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The items focus on conferences, workshops, training courses and other events organised by FAO, other UN agencies/bodies and the 15 CGIAR research centres. The events cover all food and agricultural sectors (crops, forestry, fisheries/aquaculture, livestock, agro-industry) and a wide range of biotechnologies (e.g. use of molecular markers, artificial insemination, triploidisation, biofertilisers, micropropagation, genomics, genetic modification etc.). The news and event items on this website are also disseminated through an e-mail newsletter called FAO-BiotechNews that is published in six different versions, one per language i.e. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. To subscribe, send a message to indicating which e-mail addresses are to be subscribed and in which language they wish to receive the newsletter.


The initiative was established to provide support in the coordination of research efforts in molecular genetics, genomics and genetic analysis generally in the Triticeae. This annual workshop, organised by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), will present recent advances, including structural and functional genomics mapping and cloning, molecular breeding, wheat genetic resources, bioinformatics and new technologies for cereal crops.
Mexico City. Mexico
Organised by the Argentine Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (SAGyP), International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), United Nations University Biotechnology Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-BIOLAC) and International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI Argentina), this workshop is intended primarily for professionals working in regulatory agencies, researchers working on animal biotechnology and experts in the field of biosafety research. Its main objectives are disseminating information, enhancing cooperation and providing capacity building. The workshop is conducted in English.
Buenos Aires. Argentina
A practical course organized by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Participants must have a basic working knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology, a basic familiarity with computer uses and a need for DNA or protein sequence analysis for their ongoing research. The course is limited to 30 participants and deadline for applications is 27 January 2011.
Trieste. Italy
The World Bank Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Global Expert Team and the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector is hosting this book launch and lecture by Calestous Juma, which is also webstreamed.
Washington, DC. United States of America
Organized by the Atomic Energy Commission of Syria, on behalf of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, this practical and theoretical course is limited to 15 participants who should have a basic working knowledge in applied molecular microbiology and should be directly involved in research covered by the course. Deadline for applications is 31 December 2010.
Damascus. Syria
The programme for this 7th Latin American and Caribbean Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnology consists of 6 plenary sessions and 16 symposia, covering a wide range of topics such as emerging technologies, biodiversity, bioenergy and biofuels, biotechnology in animals, forestry and tropical fruits. REDBIO is the Technical Co-operation Network on Agricultural Biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean, and this major meeting is held every three years.
Guadalajara. Mexico
Organised by the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in cooperation with the Dry Grain Pulses Collaborative Research Support Programme, Purdue University and the Institut Senegalais de Recherches Agricoles, the conference will cover a wide number of topics ranging from cowpea genetic improvement and use of molecular tools, to human nutrition and processing and enterprise development.
Dakar. Senegal
Sponsored, among others, by FAO, the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Environment Program, one of its main topics is date palm research and development, covering molecular and genetic engineering; germplasm and propagation; and improved date palm cultural practices.
Abu Dhabi. United Arab Emirates
Held roughly every five years since 1985 by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the symposium will showcase the latest developments in the field, including research on breeding, mapping of genes and quantitative trait loci, identification and cloning of candidate genes for biotic and abiotic stresses, gene expression, and genomic databases and mutant induction for functional genomics. It will be held in conjunction with the 7th International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics.
Manila. Philippines
Organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry for Environment, for the Protection of the Territory and the Sea, this workshop aims to provide participants with experience in the examination of scientific data submitted in environmental risk assessment reports. Deadline for applications is 27 May.
Ca Tron di Roncade. Italy
Supported, among others, by FAO, its objective is to serve as a platform for presenting and debating key issues and strategies relevant for increasing the yield and stability of crops under drought conditions by genetic and crop management approaches. The eight sessions in the preliminary programme include molecular and physiological bases of plant adaptation to drought (session 4) and applied genomics and genetics of drought resistance (session 5).
Shanghai. China
Organised by FAO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), International Seed Federation (ISF) and International Seed Testing Association (ISTA), the conference comprises a two-day Expert Forum, followed by a one-day Policy Forum. The Expert Forum, which takes place in English, aims to provide information and facilitate discussion on means of encouraging the development of new plant varieties and the production and distribution of high quality seed in order to meet the demands of a changing world. Among the many issues to be explored here, there is one on the role of new technologies and methodologies in plant breeding. The Policy Forum, which has simultaneous interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish, reviews the conclusions of the Expert Forum on means to provide an enabling environment that encourages the development of new varieties and facilitates the production and distribution of high quality seed.
Rome. Italy
A training course, organised by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), for breeders and agronomists working on variety development or testing in the public and private sectors. Among other things, it also provides theoretical background on modern breeding methods and techniques including use of biotechnology.
Los Banos. Philippines
Organised by the World Agroforestry Centre, and co-sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the University of Florida, the congress theme is Agroforestry - The future of global land use. Plenary, symposia, concurrent sessions and poster sessions will be organized around different major topics. The tentative list of technical sessions includes one on `integrating genomics in agroforestry`.
Nairobi. Kenya
A theoretical and practical course organised by the Biotechnology Centre of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta on behalf of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). It is open to scientists and researchers, and is aimed at assisting scientists in the life sciences who wish to acquire basic contemporary molecular biology techniques. Deadline for applicants is 29 January 2009.
Abekouta. Nigeria
A practical course, organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), limited to 30 participants. Participants must have a basic working knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology, a basic familiarity with computer uses and a need for DNA or protein sequence analysis for their ongoing research. Deadline for applications is 29 January 2009.
Trieste. Italy
A theoretical and practical course held at the Javeriana University, on behalf of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), the objectives of the course are that it will provide students with the basic knowledge needed for exploring diverse habitats using metagenomic and bioinformatics and that through lectures and practical sessions they will learn the basic steps and tools to carry out work in metagenomics and process and analyze data using bioinformatics. There are places for 25 participants, the official course language is English and deadline for applications is 28 February 2009.
Bogota. Colombia
Organised annually by the International Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology Research (ICABR), the theme of years conference, organised with a number of partners, including the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), is the emerging bio-economy.
Ravello. Italy
Organised by the Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), in partnership with the Alliance of the CGIAR Centres and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), and hosted by the Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Forum will focus on innovative science and the arrangements that can help to mobilize it more effectively to address poverty alleviation and sustainable natural resource management. One of the themes is "Beyond the yield curve: exerting the power of genetics, genomics and synthetic biology". The Secretariats of the Science Council and GFAR, as well as the Alliance Office, are all based at FAO Headquarters, Rome.
Wageningen. Netherlands
This international symposium addresses the early and rapid diagnosis and control methods for transboundary animal diseases including those of a zoonotic nature; improved reproduction technologies and breeding strategies; and the efficient and sustainable use of locally available resources for animal production.
Vienna. Austria
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Agricultural Biotechnologies in Developing Countries (ABDC-10) Conference