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Economic and social issues in agricultural biotechnology.

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This book presents 21 selected revised and edited papers from the 4th and 5th meetings of the International Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology Research, held in Italy in 2000 and 2001. Topics covered include: intellectual property rights and technological exchange; public-private issues; genetic technologies and methods; developing country experiences; and international models. The book will...

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Chapter 9 (Page no: 159)

Impact of terminator technologies in developing countries: a framework for economic analysis.

This paper provides a general discussion of terminator technology (genetic use restriction technologies) in the context of developing countries. The consequences of terminator technology for the implementation, enforcement and duration of intellectual property rights for plant varieties are discussed, as well as its impact on the appropriability of returns to investment in plant breeding and the level of investment in the development of new plant varieties. It is concluded that terminator technology, by providing a technological response to the problem of inadequate appropriability, can be a corrective to market failure. It has the potential to increase private research spending on self-pollinated crops to the level of hybrids. However, there are legitimate concerns about the use of the technology. Firstly, the environmental consequences of the technology can be far-reaching and complex. Secondly, the use of the technology in an industry that is oligopolistic and highly concentrated may imply that farmers lose their right to choose and competitive pressures that are so necessary for innovation may cease.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) From the Green Revolution to the Gene Revolution. Author(s): Evenson, R. E.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 17) Conflicts in intellectual property rights of genetic resources: implications for agricultural biotechnology. Author(s): Butler, L. J.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 31) Sui generis protection of plant varieties in Asian agriculture: a regional regime in the making? Author(s): Egelyng, H.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 43) Intellectual property aspects of traditional agricultural knowledge. Author(s): Blakeney, M.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 61) Farmers' rights and intellectual property rights - reconciling conflicting concepts. Author(s): Alker, D. Heidhues, F.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 93) Universities, technology transfer and industrial R&D. Author(s): Graff, G. Heiman, A. Zilberman, D. Castillo, F. Parker, D.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 119) Mergers and intellectual property in agricultural biotechnology. Author(s): Marco, A. C. Rausser, G. C.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 137) Cost of conserving genetic resources at ex situ genebanks: an example of the ICARDA genebank. Author(s): Koo, B. Pardey, P. G. Valkoun, J. Wright, B. D.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 181) The impact of genetic use restriction technologies on developing countries: a forecast. Author(s): Goeschl, T. Swanson, T.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 193) Managing proprietary technology in agricultural research. Author(s): Komen, J. Cohen, J. I. Falconi, C. Salazar, S.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 203) Is marker-assisted selection cost-effective compared with conventional plant breeding methods? The case of quality protein Maize. Author(s): Dreher, K. Morris, M. Khairallah, M. Ribaut, J. M. Shivaji Pandey Ganesan Srinivasan
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 237) Can biotechnology reach the poor? The adequacy of information and seed delivery. Author(s): Tripp, R.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 251) Value of engineered virus resistance in crop plants and technology cooperation with developing countries. Author(s): Flasinski, S. Aquino, V. M. Hautea, R. A. Kaniewski, W. K. Lam, N. D. Ong, C. A. Pillai, V. Romyanon, K.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 269) Institutions and institutional capacity for biotechnology - a case study of India. Author(s): Rhoe, V. Shantharam, S. Babu, S.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 287) Social and economic impact ex ante evaluation of Embrapa's biotechnology research products. Author(s): Avila, A. F. D. Quirino, T. R. Contini, E. Rech Filho, E. L.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 309) Intellectual property protection and the international marketing of agricultural biotechnology: firm and host country impacts. Author(s): Goldsmith, P. Ramos, G. Steiger, C.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 325) Efficiency effects of Bt cotton adoption by smallholders in Makhathini Flats, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Author(s): Ismaƫl, Y. Beyers, L. Thirtle, C. Piesse, J.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 351) Income and employment effects of transgenic herbicide-resistant cassava in Colombia: a preliminary simulation. Author(s): Pachico, D. Escobar, Z. Rivas, L. Gottret, V. Perez, S.
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 359) Estimating the economic effects of GMOs: the importance of policy choices and preferences. Author(s): Anderson, K. Nielsen, C. P. Robinson, S.
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 393) Smallholders, transgenic varieties, and production efficiency: the case of cotton farmers in China. Author(s): Huang JiKun Hu RuiFa Rozelle, S. Qiao, F. B. Pray, C. E.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Agricultural and Food Economics, University of Reading, Earley Gate, Whiteknights Road, Reading RG6 6AR, Berkshire, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2002
  • ISBN
  • 9780851996189
  • Record Number
  • 20023100373