Biotechnology as a toolbox to study and monitor agricultural genetic resources

SBSTTA Side Event: Friday 22 February, 13:15 - 14:25, Mexico Room, D-211, FAO Headquarters, Rome.

Organised by the FAO Working Group on Biotechnology as a side event to the 13th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity that takes place from 18 to 22 February 2008 at FAO Headquarters, Rome.

After the event, a short summary of the presentations was prepared.


13.15: FAO's Role and Programmes in the Field of Biotechnology (PDF, 1.2 MB)

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

13.30: The Use of Molecular Markers for Preserving Genetic Resources in Wild Fish Populations (PDF, 1.1 MB)

One-Page Summary of the Presentation

Prof. Michael M. Hansen
Technical University of Denmark
National Institute of Aquatic Resources
Vejlsoevej 39
DK-8600 Silkeborg
mmh (at)

13.50: The Application of DNA Markers to Monitoring Adaptation and Migration of Forest Tree Species (PDF, 0.9 MB)

Prof. Michele Morgante,
Istituto Genomica Applicata
Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico Luigi Danieli
Via J.Linussio, 51 33100 Udine
morgante (at)

14.10: General discussion

Moderated by Dr. Shivaji Pandey, Chair of the FAO Working Group on Biotechnology

14.25: End

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