Annotated Links


  •, University of Washington
    These pages are designed to provide public access to ongoing research focused on the plant pathogen and biotechnology agent Agrobacterium. They are currently focused on publicly funded research projects involving genomic analyses of Agrobacterium. Our long term goal is to host data from research groups in the Agrobacterium community to expand community access, spur new research directions and promote discussion.
  • AgBioForum Magazine
    Publishes articles which enhance the on-going dialogue on the economics and management of agricultural biotechnology; provides unbiased, timely information and new ideas leading to socially responsible and economically efficient decisions in science, public policy and private strategies pertaining to agricultural biotechnology.
  • AgBiotechNet
    A service provided by CAB International and supported by the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project; publishes current information about biotechnology and biosafety for researchers and policy makers world-wide; provides access to research developments in genetic engineering and updates on economic and social issues; contains, in the news section, information on company news, intellectual property rights, technology transfer, biosafety, research briefs and bioinformatics.
  • AgBioWorld
    Devoted to bringing information about technological advances in agriculture to the developing world; provides information to teachers, scientists, journalists, and the general public on the relevance of agricultural biotechnology to sustainable development; maintains the declaration of "Scientists In Support Of Agricultural Biotechnology," and offers a discussion listserve.
  • AgCare
    Represents Ontario's growers of field and horticultural crops on agricultural pesticide use, crops biotechnology developments, and other related environmental issues; provides Ontario crop producers' unified voice on these important matters.
  • Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission (AEBC)
    Works alongside the Human Genetics Commission (HGC) which advises on how new developments in human genetics will impact on people and health care, and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) which is the body responsible for food safety, including GM food.
  • Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC)
    A guide to quality agricultural information on the Internet as selected by the National Agricultural Library, Land-Grant Universities, and other institutions. AgNIC focuses on providing agricultural information in electronic format over the World Wide Web via the Internet.
  • Agrifood Awareness Australia Limited (AFAA)
    The AFAA website features:
    • An 'Agbiotech resources' library containing more than 100 easy-to-read specific external documents on topical areas ranging from animal biotechnology and coexistence to liability and trade. Visitors to the website can access these documents under 20 specific 'areas of interest' headings.
    • An 'industry positions' section which details gene technology policies of farm associations, commodity organisations and other agricultural participants.
    • An extensive links section containing key players in the gene technology debate in Australia and internationally.
    • A comprehensive search function.
    • A selection of gene technology news stories gathered from around the world and updated weekly.
    • A scrolling question which when answered leads voters to further detailed information.
    The website will also continue to be a major communication vehicle for housing the vast amount of information materials generated by AFAA. AFAA's popular range of information sheets, Biotech Bulletins, horticulture newsletters, issues papers and full-colour booklets have been incorporated into the site. These documents are also available in hard copy from the AFAA office.
  • Ag-West Biotech
    Aims to initiate, promote and support the growth of Saskatchewan's agricultural biotechnology industries and the commercialization of related food and non-food technologies, by working with industry and external stakeholders.


  • Belgian Biosafety Server
    Is the Web server of the Service of Biosafety and Biotechnology (SBB) and hosted by the federal Scientific Institute of Public Health under aegis of the Belgian Ministry for Consumer Protection, Public Health and Environment. Contains regulatory information for Belgium, Europe, and other countries; risk assessment data; biosafety related meetings, conferences, and courses.
  • BioAbility
    BioAbility provides high-quality strategic business information to hundreds of clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life science communities. Our strategic planning, due diligence reports, informational studies, regional development planning, Virtual Information Service studies and many others.
  • Biotechnology Industry Organization
    The largest trade organization to serve and represent the emerging biotechnology industry in the United States and around the globe. Media guide to biotechnology; biotech food products list; citizen's guide to biotechnology; laws and policies; bioethics.
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  • Biotechnology Strategies and Coordination Office (Canada)
    The Biotechnology Strategies and Coordination Office (BSCO) was formally established in 1993 (although it has been in operation since 1988) to provide a one-window approach for information on biotechnology in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) for departmental senior management, interdepartmental colleagues, members of the agricultural community (companies, processors, researchers, etc.), members of the public, interest groups and the media.
  • BioTrack Online
    The Web site of OECD’s Programme on the Harmonization of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology; focuses on information related to the regulatory oversight of products of biotechnology used by governments, industry and other stakeholders; contains Consensus Documents, Regulatory Developments in Member Countries, Database of Field Trials, Biotech Product Database, and a link to OECD’s Internal Co-ordination Group for Biotechnology.


  • Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA)
    The Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA) is dedicated to developing and applying sound science to the environmental risk assessment of agricultural biotechnologies so their contributions to the sustainable production of food, fuel and fiber may be safely realized. As part of the non-profit ILSI Research Foundation, CERA serves as a scientific resource for governments, academic and private sector organisations. Our research projects and outreach activities include international representation from all three of these communities.
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest
    The CSPI Biotechnology Project addresses scientific concerns, policies, and corporate practices concerning plants, animals, and other organisms released into the environment or that may end up in our foods.
  • CGIAR Research Centers
    The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research promotes sustainable agricultural development based on the environmentally sound management of natural resources. Links to the 16 International Agriculture Research Centers include the Asian Rice Biotechnology Network (IRRI), the Asian Maize Biotechnology Network (CIMMYT), and ISNAR's Biotechnology Service.
  • CheckBiotech
    Checkbiotech produces, and distributes, news regarding biotechnology and its applications in agriculture. Our news is circulated in many news search engines, such as Google News, due to the popularity of Checkbiotech, and its services.
  • Co-Extra
    Co-Extra is an integrated research project on co-existence between GM and non GM (conventional and organic) crops. The main focus of Co-Extra is to provide the different stakeholders of the food and feed chains with fit for purpose tools and methods to allow them to practically implement co-existence and traceability required by the current and forthcoming EC regulations and demanded by European consumers.
  • Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
    A permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters relevant to genetic resources for food and agriculture; aims to ensure the conservation and sustainable utilization of genetic resources for food and agriculture, as well the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their use, for present and future generations; attempts to reach international consensus on areas of global interest, through negotiations.
  • Convention on Biological Diversity
    The Convention establishes three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources. Provides reports from Biosafety meetings; maintains Biosafety Clearing-House; and the database of Conventions of the Parties (COP) decisions.
  • Council for Biotechnology Information
    Called Whybiotech, "The council was launched in April of 2000 by seven leading biotechnology companies and two trade associations with a clear vision: to create a groundbreaking new communications initiative built on a mix of research, advertising, media relations and constituency relations." Their "vision and mission is to improve understanding and acceptance of biotechnology by collecting balanced, credible and science-based information, then communicating this information through a variety of channels." Apparently does not support Netscape.
  • CropBiotech Net
    An information network for gaining and sharing the latest updates in crop biotechnology; responds to the needs of developing countries on all aspects of crop biotechnology; helps national programs facilitate the development of a policy environment conducive to the application of biotechnologies; and promotes public understanding of scientific advances in crop biotechnology.
  • CropGen
    A consumer and media information initiative; maintained by a panel of scientists and others who advocate for GM crops by helping to achieve realism and balance in the UK public debate about crop biotechnology; highlights both potential benefits and risks.
  • CropLife International Database of the Benefits and Safety of Biotechnology
    The purpose of this database is to locate and access credible scientific information about the demonstrated benefits associated with the use of agricultural biotechnology products, and about their safety. The database provides access to a selection of quality studies that highlight the global benefits of these products.



  • Electronic Journal of Biotechnology
    An international scientific electronic journal which publishes papers from all areas related to Biotechnology; covers from molecular biology and the chemistry of biological process to aquatic and earth environmental aspects, as well as computational applications and policy issues directly related to Biotechnology.
  • Environmental Biosafety Research
    An interdisciplinary Journal for Research on GMOs and the Environment containing peer-reviewed research and review articles relevant to the science-based safety evaluation of all types of genetically modified organisms (GMOS) that are intended for release into the environment; offers international expertise, rapid publication, electronic distribution for research articles, reviews, and a debate forum.
  • European Federation of Biotechnology
    The European Federation of Biotechnology is the non-profit association of all national and cross-national Learned Societies, Universities, Institutes, Companies and Individuals interested in the promotion of Biotechnology throughout Europe and beyond. The objective of EFB is to promote safe and ethically acceptable biotechnology for the better use of Nature's resources. EFB also wishes to expand collaborations between academic and industrial researchers throughout Europe to increase competencies, strengthen education, promote innovation and increase the benefits of biotechnological research to society at large.

    The "Section on Biodiversity" is the most recently established EFB Section. Priority topics of the Section are: Benefits and threats from GMO's; How can Biodiversity help in research?; Enhancing knowledge about soil microbiology; Biodiversity and Population Genetics; and Active participation in the development and outlining of research programmes on a European level.


  • FAO: Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture
    Provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this site contains a range of features that may be of value to anyone interested in the role and impact of biotechnology in food and agriculture, including: FAO Statement on Biotechnology; an overview of FAO's activities in this area, which include providing advice and assistance to Member Countries, disseminating information and monitoring new developments; an overview of biotechnology in the agro-industry, crop, fisheries, forestry and livestock sectors; and the FAO Electronic Forum on Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture, which operates a series of moderated e-mail conferences.


  • GMO Africa Blog
    Gmo Africa is an important resource on modern agricultural biotechnology. It will give your users an opportunity to understand the place of modern agricultural biotechnology in Africa and the rest of the developing world.
  • GMO Compass
    GMO-Compass is an independent online information source designed to give consumers facts on the potential risks and benefits associated with growing genetically modified crops. Funded by the European Commission, the site aims to promote informed debate on GMOs. At GMO-Compass, users can access the GMO database, which contains every GMO approval application submitted in the European Union. All available documentation on each GMO awaiting or granted approval is made available, including descriptions of ongoing or completed safety research. Users can also find information about where GMOs are planted, what benefits they can offer, what risks could be involved, how they are regulated, and what is being doing to enable their coexistence with conventional crops.
  • GMO Guidelines Project
    The Project is an international initiative of public sector scientists in the International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC). The project goal is to establish scientific tools and methods for assessing the potential environmental impacts of genetically modified crops and their role in integrated pest management.
  • GMObelus
    A new website covering news and commentary in the field of agricultural biotechnology is edited by Andrew Apel. GMObelus takes a noticeably different approach to selecting and editing the daily news, and ends each week with a commentary that wraps up the week's events. In addition, it offers those who register with the website a free, and highly secure, method of posting their own insights on the news. The intended result of this format is to offer the ag biotech community, and the general public, a running account of the latest political, business, legal, and scientific developments regarding GMOs in agriculture. In addition, it presents the 'lighter side' of genetic engineering -- a development late in coming, but nonetheless welcome. You are all invited to register with GMObelus, and to contribute your insights.
  • - Biosafety research made transparent
    The internet portal provides up-to-date, clear information about the research projects funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on the biological safety of genetically modified plants. A comprehensive database with summaries of the research topics, methods and results is supplemented by background reports and interviews and insights into the day-to-day work of researchers. The portal makes the findings of biological safety research accessible to the general public and is intended to help people form an informed opinion. It is produced on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research by the project partners Genius GmbH, Darmstadt; TransGen, Aachen and the TÜV Nord Group.



  • Indian GMO Research Information System (IGMORIS)
    Indian GMO Research Information System (IGMORIS) is a database on activities involving the use of GMOs and products thereof in India. The primary purpose of this website is to make available objective and realistic scientific information relating to GMOs and products thereof under research and commercial use to all stakeholders including scientists, regulators, industry and the public in general. It is also expected to promote national and international collaborations.
  • Information Systems for Biotechnology
    Information Systems for Biotechnology (ISB) provides information on agricultural and environmental biotechnology research, product development, regulatory issues, and biosafety. The site offers a free monthly news report, searchable databases of US field tests of GM organisms and deregulated organisms, links to international field trial sources, publications, and much more. ISB is an independent project supported by a grant from the USDA/CSREES National Biological Impact Assessment Program (NBIAP) to Virginia Tech.
  • International Center For Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology - ICGEB
    An international organization established to promote the safe use of biotechnology world-wide with special regard to the needs of the developing world; coordinates a network of national laboratories in Member Countries. ICGEB's Scientific and Institutional Services contains Bioinformatics and Computer Resources, Database Functions, Technical Support, Advisory Services, Institutional Activities, and Biotechnology Development.
  • International Rice Research Institute
    IRRI is a non-profit agricultural research and training center established to improve the well-being of present and future generations of rice farmers and consumers, particularly those with low incomes. It is dedicated to helping farmers in developing countries produce more food on limited land using less water, less labor and less chemical inputs, and without harming the environment.





  • Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology
    Established to be an independent and objective source of credible information on agricultural biotechnology for the public, media and policymakers; supports informed public dialogue on ways that the regulatory system may need to evolve to address the issues posed by the anticipated development of this new technology and the growing body of scientific knowledge.
  • PlantStress
    The site presents concise and updated discussions of the main stresses: drought, heat, cold, salinity, soil mineral deficiency and soil mineral toxicity. It includes a bulletin board, links list, reference database, list of files and presentations, table of quantitative trait loci and major genes for abiotic stress tolerance in plants, and a table on performance of transgenic plants carrying abiotic stress resistance genes.



  • Seed Biotechnology Center
    Mobilizes the research, educational, and outreach resources of UC Davis in partnership with the seed industry to facilitate commercialization of new technologies for agricultural and consumer benefits; provides an extensive depth and breadth of seed biotechnology resource information and updates, including technical information on seed production, information on reproductive biology of seed crops, and links to seed-related industry and government organizations.


    The Web site, a part of the University of California Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources Statewide Biotechnology Workgroup, provides science-based information to the public on issues relating to the application of biotechnology to crops. For the scientific community, educational tools and an extensive database of pertinent scientific literature are available to promote participation in the dialog. Teaching aids for students and teachers are provided.
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
    The common threads of global sustainability and global security weave the Union of Concerned Scientists's work on agriculture, arms control, energy, global resources, and transportation into a unified vision: achieving a secure and sustainable world today without sacrificing the environment of tomorrow.
  • US Regulatory Agencies Unified Biotechnology Website
    The Agencies primarily responsible for regulating biotechnology in the United States are the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Products are regulated according to their intended use, with some products being regulated under more than one agency.
  • USDA APHIS Agricultural Biotechnology
    Contains detailed information on how the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the movement, importation, and field testing of genetically engineered plants and microorganisms through permitting and notification procedures; links to other APHIS web sites containing information on permits for other types of genetically-engineered organisms or products such as transgenic arthropods, products with applications as veterinary biologics, as well as non-genetically engineered articles such as plant pests, plants and plant products, and animal and animal products.
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