Animal Genetic Research Increasingly Focuses on Medical and Pharmaceutical Markets rather than on Food Production

According to a recent report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), patenting activity in the field of animal genetics is focusing on medical and pharmaceutical markets, rather than animal products for human nutrition. A vast amount of scientific literature on animal genetic resources, transgenic animals and patents in this field is available in the CAB Direct database. The literature, which originates from more than 150 countries and is published in over 50 languages, is translated and indexed by CABI’s specialists for easy searching. The CAB Direct database currently contains more than 23,000 references with abstracts on animal genetic resources.
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Substantial update to the ISC myrtle rust datasheet to coincide with the species discussion at the IUFRO 2014 World Congress this week

Effects of the invasive myrtle rust (Puccinia psidii) on the paperbark tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia) in Australia (July, 2011). CABI has recently published a comprehensive review and update of its ISC datasheet on the globally important pathogen Puccinia psidii, commonly known as myrtle rust or guava rust. This problematic fungus is of worldwide importance and is…
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Celebrating International Biodiversity Day!

22 May is International Biodiversity Day! This year, the theme is Island Biodiversity which was chosen to coincide with the UN's International Year of Small Island Developing States. Islands and their surrounding seas are unique. They ae often made up of many plant and animal species that are endemic—found nowhere else on Earth. The legacy of a unique…
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Inuit people seeing major impacts resulting from climate warming

 Climate change is still a hot issue with talk of negotiations and reductions of emissions in greenhouse gases in advance of the Copenhagen summit in December. But how is climate change affecting us in our daily lives? Here in the UK, I would be hard pushed to see the effects of climate change unless you…
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What would catastrophic climate change involve?

We are quite used to hearing warnings of  'catastrophic climate change' if we don't reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, but how many of us have a clear idea of what this might mean? An article published in New Scientist a few weeks ago looked at this issue, and it made me feel quite nostalgic for…
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The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznań, 1-12 December 2008

The 14th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 4th meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol opened today in Poznan, Poland. The conference will draw almost 11000 participants, including government delegates from the 187 Parties to the UNFCCC and representatives from business and industry (See announcement video by the UNFCCC Executive Secretary on…
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