The gene hunters: Biotechnology and the scramble for seeds

TitleThe gene hunters: Biotechnology and the scramble for seeds
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsJuma, C
Secondary TitleAfrican Centre for Technology Studies research series no. 1
Number of Pages288
Date Published1989
PublisherPrinceton University Press
CityPrinceton, NJ
Call NumberS494.5.B563J86 1989
KeywordsAfrica; biodiversity; botany; developing countries; economic policies; food security; forecasting; germplasm resources; intellectual property/germplasm; plant biotechnology; socioeconomics

As biotechnology grows in the agricultural world, the race is on for better seeds. The potential impacts resulting from biotechnological advances could be devastating. These changes will be unpredictable transformations in the global organization and distribution of production. This book examines the history of botany in the field of biotechnology. Various topics dealing with plant breeding and the seed industry discuss options Africa has for the future. Intellectual property rights and their protection are discussed. A case study involving germplasm and Kenya's agriculture is featured. This is a broad and encompassing discussion of the seed war.

Short TitleThe Gene Hunters

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