Research

The FAO has developed the FAO-BioDeC database to gather, store, organise and disseminate updated baseline information on the state-of-the-art of crop biotechnology products and techniques that are either in use or in the pipeline in developing countries. The database comprises around 2000 entries from 70 developing countries, including countries with economies in transition. The database gives an overview of the different stages of adoption and development of these biotechnologies in the different countries and regions. As well as information on GMOs, it also contains information on other biotechnological products such as those obtained by micropropagation, in vitro regeneration, embryo rescue, random amplified polymorphic DNA (RFLP), amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP), and in vitro germplasm conservation and exchange. Records can be searched using a combination of selected fields such as product or technology, trait or specific technique used, species, country, region, institution and status of the development process (that is, experimental phase, field trials, or commercialisation).
Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, a database of "Biosafety research projects: Environmental Effects of Genetically Modified Plants" allows visitors to access 145 records of biosafety research programmes being conducted in Germany. The interface allows the visitor to search for records based on crop/organism or topic.