Gary H. Toenniessen

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Developing countries are already benefiting and should continue to benefit significantly from advances in plant biotechnology. Insect-protected cotton containing a natural insecticide protein from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt cotton) is providing millions of farmers with increased yields, reduced insecticide costs and fewer health risks. Many other useful(More)
The theme of this conference, Biotechnology: Science and Society at a Crossroad, is particularly relevant to developing countries, where decisions concerning the use of agricultural technologies profoundly affect large numbers of people. Currently, 80% of the world’s population lives in developing countries. By 2050, the United Nations estimates that the(More)
Most of Africa's people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. These predominantly small-scale farmers face many challenges, including food insecurity, rising poverty, and natural resource degradation. To increase the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of their farms, they need greater access to affordable(More)
In the past decade, micronutrient malnutrition has been identified as a major underlying cause of numerous human health problems in developing countries. The international agricultural research system has been highly successful in producing crop varieties with traits desired by farmers, such as higher yield and greater tolerance of poor growing conditions.(More)
The purpose of this review is to provide plant molecular biologists who may not be familiar with the international agricultural research system with a better understanding of the system and its potential for utilizing the results of research in plant molecular biology to increase food production in the developing world. The use of science and technology to(More)
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