News FocusPlant Biotechnology

Australian Center Develops Tools for Developing World

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Science  03 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5433, pp. 1481-1483
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5433.1481

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MELBOURNE-- A Canberra-based institute called CAMBIA is giving plant scientists and farmers in the developing world the tools to create and apply the latest technologies to overcome local problems. Founded in 1992, CAMBIA is intended to be both a genetic workshop for better agricultural practices and a clearinghouse on intellectual property issues. Last month CAMBIA's efforts received a major boost when it was chosen as the biotechnology arm of the Institute for International Tropical Agriculture, the Nigeria-based research center that is part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Many plant scientists think this recognition is long overdue.