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Nature Biotechnology's symposium - Agbiotech 99: Biotechnology and

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Nature Biotechnology's symposium Agbiotech 99: Biotechnology and World

The Millennium Conference Centre, London, UK November 14-16, 1999

After more than 25 years of development, agricultural biotechnology is
finally ready to deliver products beyond those related to insect and
herbicide resistance, products that could significantly impact human
nutrition and health. At the very same time, mounting opposition to the use
of this technology is attracting considerable attention-particularly in
Europe. So far the debate has generated much heat, with little light shed
on the crucial issues of safety, ecological impact, agricultural utility,
and the effects of this technology on the global economy.

Nature Biotechnology's symposium Agbiotech 99: Biotechnology and World
Agriculture will attempt to address these issues by bringing together
decision makers from biotechnology and agricultural product companies,
government and regulatory agencies, NGOs, academia, consumer organizations,
and the press to discuss the science that drives this technology as well as
the political, economic, and social questions that surround its

The symposium begins with an overview session that will explore current
perspectives on agricultural biotechnology's potential impact on global
nutrition and economy. Environmental risks of transgenic crops will be
discussed as well.
It will then turn to developments in transgenic crops engineered for insect
and herbicide resistance, with an emphasis on what lessons have been
learned from past implementation, before moving on to cover the most
promising new technologies on the horizon.

The final presentations will examine advances in the improvement of crop
yield and traits, as well as the enhancement of nutrition. The symposium
will end with a roundtable discussion (speakers and delegates) of future
directions for agricultural biotechnology.
It is hoped that participants in the symposium will be able to move the
public debate about agricultural biotechnology forward through the open
discussion of the information presented at this meeting. As attendance will
be limited to 300, we encourage early application in order to be considered
for admission.

Speakers (in alphabetical order)

*	Ian T. Baldwin
*	Detlef Bartsch
*	Roger N. Beachy
*	Richard Braun*
*	Michelle Caboche
*	Marc Cantley
*	Nam Hai Chua
*	Gordon Conway*
*	George Coopland*
*	Willy de Greef
*	Philippe Desmarescaux
*	Jacques Diouf*
*	Geoffrey Duyk
*	Kim Kandar*
*	Richard Flavell
*	Robb Fraley
*	Michael Gale
*	Dan Glickman*
*	Luis R. Herrera Estrella
*	HRH, The Prince of Wales*
*	Brian Johnson
*	Pal Maliga
*	Sir Robert May
*	Ben Miflin
*	Susan McCouch
*	Denis J. Murphy
*	Ingo Potrykus
*	C. S. Prakash
*	John Ryals
*	Ismail Serageldin*
*	Pim Stemmer
*	Michael Sussman
*	Dirk Toet
*	Marc Van Montagu
*	Indra K. Vasil
*	Lothar Willmitzer
*	Marc Zabeau

* invited

Conference Agenda
	Sunday November 14, 1999
Session I: Agricultural Biotechnology-Current Perspectives 2:00 PM
Cocktail hour 6:30 PM
	Monday November 15, 1999
Continental Breakfast 7:00 AM
Session II: Insect and Herbicide Resistance -- Lessons Learned 8:30 AM
Lunch 12:30 PM
Session III: Enabling Technologies 2:30 PM
Wine and Cheese 6:00 PM
	Tuesday November 16, 1999
Continental Breakfast 7:00 AM
Session IV: Improving Crop Yield and Traits 8:00 AM
Lunch 12:00 PM
Session V: Improving Human Health and Nutrition 1:30 PM
Roundtable Discussion: Impact of Agricultural Biotechology 4:30 PM

There will be several poster sessions during the symposium that will allow
delegates ample time to meet and discuss new developments. Poster abstracts
will be published in the symposium book distributed to the delegates.
Abstracts can be submitted for approval by attaching them to the online
registration form at http://www.bioedge.net or by emailing them as an
attachment to info at bioedge.net. Please write "New Agbiotech Abstract" in
the subject line of the email. For further information, contact BioEdge.Net
at the these numbers:

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