Crop Biotech Update

Communication Challenges in Crop Biotechnology

January 6, 2012

An appreciation of science communication  and appropriate strategies has led to a better understanding of the societal environment where biotechnology can best thrive. The collective and collaborative efforts of countries have enhanced the visibility of crop biotech although efforts continue to meet communication challenges. This was the conclusion of a paper Communication Challenges in Crop Biotechnology: The Asia Pacific Experience  by Mariechel Navarro and Randy Hautea of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

Experiences of eight countries in Asia (Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam) and Australia and their individual efforts to share information on crop biotech were discussed. Introducing innovative approaches, building capacity for science communicators, and integrating efforts among public and private sectors in knowledge sharing initiatives were made to address communication challenges.

The journal article is available at http://www.msmbb.org.my/apjmbb/html194/194d.pdf