Special Issue "The Role of Policies in Plant Breeding—Rights and Obligations"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Niels P. Louwaars
Guest Editor
Law & Governance Group of Wageningen University and Plantum, Netherlands Seed Association
Interests: seeds; biodiversity; property law; genetic resources for plant species; gene banks; development cooperation; plant breeding and genetics; variety testing; seed inspection; seed regulations; breeder's rights; seed production
Dr. Bram de Jonge
Guest Editor
Law & Governance Group of Wageningen University
Interests: intellectual property rights; genetic resources policies; international development; bioethics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plant breeding is a powerful applied science that produces innovations throughout the agricultural value chains. Breeding is done by scientifically trained breeders, by farmers and amateur breeders and by collaborative work between these.
Plant breeding responds to the needs of farmers to cope with pests and diseases and the effects of climate change through focusing on robust varieties. At the same time, it may focus on consumer demands and processor qualities. Through this, breeders both the formal (public and private) and informal sector contribute directly or indirectly to a range of public policy priorities.
Various policy areas affect plant breeding. Countries differ in their legislation but seed laws, intellectual property systems, and the implementation of policies around biodiversity and genetic modification affect the possibilities of breeders to widen the genetic base of their programmes, to select most efficiently and to secure the necessary investments to make the breeding operation sustainable. Several of these policies intentionally or inadvertently limit breeding.
The special issue intends to analyze the impact of the most relevant (inter) national policies on plant breeding and will highlight dilemmas described above. Authors are invited to contribute to his challenging and socially very relevant field.

Dr. Niels Louwaars
Dr. Bram de Jonge
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • plant breeding;
  • breeder’s rights;
  • farmers’ rights;
  • patents;
  • access and benefit sharing;
  • seed regulation;
  • genetic modification;
  • gene editing;
  • innovation pathways

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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