Gene Transfer Technology for
The Power and Potential for Significant Crop Improvement
In the early 1970's, California scientists first succeeded at splicing viral and bacterial DNAs in the test tube, heralding the birth of the recombinant DNA (rDNA) era, popularly known as genetic engineering, gene transfer technology, gene splicing, molecular biotechnology, and transgenics.
Environmental Biotechnology Division
Searched out, for the environmental pollution especially caused by the industrial waste water. Research on a particular problem is carried out in collaboration with different industries and a tailor made process is developed and handed over.
Legal cover need to address potential risks
Pakistan needs a sound legal framework to address the potential risks of Genetically Modified Organisms
(GMOs), said Professor Dr Riaz Hussain Qureshi, vice-chancellor, University of Agriculture Faisalabad
US appears split over biotech food case: EU
The Bush administration appears to be split over whether to bring a trade case against the European Union for blocking imports of genetically modified crops, EU officials said on Friday.
Genetically Engineered Agriculture for Plastic Production
When the subject is genetically engineered crops, whether used for food, plastics, or specifically designed to produce an ingredient for plastic, they are totally unnatural and have no precidence in the history of the agriculture or that of the Earth.
Reap cautious about new Genetically Modified varieties of rice
Director, Centre of Excellence for Molecular Biology (CEMB),
has suggested that 'Genetically Modified (GM)' new variety of
Basmati rice, evolved by the centre, should be handed over to
the Agriculture Department for undertaking.
No Evidence Cloned Animals Are Unsafe to Eat, But Data Still Lacking
The possibility of certain genetically engineered fish and other animals escaping and potentially introducing engineered genes into wild populations tops the list of concerns associated with advances in animal biotechnology, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council. On the other hand, no evidence yet exists that products from cloned livestock are unsafe for human consumption, although the committee that wrote the report found it difficult to identify concerns without additional information about food composition, which could be collected using available analytical tests.
Who Benefits from Biotechnology?
We all have our biases and regardless of what anyone says, our biases influence our perspectives. As scientists we strive to eliminate our biases from our research but the very fact that we look at one issue and not another reveals our biases. What we should strive for is to control our biases and acknowledge them from the beginning.
Bio-Technology : Environmental Benefits
Biotechnology is used to strengthen a crop's own ability to defend itself against destructive insects, reducing and sometimes eliminating the need for chemical pesticides. The plants are given the genetic ability to produce a protein - toxic to certain insects - that is found in a common soil bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt.
Benefits of Agricultural Biotechnolog
Agricultural biotechnology improves crop plants by providing built-in protection against diseases and insects, and by instilling herbicide tolerance, which creates opportunities to produce more and better foods in a sustainable way. Following are some of the current benefits of biotechnology, and opportunities for the future.
Participatory Disease Surveillance
All the animals' diseases have the potential to adversely effect human
population and economy of the country but the transboundry animal's diseases are great threat for the lives of animals / livestock in the global village (WORLD). The Transboundry Animals Diseases (TAD) are causing serious socio economic losses and possible health hazards.
Environmental impacts of genetic engineering
The introduction of genetically engineered organisms into complex ecosystems is a global experiment with unpredictable and irreversible consequences. Genetic pollution may be passed on to all future generations of life.
Living without Bio-Safety laws
Man has been making use of biotechnology for centuries, long before the terminology was even coined.
More recently-developed gene technology has now made the word "biotechnology" a household name due to its association with the controversial subject of genetically-modified organisms, GMOs.
BIOTECHNOLOGY An Excellence of Nature
"... As technological innovation has always played an important role in meeting human food needs since the dawn of agriculture. And if we look forward to the new century, the benefits of the technological innovations of the last century—mechanization, hybridization, chemical fertilizers and pesticides—are beginning to wane.
Economical Application of Biotechnology
Biology in this century has become an information science.
Many programs and initiatives underway at major research
institutions and leading companies are already giving shape to
Engineering. Why it is vital for Pakistan?
Biotechnology is making it possible for researchers and
developers to deliver products that help farmers protect their
crops; and improve the economy and environment while they grow
grains that improve the quality of the food we eat.
What Is Biotechnology?
A Revolutionary Scenario in
High Tech, Sustainable Agriculture Productivity and Global
Food Security. by Dr. Fayyaz Saddique
Crop Area Continues to Grow
The global area of transgenic crops, often referred to as
genetically modified or GM crops, is likely to reach 50
million hectares, or 125 million acres, at the end of 2001.
Agricultural productivity and
nuclear techniques Report
sustainable development: Voices of South & North".
Feeding the five billion New agricultural techniques
Bio safety laws stressed
Hybrid Bt Rice
BT-COTTON :Can farmers in Pakistan afford not to grow it?
Biotechnology: need to do the
Future Energy: BIO-FUEL