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Biotechnology ... from A to Z:

Advisory Committees on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) and on Genetic Modification (ACGM), Department of the Environment, Transport & the Regions, UK. Here you will find the newsletters of both committees. The newsletters presnt the latest news and very detailed information. Topics covered by ACRE: GMOs, releases of organisms, risk assessment and more. ACGM cover topics like classification of GMOs. Also available is a detailed list of all applications for relases of GMOs since 1986.

AgBiotechNet, supported by Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project, hosted by CAB International. AgBiotechNet provides easy access to information on subjects such as genetic engineering, in vitro culture, biosafety, intellectual property rights and other key issues in agricultural biotechnology. Available: general information, news, reviews, abstracts, books, links, patents, topics (e.g. Bt plants), reports (e.g. from International Food Policy Research Institute or International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications), proceedings, calendar, jobs and more. The users are invited to participate, to join the mailing list or to subscribe to their services. Subscribes will have full access to information, but there are a lot of topics available for guests. The Abstracts section summarises important research developments. Review Articles and Book Chapters provide critical overviews of the field. In each section you will find highly useful information. In the section 'books' you will have access to chapters of books in pdf-format. The navigation through this site is easy, but a very few pages are rather big and might take a while to load (be patient). No doubt about it - this site can save your valuable time in finding information. A Tip in this section and a good bookmark for you.

Agricultural Biotechnology Center (ABC), Hungary, Institutes: Animal Sciences, Biochemistry and Protein Research, Molecular Genetics, Plant Sciences (includes: GENEBOOSTER's home page)

Anderson's Timesaving Comparative Guides on the Web, ATCG Biological Reagents Home Page: Molecular Biology, restricton enzymes, protocols

Australian Biotechnology Association Home Page (ABA). This home page serves as an introduction to the ABA's objectives, and provides information on current coming events, Australasian Biotechnology (the ABA's journal), and the ABA's educational leaflets. You will also find information on joining the ABA, the contents pages of the ABA company directory, and journal subscription information. ABA provides links to australian internet addresses relevant to biotechnology.

BioTech, Educational Resource & Biotechnology Resource Tool. Indiana Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Indiana University. Available: Dictionary, Cyberbotanica (medical botany), Introduction to Glycolysis (Stryer online, excellent chapter taken from the text book and set up on the web), BioTech Resources: A list of available educational, science, literature, bioinformatics and internet tolls resources. You have also the possibility to take a guided tour. Site is also available in japanese and chinese, other languages will follow.

Biotech Law Webserver, maintained by Foley & Lardner's Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical Practice Group to provide legal and scientific information of interest to biotechnology researchers. Contents: New Flashes, Directory, Feedback. The Directory provides Links and articles of interests, one section is the Agbiotech Page.

Biotechnology & Environment Home Page, Joint Research Centre-Ispra, European Commission, Italy. Deliberate Field Trials: the index is divided in breakdown (country, plant, vaccine, prokaryote), environmental releases by conutry and plant taxonomy. The breakdown provides general summaries whereas in environmental releases you will find the common name, main trait, company and trila nimber, but you can also download the complete list. Here you will also find the electronic SNIF-software (Summary Notification Information Format), which can be downloaded. The site is searchable and contact addresses are available.

Biotechnology Information Center (BIC), National Agricultural Library of the US Department of Agriculture - ARS. BIC provides access to a variety of information services and publications covering many aspects of agricultural biotechnology. Bibliographies covering a wide range like herbicide tolerance, viral resistance in plants, sustainable agriculture, plant vectors and many others. Publications, News, Education Resources, Patents, Software and subject specific resources (BT Biopesticide Resources).

Center for Plant Biotechnology Research, College of Agricultural, Environmental, and Natural Sciences (CAENS), Tuskegee University. The primary mission is to employ innovative molecular and cellular genetic tools in the improvement of selected crops such as sweetpotato, peanut, cowpea and muskmelon. Research Projects: Transgenic sweetpotao plants with herbicide resistance, sweetpotato tissue culture, fungal and virus resistance in sweetpotato and others. Available information: Current research, workshop on transgenic planst, laboratory protocols, publications and biotechnology resources on the net.

CEPRAP - Center for Engeneering Plants for Resistance Against Pathogens, University of California, Davis. Research is divided into four sections: (1)Susceptibility: signal transduction, pathogen-induced stress, HR-reaction, (2)Basic Resistance: mechanisms, pathogenicity, elicitors, (3) Specific Resistance: Resistance genes in Arabidopsis and other crops like tomato, and (4)Applied Technologies: anti-virus and anti-phytotoxin factors, vrus resistance, programmed cell death. Further available: Plant Transformation - a guided tour with photos, about CEPRAP, outreach (includes lab protocols), publications, contact and related links.

Broken URL Commercialization of Plant Biotechnology Products, published by BIOSIS. Presented Paper by K. Redenbaugh, L. Davis Malyj, D. Emlay & J. Lindemann to the North American Plant Protection Organization meeting in Saskatoon, 1995. Index: Introduction, Cotton, Canola, Squash, Tobacco, Tomatoes and References.

FDA/CFSAN Biotechnology Information, U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). Background on Biotechnology and Emerging Technologies. Documents concerning bioengineered soybean, corn or tomato. FAQs concerning genetic engineering (e. g. allergenicity). FDA's Policy, safety assurance, links to other information resources.

Genetic Engineering: Recombinant DNA Technology, Hybrid or fused cell Technology, and related manipulationsof nucleic acids. Step-by-Step procedure. Choose a section of interest and follow the screens. From the index (selected): Obtaining the desired gene, Vectors and methods of modifying vectors, transformation, genetic engineering aparatus ... and more. With a search function.

Genetics/Genetic Engineering Department, Robert Koch-Institut (RKI), Bundesinstitut für Infektionskrankheiten und nicht übertragbare Krankheiten, Berlin, Germany. This servic provides the relavant information on genetic engineering, field releases in Germany & Europe, products placed on the european market and regulations. It also features Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Links of Interest. Information from the Central Advisory Committee for Biological Safety. The service is primary directed to german users, but general information is also available in English. The german pages include detailed information on genetic engineering and its regulations in Germany (list of organisms and vectors, reports, laws). The list of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) is searchable. It is a must for all those involved in Genetic Engineering and are living in Germany. Highly recommended.

Genomics: A Global Resource, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). Available: News & Tools, lexicon, legislation, bioinformatics (including databases) therapeutics, environment (e. g. biodiversity, agriculture), technology (e. g. patents)and education. The issues section covers topics like cloning, biosafety or stem cells. The legislation section (ordered by US, State and World) covers relavant information worldwide. Though this site is not only dedicated to plants it is a highly useful resource for general developments. It is updated regulary.

IMPACT: Interactions between Microbial inoculants and resident Populations in the rhizosphere of Agronomically important Crops in Typical soils. IMPACT is a cost-shared generic research project funded by the European Community Biotechnology Programme. Topics: Microbiology of Agricultural Soils, Utilisation of Microorganisms in the field, Molecular Microbial ecology and innovative biotechnology for agricultural soils. In 'Scientific content of IMPACT' you will find detailed information on: Genetically-modified bacteria, monitoring the population dynamics, effects of introduced organisms, identification methods, gene transfer and more.

Information Systems for Biotechnology (ISB), Virginia Tech University, supported by USDA/CSREES. ISB provides information on agricultural and environmental biotechnology research, product development, regulatory issues, and biosafety. Available Information: Monthly News Reports, Searchable Databases, U.S. Government Documents, Resources, Software Projects, Archives. You will find the Rules & Policy Documents of USDA, EPA and others, you can search the environmental releases through USDA and more.

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), AREA Science Park, Trieste, Italy. Available Information: About the centre, the research programme, training & scientific collaboration, services, news. In section research programmes you will find the research group located in New Dehli with plant pathology related topics like Insect Resistance.

International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), a not-for-profit international organization with the aim of facilitating the aquisition and transfer of agricultural biotechnology applications. Biotechnology Transfer Projects: Transgenic potatoes (PVX, PVY, PLRV), melons (CMV), papaya (PRSV) & cotton (Bt); diagnostics of crucifers (Black Rot), maize (virus and spiroplasma) & cassava (mannose); tissue culture (micropropagation of fruit trees & banana). Available Information: About ISAAA, ISAAA Centers, Projects (with details), activities, publications, photo album, links, and what's new.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Biotechnology provides information about regulation of genetic engineering in Minnesota, connections to federal programs, and connections to other biotechology internet resources.

National Agricultural Biotechnology Council (NABC), located at the Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. NABC members are the leading agricultural research and educational institutions from throughout the United States and Canada. Available Information: Goals & Objectives, Meetings, Reports and Occasional Papers can be ordered by e-mail, membership.

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), Bethesda, USA. Programs and Avtivities: Basic Research, databases & software, education & training, extramural programs. Available Information on this server: Details about NCBI, GenBank Sequence Database, NCBI Services (Search System, e-mail servers, BLAST Sequence Similarity Searching), Resources (Electronic PCR, Molecular Modelling Database...and more). NCBI Research Areas: Structure and Function, Biomolecular Structure, Genome Analysis, Theory of Sequence Analysis, Hardware Desigen, Software & Database Design, Text Retrieval & Document Analysis. In NCBI Research you will get details on their research and publications. Links to other site.

Plant Biotechnology, AgrEvo. This site provides information from the company on biotechnology. Topics: General Information, Products and Questions & Answers. Information on herbicide tolerance, the PAT gene, glufosinate, benefits of plant biotechnology, a healthy environment and more. Here you will find useful information on the companies activities, products and positions in plant biotechnology. The server site is very well organized and it is easy to find answers to your questions concerning plant biotechnology. Tip in this section - do not miss it.

The Plant Biotechnology Center (PBC), Kansas State University. Research Goals: Development of resistant plants (wheat streak mosaic, scab, leaf rust), Cloning of plant genes (susceptibility to insects, vernalization in wheat), transformation and more. Research Approaches: Marker-assisted breeding, genetic engineering, Molecular genetics and physiology of host-pest interactions. Further available: Overview, general information, teaching component, jobs, links and more.

Plant Biotechnology Institute (PBI), National Research Council, Canada. Highlights: Genes and Genes products (gene expression, growth regulation, promotor technology, seed oil modification), Transgenic Plants (Brassica, Cereals, Legumes, Conifers)

Plant Biotechnology Office, Plant Products Division, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Biotechnology information on plants with novel traits: General Information and Regulations Specific to Biotechnology. Also available: Field Trials, Decision documents. Regulatory information for: Canola Rapeseed, Flax, Corn/Maize, potatot and soybean. Many documents concerning resistance and tolerance of plants. This service is highly recommended for all interested in detailed biotechnology information onn plants with novel traits. The documents are all online available and you will miss nothing. Biotechnology Top site!

PROTAL, GMD German National Research Center for Information Technology and Institue for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI). The PROTAL project focusses on the development of computer aided, theoretical prediction methods for structure and function of given protein sequences. This service is available in English and German.

Public Perception Issues in Biotechnology, compiled by C. Hagedorn & S. ALllender-Hagedorn, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Introduction and Sources of Concerns about the uses of biotechnology. The following Issues are available: (1) Genetic Engineering Issues in Biological Control, (2) Public Perception in agricultural and environmental biotechnology - a study of public convcerns, (3) Updates on transgenic crops (cotton, corn, soybeans, speciality crops, list of transgenic crops in the approval process). Each issue gives a detailed report with figures and tables. Links and backlinks to Virginia.

Regulation of Transgenic Arthropods (and other transgenic invertebrates), Biotechnology and Scientific Services, USDA, APHIS. Content: The transgenic athropod team, permission and regulations (includes procedures, applications), trial reporst, assessment documents, bibliography and more.

Use of Antibiotic Resistance Marker Genes in Transgenic Plants (Guidance for Industry), U. S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; published on the web by Information Systems for Biotechnology. Draft released for comment on: September 4, 1998. Contents: Need For Consultations, Format of the Consultations and List of Experts, Summary, Conclusions, References, Notes. Appendices: (1) Evaluation of the Safety of the Kanamycin Resistance Gene as a selectable Marker, (2) Review of FDA/Industry Consultations regarding new Plant Varieties and selectable Markers used to develop them, (3) Review of Positions by other Government Agencies and International Bodies on use of Antibiotic Resistance Marker in Transgenic Plants

What's up in Biotechnology?, a generic talk by Dr. Peggy G. Lemaux, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Department of Plant Biology, University of California, Berkeley. Contents: (1) What is Biotechnology?, (2) How does Biotechnology differ from classical methods of genetic manipulation?, (3) How is Biotechnology impacting Agriculture?, (4) New Product Pipeline (pest protection, fungal, bacterial, viral & insect resistance, environmental protection, herbicide resistance...), (5) Summary. All five chapters are accompanied by photos (slides from the talk). Visit also the homepage.

The WWW Virtual Library: Biotechnology

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