Agricultural Biotechnology in China: Origins and Prospects

Hardcover | December 17, 2007

byValerie J. Karplus, Xing Wang Deng

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Agricultural Biotechnology in China: Origins and Prospects is a comprehensive examination of how the origins of biotechnology research agendas, along with the effectiveness of the seed delivery system and biosafety oversight, help to explain current patterns of crop development and adoption in China. Based on firsthand insights from China's laboratories and farms, Valerie Karplus and Dr. Xing Wang Deng explore the implications of China's investment for the nation's rural development, environmental footprint, as well as its global scientific and economic competitiveness.

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Agricultural Biotechnology in China: Origins and Prospects is a comprehensive examination of how the origins of biotechnology research agendas, along with the effectiveness of the seed delivery system and biosafety oversight, help to explain current patterns of crop development and adoption in China. Based on firsthand insights from Ch...

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Over the last thirty years, China has developed one of the world's largest public research programs in agricultural biotechnology. Building on a long tradition of agricultural advances, Chinese scientists have applied biotechnology techniques to develop hundreds of novel crop varieties suited to local farming conditions and challenges....

Valerie J. Karplus graduated from Yale University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Political Science. She lived in China for two years, where she researched the development and impact of agricultural biotechnology in China while based at the China Agricultural University (2002-2003)...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:190 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.39 inPublished:December 17, 2007Publisher:SpringerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387711384

ISBN - 13:9780387711386

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Table of Contents

Preface.- Introduction.- From Seeds to EmpiresChina's Long Agricultural History.- Modern Science on the Farm The Green Revolution.- Transformation in China's Agriculture in the Twentieth Century.- Agricultural Biotechnology: New Tools for Ancient Practices.- Agricultural Biotechnology Takes Root in China.- From Lab to Field.- China's First Transgenic Crops.- Biosafety and China's Regulatory Policy.- Looking to the Future: Trends in Plant Sciences and Agricultural Biotechnology Research.- Conclusion.- Works Cited.- Index.

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"Karplus and Deng provide an excellent account of how developments in agricultural biotechnology may be the next big step in a long tradition of agricultural advances. I commend them for this outstanding piece of scholarship."Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate"The book is well written and can be easily understood by intelligent laymen who are interested in this subject. The book not only carefully documents the events, but also includes an astute analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the system."Dr. Ray Wu, Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University"This book documents the rapid rise in crop biotechnology R&D capacity in China over the past thirty years and helps illuminate a policy conundrum Chinese leaders currently face. As the authors indicate, China's success in finding the right balance between public and private priorities may well influence policies concerning agricultural biotechnology across much of the developing world."Dr. Gary Toenniessen, The Rockefeller Foundation"This book is a valuable contribution to the literature on the role of science in developing countries. The authors have done an excellent job of describing agricultural biotechnology in laymen's terms, presenting interviews with the scientists who developed the technology, and then describing the impact of technology based on the latest scholarly evidence. In addition, it has a well-balanced presentation of the current Chinese policy debates on biosafety regulation. I will definitely use it in my science policy and economic development courses in the future."Dr. Carl E. Pray, Professor of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics, Rutgers University