The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies for Production of Bioenergy in Developing Countries

Papers and Presentations from an FAO seminar that took place on 12 October 2007 at FAO Headquarters, Rome.

The seminar was jointly organized by the FAO Working Group on Biotechnology and the FAO Working Group on Bioenergy, with the support of the US mission to the UN Agencies in Rome.

1. Bioenergy, Genomics, and Accelerated Domestication: A U.S. Example (Paper, 93 KB)

by Gerald Tuskan,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
Joint Genome Institute, United States
e-mail: tuskanga (at)

See also the Presentation (1.2 MB)

2. Bioethanol Production via Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Cellulosic Biomass (Paper, 120 KB)

by Elba Bon and Maria Antonieta Ferrara,
Chemistry Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and
Medicines and Drugs Technology Institute, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
e-mail: elba1996 (at)

See also the Presentation (2.9 MB)

3. Global Perspective on Production of Biotechnology-based Bioenergy and Major Trends (Paper, 129 KB)

Simonetta Zarrilli,
Legal Officer, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities,
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva, Switzerland
e-mail: Simonetta.Zarrilli (at)

See also the Presentation (653 KB)

4. Role of Biotechnologies for Biofuel Production in Developing Countries: The Bioenergy Dimension (Presentation, 294 KB)

by Jeff Tschirley,
Chair of the FAO Working Group on Bioenergy
FAO, Rome
e-mail: Jeff.Tschirley (at)

5. FAO's Role and Programmes in the Field of Biotechnology (Presentation, 880 KB)

by Andrea Sonnino,
Secretary of the FAO Working Group on Biotechnology
FAO, Rome
e-mail: Andrea.Sonnino (at)

6. Development of Biotechnology-based Biofuels (Presentation, 930 KB)

Carlo Bruschi,
Yeast Molecular Genetics Group,
International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Trieste, Italy
e-mail: bruschi (at)

The seminar was chaired by Shivaji Pandey, Chair of the FAO Working Group on Biotechnology

For more information on FAO activities in biotechnology and bioenergy, see and respectively.


© FAO, 2007