Michigan State University - POSTER : Can GMOs play a role in adapting sub-Saharan Africa’s agriculture to climate change? MOSTI - The Role of Biotechnology in mitigating and adapting climate change impact on food security. Areas of expertise SELAMAT is a network organisation that brings together stakeholders dealing with food production from Europe and Asia to share methodology, expertise, knowledge and policy developments related to food production with emphasis on food safety, food quality and related issues.
Subjects of mutual interest in relation to research, development, training and trade in this area are: Certification & Normalisation (i.e. open exchange of methods, new detection methods, risk assessment). Sustainable production systems for food safety (i.e. unintended effects, public perception transparency).Trade issues (i.e. market stability, traceability). New Course: Validation of chemical methods for residue analysis Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands Dates: May 26th & May 27th Course leader: Bjorn Berendsen,PhD Selamat flyer 2013 (English) Selamat flyer 2013 English.pdf (542,71 kb) Flyers in other languages can be found at the Publications page.
BLOG IMPOSTEURS 27/01/09 Changement climatique et biotechnologies. Un rapport commandé par le gouvernement australien a été publié en Décembre 2008 .
Il s’agit de : Australia’s crops and pastures in a changing climate – can biotechnology help? (1). Même sans être des anglicistes distingués, vous aurez compris qu’il s’agit de réflêchir sur les conséquences des changements climatiques prévus dans les prochaines décennies sur l’agriculture et sur les outils qu’offrent les biotechnologies pour y répondre. Se basant sur les études les plus récentes du GIEC, les auteurs considèrent la réalité du processus de réchauffement climatique global comme une donnée non équivoque qui devrait se traduire en 2030 par un accroissement de l’ordre de 1° C de la température moyenne pour le continent australien (2) par rapport aux années 1990.
Les contrastes climatiques tant géographiques (côtes, intérieur du pays) que leur distribution temporelle ( par exemple alternance de périodes sêches et de précipitation abondantes) seraient renforcés. EUROPA BIO - JUNE 2009 - Green Biotechnology and Climate Change. BIO_ORG - Bumper Crop: Biotech Can Mitigate Climate Change. Can the biotechnology industry feed a hungry world?
Maybe not all by itself, but productivity gains through biotechnology are increasingly important, considering the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reports that feeding a world population of 9.1 billion in 2050 will require raising food production by 70 percent. That number jumps to 100 percent in developing countries, where farmers are more adversely affected by climate change. The need for biotechnology to help offset climate change came to light in December at the climate talks in Copenhagen, when U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a report entitled The Effects of Climate Change on U.S. Ecosystems. The USDA report identifies the following trends: Grain and oilseed crops will mature more rapidly, but increasing temperatures up the risk of crop failures, particularly where precipitation decreases or becomes more variable.
“Action by the United States and other developed countries is not enough,” he stressed. SCIENCE DAILY 19/01/06 Growing Crops To Cope With Climate Change. Scientists at the UK's leading plant science centre have uncovered a gene that could help to develop new varieties of crop that will be able to cope with the changing world climate.
Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) at the John Innes Centre in Norwich have identified the gene in barley that controls how the plant responds to seasonal changes in the length of the day. This is key to understanding how plants have adapted their flowering behaviour to different environments. The John Innes Centre researchers have discovered that the Ppd-H1 gene in barley controls the timing of the activity of another gene called CO. When the length of the day is long enough CO activates one of the key genes that triggers flowering.
Naturally occurring variation in Ppd-H1 affects the time of day when CO is activated. Professor Julia Goodfellow, BBSRC Chief Executive, said, "Climate change presents a huge challenge for the world. AGBIOFORUM - 2002 - Climate Change for Biotechnology? UK Public Opinion 1991-2002. Climate Change for Biotechnology?
UK Public Opinion 1991-2002 George Gaskell, Nick Allum, Martin Bauer, Jonathan Jackson, Susan Howard, and Nicola Lindsey London School of Economics; University of Surrey; L.E.K. Consulting The 1991-2002 Eurobarometer surveys show a steady decline in optimism about biotechnology in the United Kingdom (UK) through the 1990s. Key words: biotechnology, Eurobarometer survey, GM foods, GM crops, public opinion, United Kingdom. Introduction The United Kingdom's government-sponsored debate on genetically modified crops, "GM Nation? What people really think about modern biotechnology has been a concern for some time (Durant, 1992).
The social survey is another approach to public opinion. Survey Research and Public Consultation Two features of survey research deserve comment. Biotechnology Enters the Public Sphere As long ago as the late 1980s, when biotechnology was still confined to the laboratory, the importance of public perceptions was recognized. PNAS 25/05/99 Global and local implications of biotechnology and climate change for future food supplies. Abstract The development of improved technology for agricultural production and its diffusion to farmers is a process requiring investment and time.
A large number of studies of this process have been undertaken. The findings of these studies have been incorporated into a quantitative policy model projecting supplies of commodities (in terms of area and crop yields), equilibrium prices, and international trade volumes to the year 2020. These projections show that a “global food crisis,” as would be manifested in high commodity prices, is unlikely to occur. The same projections show, however, that in many countries, “local food crisis,” as manifested in low agricultural incomes and associated low food consumption in the presence of low food prices, will occur. I. Projections of food supply have typically been based on past experience. These projections are first developed for a “base case,” where they may be compared with other projections. II. 1. 2.