Experts on Agriculture in Developing World to Discuss Future Promise of Plant Biotechnology at BIO 2002

TORONTO (June 9, 2002) - A panel of experts on agriculture the developing world will convene during the Biotechnology Information Organization (BIO) 2002 International Biotechnology Convention in Toronto to discuss the economic and environmental benefits of plant biotechnology and other modern agricultural technologies for the poor.

Special emphasis will be given to the roles of the public sector and private companies, particularly as they work together in partnership to apply these technologies for food security and sustainable development.

Panelists will include Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Director, Human Development Office, United Nations Development Program; Dr. Roger N. Beachy, President, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; Clive James, Chair, International Service for Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) Board of Directors; and Dr. Vibha Dhawan, Director, Bioresources and Biotechnology Division, Tata Energy Research Institute.

Media are invited to attend the panel on Monday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m. in room 714A. Please contact BIO for more information.