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.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 165
Weight: 302 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 10 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 200
"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
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