are pursuing further research and development in this area.

Diagnostic des accidents du pois protéagineux de printemps et d'hiver
ARVALIS - Institut du végétal - UNIP
Guide pratique de reconnaissance des principaux accidents pouvant affecter la culture de pois protéagineux, cette brochure propose pour chaque stade de la culture, une clé de détermination et de reconnaissance des accidents, illustrée de nombreuses photos explicatives.
Chaque type d'accident (ravageurs, dégâts d'herbicides, maladies, carence...) est décrit et des moyens de lutte sont proposés.

Let Them Eat Precaution
How Politics Is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture
By Jay Byrne, Gregory Conko, Jon Entine, Tony Gilland, Thomas Jefferson Hoban, Patrick Moore, Andrew S. Natsios, Martina Newell-McGloughlin, Robert L. Paarlberg, C. S. Prakash, Carol Tucker Foreman
Edited by Jon Entine.
212 pages. AEI Press (Washington) Publication Date: January 2006 ISBN: 0844742007
The genetic revolution has offered more promise than substance, except in agriculture, where it has brought profound benefits to farmers and consumers for more than a decade. More nutritious food is now produced with less environmental costs because genetically modified crops require almost no pesticides. Vitamin-enhanced crops and foods are helping to reduce malnutrition in parts of the developing world, and a wave of biopharmaceuticals is being developed. Yet, for all its achievements and promise, agricultural biotechnology is under intense fire from advocacy groups warning of “Frankenfoods” and fanning fear of a “corporate takeover” of agriculture by biotech firms. Mired in a rancorous trade and cultural war between Europe and the United States and inflamed by a politicized media, this technology remains dramatically underutilized, with particularly tragic consequences for millions of starving people in Africa and other poverty-stricken regions.
In Let Them Eat Precaution, authors from the United States and the United Kingdom deconstruct these controversies and offer solutions to the current impasse. They address both the risks and rewards of genetic modification; the differing paths that debate over genetic manipulation has followed in Europe and the developing world, in contrast to the United States; the debate’s impact on the commercial realities of companies’ developing new products; and ways to foster more constructive discussion of the costs and benefits of genetic modification to bring about more rational and internationally coordinated public policy.
The authors argue that an effective communications strategy focused on the current and potential benefits that these technologies provide is critical if we hope to exploit fully these technological advances. Proponents of biotechnology must accept the fact that sound science is only one criterion for public policymaking and speak to the broader set of concerns—political, social, moral, and economic—that this debate engenders.
(Source: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research)

The Story of Bt Cotton in India
ISAAA and the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) have released “The Story of Bt Cotton in India”. This 20-minute documentary captures the history of India’s first commercial approval of a genetically modified crop. It focuses on the roles of various stakeholders in bringing Bt cotton to farmers’ fields and recounts the experiences of farmers, including an objective treatment of some of the challenges and opportunities that have arisen with the deployment of Bt cotton.
In addition to English and Hindi, the video is available in six other regional languages:
Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.
For copies, please contact Bhagirath Choudhary of the ISAAA South Asia office at, or Purvi Mehta-Bhatt of SABP at

The Encyclopedia of Seeds: Science, Technology and Uses
Edited by M Black, Kings College London, UK; J D Bewley, University of Guelph, Canada; P Halmer, Germain's Technology Group, Kings Lynn, UK
This is the first scholarly reference work to cover all the major scientific themes and facets of the subject of seeds. It outlines the latest fundamental biological knowledge about seeds, together with the principles of agricultural seed processing, storage and sowing, the food and industrial uses of seeds, and the roles of seeds in history, economies and cultures.
With contributions from 110 expert authors worldwide, the editors have created 560 authoritative articles, illustrated with plentiful tables, figures, black-and-white and colour photographs, suggested further reading matter and 670 supplementary definitions. The contents are alphabetically arranged and cross-referenced to connect related entries.
June 2006, 960 pages - CABI Publishing - HB 0851997236 - £140.00 / $275.00
Please note: the price stated is a pre-publication price. On publication the price will be £185.00 (US$350.00).

Prairies et cultures fourragères en France - Entre logiques de production et enjeux territoriaux
Christian HUYGHE
Les prairies et les cultures fourragères représentent 45% de la surface agricole utile en France. Elles sont le premier maillon d'une chaîne de productions végétales et animales dont la consommation de produits alimentaires par l'homme marquera le terme...
2005 - 226 p. - 16 x 24 cm
ISBN : 2-7380-1191-8Réf. 01519
Prix : 39 €
Collection  " Un point sur les filières "

Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management
Cornell University

Food Standards Australia New Zealand launches new GM Foods publication

Transgenic Cotton
Bt cotton, the first biotechnology crop approved for commercialization in China, now accounts for more than 60 percent of the total acreage of cotton in the country. This was a result of scientific activities on the research and development of transgenic insect resistant cotton which was incorporated as one of the key projects under the Ministry of Science and Technology’s National High Tech R & D Program (863 Program) institutionalized in 1996. This perspective was discussed in the book “Transgenic Cotton” which traces Bt cotton development in China.
Transgenic Cotton presents a general situation of cotton production breeding in China, and moves on to a multidisciplinary discussion that includes molecular cloning and characterization, transformation, genetics and breeding, cultivation, entomology, pathology, biosafety assessment, and economic impacts.
More than 30 institutions collaborated on the publication of the book, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the English language. It is edited by JIA Shirong of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and chief scientist of the 863 Program. For more information, visit

Biotechnology, Agriculture, and Food Security in Southern Africa
Michael Rubinstein
Issue brief in PDF format:

Rice blast in West Africa: Characterisation of pathogen diversity, key screening sites and host resistance
Proceedings of the workshop on "Strategic characterisation of blast pathogen diversity, key screening sites and host resistance" was held on 5 March 2003 in Accra, Ghana.
Edited by Y. Séré, S. Sreenivasaprasad and S.K. Nutsugah
It includes the workshop report, full papers covering various presentations and useful appendices and "is intended to serve as a reference manual for scientists involved in rice blast research and management in Africa, particularly the West African region". Rice blast is an important disease caused by a fungus and is one of the major constraints to rice production. Contact for more information.

Fodder oats: A world overview
Part of the FAO Plant Production and Protection Series
Eedited by J.M. Suttie and S.G. Reynolds.
The 13-chapter book brings together information on the state of fodder oats worldwide, and is aimed mainly at agronomists and extension workers. Information from all regions of the world is provided by contributing authors who are regional experts in their field and particular attention is given to countries where fodder oats are, or are becoming, important in the smallholder sector. The book also provides some information on breeding programmes in different regions, describing e.g. hybridisation, wide crossing and tissue culture in China.
Contact to request a copy.

Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist's View of Genetically Modified Foods
Nina Federoff and Nancy Marie Brown
National Academies Press, October 2004; $16.47 cloth, 370 pages, ISBN 0309092051
Excerpts from a review by Jay Lehr, PhD, The Heartland Institute (via AgBioView)
This book is among the most meticulously documented and well-written science texts I have ever had the pleasure of reading. While I do not presume to have read every book produced thus far on modern biotechnology or plant genetics, I will nevertheless wager that no one has done it better.
In some ways it is four books in one. The authors tackle the ancient history of biotechnology, predating even Gregor Mendel and his famous garden pea studies in the yard of his monastery in the 1860s. But they also recount Mendel's interest in the genetics of bees and mice, which few ever learn about.
The authors then follow the modern genomic advances by Crick and Watson, Cohen and Boyer, and all who came before, in between, and thereafter. They not only explain the moment-by-moment conceptual and laboratory development of these advances, but make every effort to teach the science along the way.
The latter part of the book reviews the political and sociological aspects of biotechnology in the modern world, offering unbiased, objective details before drawing the only possible conclusions. Simply put: Genetically modified plants are the answer to the world's potential food supply problems; organic agriculture as it is presently defined cannot contribute significantly to society's needs.

The fifth of a series of Bt corn brochures, this interesting 3-fold brochure was published with the expertise of Dr. Pio Javier of the National Crop Protection Center of University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) behind it. The results shown in this brochure says that more Trichogramma (a miniature flying insect highly beneficial to corn & other plants in controlling pests) and other natural enemies of the Asiatic corn borer (ACB) were found in Bt corn plants suggesting that Bt corn is not harmful to natural enemies of ACB. Specs: 8.5" X 11"; back-to-back; single-sheet; 3-fold; colored brochure
(download at

The fourth of a series of Bt corn brochures , this very informative 2-fold brochure was produced hand-in-hand with Ms. Lyn A Esteves of the Bureau of Postharvest Research & Extension of the Department of Agriculture, Republic of the Philippines. This brochure presents results of a local study conducted in Cauayan, Isabela and Kibawe, Bukidnon in order to assess the potential of Bt corn in reducing mycotoxin contamination. Specs: 8.5" X 11"; back-to-back; single-sheet; 2-fold; colored brochure
(download at

ARVALIS Institut du Végétal: nouvelles publications

Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Security in Southern Africa
Experts from within and outside Africa address the need for multistakeholder dialogue on a wide range of biotechnology issues.
Edited by Steven Were Omamo and Klaus von Grebmer

The Family Farm in a Globalizing World: The Role of Crop Science in Alleviating Poverty
This paper argues for a greater focus on pro-smallholder crop science as a key means of increasing productivity and income.
Michael Lipton

Biotechnology, Agriculture, and Food Security in Southern Africa
Steven Were Omamo and Klaus von Grebmer
297 pages / 2005 / ISBN 0-89629-737-3
In 2002–2003, when a number of southern African countries suffering from food shortages rejected food aid in the form of genetically modified grain, a highly polarized debate over biotechnology came to the surface. Pro-biotech and anti-biotech camps forcefully argued about the role of modern biotechnology in Africa's economic development, often excluding African policymakers from the dialogue and leaving the public uncertain about where the truth lay. In response, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) embarked on a multistakeholder initiative aimed at raising awareness, promoting dialogue, and catalyzing consensus-building mechanisms to improve the institutions and policies governing agricultural biotechnology and to assess its implications for food security in southern Africa. The result of this initiative, this book brings together experts from within and outside Africa to discuss the current status of biotechnology in southern Africa, the conceptual framework for multistakeholder dialogues, the political and ethical issues surrounding biotechnology, food safety and consumer issues, biosafety, intellectual property rights, and trade involving genetically modified foods.

Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety in India: Expectations, Outcomes and Lessons
A. Indira, M.R. Bhagavan and I. Virgin
Center for Budget and Policy Studies / Stockholm Environment Institute
Report in PDF format:

Organic Farming: Policies and Prospects
Stephan Dabbert, Anna Maria Häring and Raffaele Zanoli
The book describes the general conditions that would have to be changed for an ecological agricultural policy. The authors are experts on the European Action Plan and present the advantages of organic farming and a targeted policy for supporting it. The book is written in a clearly understandable form and is also obtainable in English.

Biosafety of Transgenic Rice
Proceedings of the international workshop on Biosafety of Transgenic Rice held at Chennai, India from October 27-30, 2002
Publication of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi India

Saving Seeds: The Economics of Conserving Crop Genetic Resources Ex Situ in the Future Harvest Centers of the CGIAR
Book from CABI publishing.
Bonwoo Koo, Philip G. Pardey, Brian D. Wright
, and others
Now a
vailable to read online at:

The Encyclopedia of Seeds: Science, Technology and Uses
Edited by J D Bewley, University of Guelph, Canada, M Black, Kings College London, UK, and P Halmer, Germains Technology Group, Kings Lynn, UK
Early 2006 c. 800 pages HB
ISBN 0 85199 723 6
Approx. £150.00 (US$250.00)
Approx. £120.00 (US$200.00)
This encyclopedia is the first comprehensive reference work embracing all major facets of the subject of seeds. The one-volume book gives a unique and authoritative coverage of fundamental seed science alongside the applied seed
technologies involved in raising the next crop and using grain. Major topics and themes include: structure and composition, production and treatment, germination, storage, genetic modification, sources of food and beverages,
major and minor crops, seed laws and regulations, and seeds in history and culture. The encyclopedia is composed of short descriptive articles and brief definitions, contributed by over 100 expert authors worldwide, and illustrated
with plentiful figures, photographs and tables. The work is alphabetically-arranged, cross-referenced and indexed to guide the reader to inter-related

Testing Methods for Seed-Transmitted Viruses: Principles and Protocols
S E Albrechtsen, formerly of the Danish Government Institute of Seed Pathology, Denmark
October 2005 c. 320 pages Spiralbound
ISBN 0 85199 016 9
Approx. £60.00 (US$110.00)
Approx. £48.00 (US$88.00)
Yield losses and reduced crop quality caused by plant viruses are an increasing problem. Several important plant viruses are, in addition to their sap and vector transmission, also transmitted through seeds. This book provides a practical guide to the commonly used detection methods for important seed-borne viruses and viroids.

The Biology of Seeds: Recent Research Advances
Edited by G Nicolas, University of Salamanca, Spain, K J Bradford, University of
California, Davis, USA, D Come, University Pierre and Marie Curie, France, and
H Pritchard, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
2003 496 pages HB ISBN 0 85199 653 1
£95.00 (US$175.00) £76.00 (US$140.00)
This book presents edited and revised papers from the Seventh International Workshop on Seeds, held in Spain in 2002. The key topics addressed include seed development, germination and dormancy, as well as desiccation, seed
ecology and seed biotechnology.

Flower Seeds: Biology and Technology
Edited by M B McDonald, Ohio State University, USA, and F Y Kwong, PanAmerican Seed Company, USA
December 2004 400 pages HB
48 pages of colour plates
ISBN 0 85199 906 9
£95.00 (US$175.00) £76.00 (US$140.00)
This book provides a unique and much-needed resource of information on the biology and technology of flower seeds. It presents in-depth information on the history and evolution of the ornamental and wild flower seed industries followed by recommendations for successful breeding, production, and testing programs.

Weeds in Winter Pulses – Integrated Solutions
CRC for Australian Weed Management
Provides integrated pulse-based solutions to weed management in annual cropping systems

The March of Unreason
Dick Taverne
Oxford University Press, §25.32

Genetically Modified Planet: Environmental Impacts of Genetically Engineered Plants
C. Neal Stewart, Jr.
Oxford University Press, New York, 2004, 256 pp., US$ 29.95 (Hardcover), ISBN 0-19-515745-1.

Environmental costs and benefits of transgenic crops
J.H.H. Wesseler (ed.) 2005.
Wageningen UR Frontis Series Volume 7, Dordrecht: Springer.
Environmental impacts of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are not well known yet and raise societal concern. This book contains original contributions from natural and social scientists that address this concern, and presents its economic implications for research and development units, the agricultural sector, and consumers. As such, the book covers various aspects of transgenic crops and helps to improve the understanding of the costs and benefits of the environmental impact of them. It will be of interest to both policy makers and researchers dealing with issues related to the release of transgenic crops.
For further information contact Dr. J. Wesseler, Wageningen University, at 0317-482300 or

Agriculture on the Road to Industrialization
1995 book edited by John W. Mellor, now available to download in PDF format at:

2004-05 European arable crop profit margins: 4th edition
Graham Brookes

The Green Revolution reconsidered: the impact of high-yielding rice varieties in South India
1991 book, edited by Peter B.R. Hazell and C. Ramasamy, now available to download in PDF format at

Crop Biotechnology: Feeds for Livestock
Roundup Ready Alfalfa: An Emerging Technology

Publications of the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center

Maize Diseases: A Guide for Field Identification. 4th Edition.
Intended for field use by agricultural technicians and maize farmers, this pocket-size manual carries descriptions and color photographs for more than 50 fungal, bacterial, viral, and mollicute diseases that affect the maize crop worldwide, with basic information on pathogens and symptoms. A diagnostic key facilitates quick identification of diseases and their effects. In this fourth edition, nomenclature has been updated, new diseases and information added, and improved photographs included. Complete field guide in PDF format (2185MB):

Introducing Bt cotton: Policy lessons for small holder farmers in Kenya
Authors: Prof. Judi Wangalwa Wakhungu and David Wafula, the respective Executive Director and research fellow at the ACTS.
Published: by the African Center for technology Studies, ACTS, a Nairobi based science, technology and environment policy generating body.

Flower Seeds: Biology and Technology
Edited by M B McDonald, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science,
Ohio State University, USA and F Y Kwong, PanAmerican Seed Company,
West Chicago, USA

Number of Pages: 400
Binding: HB
ISBN: 0 85199 906 9
Price: £95.00 (US$175.00)

This book provides a unique and much-needed resource of information
on the biology and technology of flower seeds. It presents in-depth information
on the history and evolution of the ornamental and wild flower seed industries
followed by recommendations for successful breed and production programs.
A comprehensive coverage of the biology of flower seeds is considered as
well as appropriate technologies associated with germination, vigor and
viability testing. In this volume, the first of its kind, international authorities
from academia and industry have been brought together to provide a
comprehensive reference resource for both practitioners and students
of seed science and technology and of ornamental horticulture.

Quality Control of cereals and pulses - A Practical guide
ARVALIS - Institut du végétal
Practical guide, concrete and easy of access containing a plentiful illustration of the materials and the techniques of sampling, methods of search for the impurities, the tests of appreciation of the quality and the main commercial contracts. The book is divided into 5 parts.
Part I deals with the general concept of sampling. Here, the necessary theoretical bases and practical aspects to obtain a representative sample are presented.
Part II develops laboratory auto-control. The aim of these auto-controls is to ensure a permanent watch on test results. Indeed, routine tests are subject to different errors, either accidental or systematic.
Part III covers the main impurities of cereals and pulses. Techniques for recognizing, identifying, analyzing and grading them are fully described and illustrated.
Part IV describes some commonly performed analyses of cereals and pulses relying largely on international standards.
Part V deals with contracts, regulations and technical specifications.
This book is in a great extent a translation into english of the french version published in 2001by ITCF in collaboration with AGPM Technique, FFCAT, FNA, ONIC and UNIP.

Variability in grain yields: implactions for agricultural research and policy in developing countries
Out-of-print 1989 book edited by Jock R. Anderson and Peter B.R. Hazell, now available to download in PDF at

Harvestplus handbook for carotenoid analysis
New technical monograph from HarvestPlus (large file - 748K)
Delia B. Rodriguez-Amaya and Mieko Kimura
Available at:

Saving Seeds: The Economics of Conserving Crop Genetic Resources Ex Situ
The Future Harvest Centres of CGIAR.
This book by Koo, Pardey and others reports on a series of detailed economic studies, led by IFPRI, in collaboration with five CGIAR centres: CIAT (based in Colombia), CIMMYT (Mexico), ICARDA (Syria), ICRISAT (India) and IRRI (Philippines). It discusses key policy and management issues – usually with economic dimensions – of ex situ storage of particular classes of crops and their wider implications.
CABI Publishing, CAB International, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8DE, UK. Tel: +44 1491 832111 Fax: +44 1491 829292 E-mail:

Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms, Volume 1:
A Case Study of Bt Maize in Kenya

Edited by A Hilbeck, Geobotanical Institute, Swiss Federal College of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, and D Andow, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota, USA
This book uses the case study of Bt maize, to detail generic approaches to the evaluation of environmental impact of GM technologies. It explores both the environmental and agricultural impacts of transgenic plants, draws out general risk assessment guidelines, and demonstrates the need for case-by-case analysis. Although focused on Kenya and Bt Maize, the book's findings and recommendations are relevant and applicable to a multitude of nations and GM crops.
Number of Pages: 304
Binding: HB
ISBN: 0 85199 861 5
Price: £60.00 (US$110.00)

Contribution of GM and Livestock Production: revised document now available online

Introgression from Genetically Modified Plants into Wild Relatives
Edited by a team headed by H.C.H. den Nijs of the University of Amsterdam
The book reviews issues related to the unintentional spread of new genes from cultivated plants to their wild relatives and the subsequent impacts on the ecology of wild plants. Focus is on the ecological and evolutionary effects of introducing GM cultivars. It presents current knowledge of crop-wild relatives hybridization and introgression, and the measurement and prediction of their consequences.

The hope, hype, & reality of genetic engineering: Remarkable stories from agriculture, industry, medicine, and the environment
John C. Avise
Oxford University Press; 2004, ISBN: 0195169506

Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto - The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest
Peter Pringle
Simon & Schuster; (June 10, 2003), ISBN: 0743226119

Regulating the Liabilities of Agricultural Biotechnology
S Smyth, P W B Phillips, W A Kerr and G G Khachatourians
CABI Publishing - ISBN: 0 85199 815 1
This book examines how government, industry and society interact to reach a level of regulation that is deemed satisfactory for the newly-emerged transformative technology that is agricultural biotechnology. It considers issues of risk and trust surrounding genetically modified plants for the production of food and pharmaceuticals. It describes how regulations have been produced to manage, or in some cases ignore, the risks from GM products. The scope is international and the book makes a significant contribution to the literature in this growing field of interest.

Le maïs et ses industries
Institut Technique des Céréales et des Fourrages
Plus de 30 millions de tonnes de maïs sont produites chaque année dans l'Union européenne. Quels sont leurs débouchés ? Quels sont les procédés de transformation ? Toutes les réponse à vos questions sont dans cette brochure toujours d'actualité.

The Grain Legume Handbook, 2004 update
Now available to growers with 109 pages of valuable new data on growing pulses. 
A joint initiative of the GRDC, PIRSA, SARDI and Pulse Australia, this year’s update (also sponsored by the GRDC) includes information on the value of pulses in a rotation, areas suited to pulses, a total revision of varieties, revised herbicide, fungicide and insecticide charts, windrowing and desiccation, revised receival standards and compatibility chart, updates on snails and etiella, and pulses as stockfeed. The Grain Legume Handbook committee’s Allan Mayfield said updates for 2002, 1998 and 1996, some of which remained relevant, were also available on order. 
Handbooks are available for A$74.80, which includes all updates plus postage and handling and GST.
For more information about the Grain Legume Handbook, write to PO Box 90 Riverton SA 5412, Tel 08 8528 5273 or email

Wheat Products Guide
Organisations: GRDC, BRI, AWB
Published: May 2004, 52 pages
Cost: A$20.00
Order No: GRDC154 | Order Form

This 52-page, full-colour book has been produced to provide grain growers with a greater awareness of the value of their wheat. It describes the key food products manufactured from Australian wheat and explains the impact of wheat quality on these products.

Chickpea Disorders: The Ute Guide
Authors: Michael Fuhlbohm, Moira English, Malcolm Ryley, Alex Ganon and Michael Cahill
DPI Queensland, GRDC
May 2004, 92 pages
Order No:
GRDC152 | Order Form
This full-colour book provides high quality colour photos and the latest information to assist farmers and advisers identify the major disorders of chickpea. It contains detailed descriptions and background biological information on the major diseases, viruses, nematodes, environmental disorders and nutrient deficiencies of chickpea across Australia.

Weeds: The Ute Guide (version 2)
Authors: Michael Wurst, Tom Yeatman, PIRSA; Michael Moekirk, DPI Victoria
Organisations: PIRSA, DPI Victoria, GRDC
Published: May 2004, 250 pages
Cost: A$27.50
Order No: GRDC153 | Order Form
This new revised publication assists farmers, advisers, researchers, and students to identify the most common annual, biennial and perennial weeds in southern Australia. The guide is a significant upgrade of the original Weeds: The Ute Guide. It features 230 weeds with descriptions and colour photos of seedlings, mature plants and seed. Seedling descriptions and photographs are important to enable identification of early growth stages to ensure effective and timely control. Seed description images will help identification of weed seed contamination in seed and grain samples. Each weed has a map of Australia indicating how commonly it occurs in each state and a colour bar calendar indicating the likely months of flowering. The weeds showcased in this guide are relevant to the southern and western regions of Australia.

Consumer Acceptance of Genetically Modified Foods
R E Evenson, Economic Growth Center, Department of Economics, Yale University, Connecticut, USA
ISBN: 0 85199 747 3
Chapters are based on papers presented at meetings of the International Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology Research, held in Ravello, Italy:
Case studies cover a range of countries, including the USA, several European countries, Japan, New Zealand and Colombia.
In recent years there have been increasing concerns about the potential health risks of genetically modified foods. Consumer perceptions vary between countries, but are probably most pronounced in Europe and least in North America. These have had a profound and controversial effect on the development of markets for GM products.
This book presents a compilation of studies of consumer acceptance of GM foods. These studies utilized different methods and evidence including: price and expenditure data; experimental methods; "willingness to pay"; consumer attitudes; and economic consequences.

Organic Farming in Europe: Economics & Policy Volume 11
May 2004
Organic Farming and Measures of European Agricultural Policy
Häring, A., Dabbert, S., Aurbacher, J., Bichler, B., Eichert, C., Gambelli, D., Lampkin, N., Offermann, F., Olmos, S., Tuson, J., Zanoli, R.
This latest volume in the series 'Organic Farming in Europe: Economics and Policy' analyses the impact of the Agenda 2000 of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on organic farming. The authors provide comparative assessments of first and second pillar measures impact on conventional and organic farms. The analysis includes a range of countries and farm types. Finally, an outlook on possible effects of the CAP Reform 2003 on organic farming systems and recommendations on how to maximise the positive effects of agricultural policy on organic farming are given. The book is aimed at policy makers, stakeholders and researchers in the field of general and organic agricultural policy.
About the series:
The publication series 'Organic Farming in Europe: Economics and Policy' presents in-depth coverage of the political and economic questions surrounding organic farming, edited by a team of leading scientists in the field of organic farming. The series covers 18 European countries - the 15 EU member states plus Czech Republic, Norway and Switzerland - and deals with a wide range of issues from the policy framework for organic farming to its economic and environmental implications. For further details and for ordering of this and other volumes in the series visit our homepage at

Consequences of crop-wild hybridization
Allison Snow
"Dangerous Liaisons? When Cultivated Plants Mate With Their Wild Relatives" Norman Ellstrand's new book about hybridization between crops and wild
relatives will be of interest to many readers of this newsletter. With
insight, originality, and scholarship, Ellstrand brings together classical
and current knowledge about crop genetics, hybridization, and evolutionary
ecology in a single, comprehensive treatment. Few academics understand
population genetics deeply enough to tackle this job. Even fewer are
familiar with empirical studies of both natural and agricultural systems,
and none can match Ellstrand's command of how all of these topics apply to
in situ germ-plasm conservation, the recent evolution of new weeds, and
risk assessment of genetically engineered crops. Complete article in PDF format:

Genes, Trade, and Regulation: The Seeds of Conflict in Food Biotechnology
Thomas Bernauer
Princeton University Press
March 2004
Agricultural (or "green") biotechnology is a source of growing tensions in the global trading system, particularly between the United States and the European Union. Genetically modified food faces an uncertain future. The technology behind it might revolutionize food production around the world. Or it might follow the example of nuclear energy, which declined from a symbol of socioeconomic progress to become one of the most unpopular and uneconomical innovations in history.

Bread wheat: Improvement and production
Wheat is the most widely grown cereal crop in the world, with an ever increasing demand. It plays a fundamental role in food security, and a major challenge is to meet the additional requirements with new cultivars and improved cropping technologies. This book provides extensive information from a number of international experts on the current status of research on wheat improvement and production, as well as on other aspects, from its evolutionary origins to seed production technologies. It will be particularly useful to researchers and development specialists.
FAO Plant Production and Protection Series

Dangerous Liaisons: When Cultivated Plants Mate with their Wild Relatives
Author: Norman C. Ellstrand

Johns Hopkins University
Publication Date: 2003
Reviewer: Rick Roush
"Everyone interested in the effects of cropping on plant biodiversity, the evolution of weeds and the risks of GM crops should read this book. Critics and supporters of transgenic crops will continue to debate whether the relatively benign environmental and agronomic disadvantages of GM crops have been due to largely to luck or to an adequate regulatory system. Ellstrand reminds us in detail that the reliability of future successes depends on more careful risk assessment of hybridization with wild relatives."
Reference: Nature 427, 395 (2004) (Click HERE to read full text of the Nature review)

Safety, Risk and The Precautionary Principle: Rethinking Precautionary Approaches to the Regulation of Transgenic Plants
Gregory Conko, Transgenic Research (2003 Forthcoming),  Kluwer Academic Publishers. (Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC; E-mail:

Abstract: Operationalizing the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety will require resolving disputes about the meaning of the term 'precautionary approach' in the treaty text. Although the terms precautionary approach and precautionary principle have been referred to in the regulation of transgenic plants for nearly a decade, no customary expectation of what actions it requires has developed. If specific obligations for regulators, regulated entities, or both are not established, compliance will be impossible.
This essay examines various interpretations of the precautionary principle, discusses their shortcomings, and suggests a way to rethink the regulation of transgenic plants that focuses on genuine uncertainty. Transgenic plants with familiar phenotypes should be subject to considerably less regulatory scrutiny than those whose risks are genuinely unknown, or known to pose heightened risk.

Molecular farming of plants and animals for human and veterinary medicine
October 2003
Edited by L. Erickson, W.-J. Yu, J. Brandle and R. Rymerson
Kluwer Academic Publishers

Molecular farming has been hailed as the "third wave" of genetically-modified organisms produced through biotechnology for the bio-based economy of the future. Unlike products of the first wave such as herbicide resistant crop plants, which were perceived to benefit only the farmers who used them and the agrochemical companies who developed them, products of molecular farming are designed specifically for the benefit of the consumer. Such products could be purified from food or non-food organisms for a range of applications in industry, as well as animal and human health. Alternatively, the products of this technology could be consumed more directly in some edible format, such as milk, eggs, fruits or vegetables.
Chapters include:
Tobacco, a Platform for the Production of Recombinant Proteins
Alfalfa: An Efficient Bioreactor For Continuous Recombinant Protein Production
Production and Commercialization of Biopharmaceuticals From Milk
The Production and Delivery of Therapeutic Peptides in Plants
Immunotherapeutic Potential of Antibodies Produced in Chicken Eggs
Edible Vaccines in Plants for Livestock Pathogens
Information: contact Principal Editor, L. Erickson at:

Plant Biotechnology - The Genetic Manipulation of Plants
Adrian Slater, Nigel W Scott, and Mark R Fowler; The Norman Borlaug Institute for Plant Science Research, De Montfort University

Oxford University Press, £19.99 (Paperback); 0-19-925468-0; April 2003; 368 pages
The first textbook to cover this highly topical subject at a level and depth suitable for undergraduate; Takes the reader from the basics of the subject through to the latest thinking; Companion Web Site allows more comprehensive treatment of current topics:

Puts the science into perspective by addressing the wider issues surrounding the GM crops controvers; Encourages the reader to investigate key topics in depth , increasing understanding and awareness of the issues involved; Case studies and keynote boxes throughout the text facilitate learning and revision

Genetically Modified Organisms in Agriculture: Economics and Politics
Gerald Nelson, Dept Agric and Consumer Economics, Univ of Illinois at Urbana Academic Press Hardback, p344; March 2001; $69.95; 0-12-515422-4;
"This publication is the best overall and up to date summary of this important subject I have seen. ...The authors, editor and the 30 contributors (all but four from the US) are to be congratulated on an excellent production which should help all sides of the current discussion." - Nigel Steele Scott, Deputy Chief, CSIRO Plant Industry for FOOD AUSTRALIA (2002)
"There is something to interest scientists, economists and the well-informed lay-person in the book." - M.O. Humphreys for JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE, CAMBRIDGE (2002)
Genetically modified crops have become a topic of great interest among scientists, regulators, consumers, farmers, and politicians. Despite their potential benefits, public hostility toward these crops is causing dramatic changes to import/export policies, food safety regulations, and agricultural practices around the world. Genetically Modified Organisms in Agriculture provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and a balanced look at the costs and benefits of GMO products.
Part I reviews the scientific, economic, and political issues relating to the use of agricultural GMOs. Chapters cover specific applications, regulatory concerns, import/export patterns, international trade issues, and a discussion of future trends. Part II offers a unique look at all sides of the GMO controversies, with short chapters contributed by leading individuals with widely different perspectives. Part III presents a more in-depth look at selected issues plus helpful reference materials. This book makes the latest information on GMOs accessible to all interested parties, including students, laypeople, scientists, activists, and professionals working in related fields.

Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto - the promises and perils of the biotech harvest
by Peter Pringle (Simon & Shuster)

Genetically Modified Crops
by Nigel G Halford (Rothamsted Research, UK)
This book describes the history and development of the science and techniques that underpin plant biotechnology, GM crops that are grown commercially around the world and the new varieties that are being developed. It covers failures as well as successes.

OECD - Accessing Agricultural Biotechnology in Emerging Economies
From FAO Biotech News, 
This 112-page publication entitled "Accessing agricultural biotechnology in emerging economies", published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in May 2003, brings together two framework papers that were presented and discussed at a workshop entitled "OECD Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy: Modern Agricultural
Biotechnology in Non-Member Countries", held on 18-19 November 2002 in Paris, France.
The first paper, by J. Falck-Zepeda, J. Cohen and J. Komen, discusses methods to assess the impacts of modern agricultural biotechnology, The second paper, by E.J. Trigo, focuses on designing a country and policy typology for developing countries based on their capacities in the field of agricultural biotechnology. Both papers were discussed in the workshop and were revised and updated based on the discussions and written comments received from participants.

See (559 Kb) or contact  for more information.

Trade in Genetically Modified Food: A Survey of Empirical Studies
by Chantal Pohl Nielsen, Sherman Robinson, and Karen Thierfelder
IFPRI Discussion Paper No. 106 Abstract
November 2002

New advances in biotechnology have enhanced production of maize, soybeans, and cotton. Consumer reactions to the new technology have been mixed. Both the supply shock, from an increase in productivity or a reduction in input use, and the demand shock, which is determined by the consumer response to consuming GM foods, affect production, trade, and
prices of GM foods. In this paper, we survey models that analyze the market effects of GM technology. The results depend on a number of important issues such as the cost of market segmentation and labeling, the nature of the productivity shock to producers of GM products, and the extent of any adverse reaction to GM products by consumers. The results from global trade models indicate that, if costs of labelling and market segmentation are not large, world markets can adjust to the various scenarios without generating extreme price differentials between GM and non-GM commodities or extreme changes in the pattern of world production and trade. Through market linkages, the benefits of the new technology tend to be spread widely, with adopters generally gaining more than non-adopters. In particular, developing
countries will benefit if they can adopt the new technologies, and get mixed results if they are non-adopters.

Download full-text discussion paper in PDF format  (PDF 243K) at

Ecological impact of GMO dissemination in agro-ecosystems
FAO-BiotechNews - May 15, 2003
A publication based on presentations at the OECD Cooperative Research Programme workshop on "Ecological impact of GMO dissemination in agro-ecosystems", held on 27-28 September 2002 in Grossrussbach, Austria, is now available on the web. The 16 papers included in the 218-page proceedings, edited by T. Lelley, E. Balázs and M. Tepfer, are organised
into the following five sections: GM microbes, gene flow in GM plants, GM virus-resistant plants, Bacillus thuringiensis and, finally, general concepts. See

Agrobiotechnology application in West and Central Africa
FAO-BiotechNews - May 15, 2003
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), one of the 16 research centres supported by the CGIAR, has just published "Agrobiotechnology application in West and Central Africa (2002 survey outcome)". This 107-page document, by W.S. Alhassan, presents an in-depth study of the agricultural biotechnology capacity in seven surveyed countries Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal - where the strengths and weaknesses of the countries surveyed for biotechnology are presented, together with the potential for biotechnology development. A range of other topics, such as the national biosafety situation, is also discussed. See or contact for more information.

Codex - Labelling of "GM food"
FAO-BiotechNews - May 15, 2003
The report of the 31st Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling, which took place from 28 April - 2 May 2003 in Ottawa, Canada, is now available. One of the items discussed was the draft recommendations for the labelling of food and food ingredients obtained through certain techniques of genetic odification/genetic engineering. See report ALINORM 03/22A at or contact for further information.

Codex Task Force on Biotechnology
FAO-BiotechNews - May 15, 2003
The report of the 4th and final scheduled session of the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods derived from Biotechnology (held on 11-14 March 2003 in Yokohama, Japan) is now available on the web. At the session, the Task Force advanced the "Draft Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment on Foods Produced Using Recombinant-DNA Microorganisms" to the 26th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC, to be held on 30 June - 7 July 2003 in Rome, Italy) for its adoption. The Task Force also had an open discussion on traceability, as well as an exchange of opinions on potential future work on the food safety assessment of foods derived from biotechnology. See report ALINORM 03/34A at [Additional related information: The Task Force previously agreed, at its 3rd session (held on 4-8 March 2002 in Yokohama Japan), to advance the following texts to the 26th session of the CAC for adoption: "Draft Principles for the Risk Analysis of Foods derived from Modern Biotechnology", "Draft Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods derived from Recombinant-DNA Plants" and "Proposed Draft Annex on the Assessment of Possible Allegenicity" (an Annex of the previous guideline). These texts are included in the report of the 3rd session of the Task Force (report ALINORM 03/34), available on the same website]. Contact for further information. 

Cowpea biotechnology
FAO-BiotechNews - May 15, 2003
Proceedings of the 3rd World Cowpea Research Conference, held on 4-8 September 2000 at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria, are now available. Papers in this publication, entitled "Challenges and opportunities for enhancing sustainable cowpea production", are organised into five sections: cowpea genetics and breeding, cowpea integrated pest management, cowpea contributions to farming systems/agronomic improvement of cowpea production; cowpea postharvest and socioeconomic studies and, finally, biotechnology for cowpea (contains five papers, covering topics such as genomics and genetic modification in cowpea). See

Gene Wars (2nd edition)
by Kristin Dawkins, Vice-President of International Programs at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Seven Stories Press
The politics of biotechnology. First published in 1997, Gene Wars was a prescient work. Food insecurity and other biotechnology issues were relatively new in the U.S. In a newly
updated edition, Dawkins demonstrates the link between the battle over genetic resources, corporate power, technology, and politics.

2002 BioIndustry Review - Australia & New Zealand
Dr Kelvin Hopper, Aoris Nova and Dr Lyndal Thorburn, Advance Consulting & Evaluation Pty. Ltd.

Explaining restricted approval and availability of GM crops in developing countries
Joel I. Cohen and Robert Paarlberg
AgBiotechNet Vol.4, October 2002

Regulating genetically-modified seeds in emerging economies
Patricia L. Traynor and John Komen
Journal of New Seeds Vol.4 No.1/2, 2002
The Haworth Press, Inc.

Agricultural Biotechnology: Informing the Dialogue
A primer put out by the state Agricultural Experiment Station and Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on the issue of genetically engineered crops. The 28-page color brochure is being distributed to high school science teachers in New York state, state and federal legislators, Cornell Cooperative Extension educators in New York, and grower, food, industry and consumer groups across the country.
Copies of “Informing the Dialogue” are available for $3 each, plus postage, from Communications Services at the state Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva by calling (315) 787-2248 or by e-mailing
The guides also are available by calling the Cornell University Resource Center at (607) 255-2080 or by e-mailing it to
Cornell University Resource Center
7 Business & Technology Park
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-255-2090
Fax: 607-255-9946

State of the Industry: 2002/2003 Greenhouse Industry Report
Scranton Gillette Publishing

Genes for Africa: Genetically Modified Crops in the Developing World
by Jennifer A. Thomson
University of Cape Town Press: 2002. 192 pp. R120
Read Gordon Conway's review in the January 30th edition of Nature 421, 478 - 479 (2003); doi:10.1038/421478a - "This is a gem of a book. It is clear and concise, it makes the complex seem simple without losing the essential truths..."

Agricultural Biotechnology: Informing the Dialogue
Publication from the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

New Journal: Environmental Biosafety Research
A new interdisciplinary journal, Environmental Biosafety Research, the official journal of the International Society for Biosafety Research, has just been launched. The new journal aims to provide a single forum for the reporting and discussion of such issues as ecological studies of the impact of novel organisms; studies of their interactions with pests and pathogens; food and feed safety evaluation; impact of novel organisms on agronomy and farming practice, effect on microbial populations and assessment of horizontal gene flow.
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GE Proceedings Off the Press
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Book excerpts


The history & Science of Plant Breeding

by Noel Kingsbury

Drawing on historical and scientific accounts, as well as a rich trove of anecdotes, Noel Kingsbury shows how scientists, amateur breeders, and countless anonymous farmers and gardeners slowly caused the evolutionary pressures of nature to be supplanted by those of human needs—and thus led us from sparse wild grasses to succulent corn cobs, and from mealy, white wild carrots to the juicy vegetables we enjoy today.

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The Garden of Invention
A wide-ranging and delightful narrative history of the celebrated plant breeder Luther Burbank and the business of farm and garden in early twentieth century America

by Jane S. Smith


Tomorrow's Table
Organic farming, genetics and the future of food
Pamela C Ronald and Raoul W. Adamchak



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