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There are extremely interesting developments in the field of agricultural biotechnology currently h...

Private-Public Sector Partnership Necessary in Biotechnology Research by James Wachai - ArticleCity.com There are extremely interesting developments in the field of agricultural biotechnology currently happening in India. The Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company (Mahyco) has offered to transfer the technology and basic breeding material of Bt Brinjal, a minimal calorie vegetable widely grown in India, to two public sector institutions; The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore (TNAU) as well as the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad (UASD). The public sector institutions will not likely pay any royalty once they don?t commercialize the genetically modified Brinjal. This is a very unusual, but highly significant gesture. Private seed companies, especially in the field of biotechnology, aren't recognized to biotech jobs freely share innovational information with public organizations. They keep such information within lock and key biotechnology article for fear of patent infringement. While this is understandable, it's fueled animosity and suspicions among scientists working in public institutions, specifically in developing countries. Obviously, no company would be ready to invest huge amounts of dollars to formulate new seed varieties simply for biotech job an armchair scientist to repeat cat them. But the need to safeguard proprietary information shouldn?t override the need for seed companies to partner with public institutions. Doing so will deny the anti-biotech crowd to be able to characterize biotech companies as selfish and secretive. Mahyco has provide a great example that all biotechnology seed companies should follow. Biotech companies stand to benefit if they open their doors wider to public institutions. This is especially critical in Africa where genetically modified crops are yet to make major inroads.

It can?t be gainsaid that there's already such partnership happening in Africa. In Kenya, as an example, the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) is working closely with biotech seed companies inside the continuing development of genetically modified maize resistant to stem borers. But more such partnership is necessary to accelerate the adoption of genetically modified crops in developing countries. James Wachai James uses his communication expertise to produce awareness about GM food. To read much more about him, check out

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