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AgBioForum is a quarterly on-line magazine devoted to the economics and
management of agricultural biotechnology.  AgBioForum publishes short,
non-technical reports of current research.  Contributions are referred
through peer review.  There is no page-charge for publishing in AgBioForum
and we provide summary feedback (overall rating of paper and reader
comments) as part of the interactivity of the magazine.  We are inviting
submitted articles on the following themes:

*	The economics of biotechnology in LDCs.   Agrobiotechnology has the
potential to address food and nutrient supply issues in developing
countries.  Yet, no significant diffusion of the technology has taken place
to date.  Private investment so far has been directed towards developed
countries, with the role of the CGIARs in technology transfer being more
limited than in the past.  Papers are solicited that address issues of
ownership of intellectual property rights, trade in GMOs, private versus
public investment, the distributional impacts of the new technology, or
generally relate to the economics of biotechnology in LDCs.  The submission
deadline is July 15th 1999.

*	The economics of functional foods.  Functional foods are meant to
impart health benefits or have positive physiological effects that go beyond
basic nutrition.  As the exact definition of functional foods is still
evolving, so too is the complex of grain and food processing, food and
beverage, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms with a stake in the
technology.  Papers are solicited which address issues on labeling,
marketing, industry structure, and generally relate to the economics of
functional foods.  The submission deadline October 15th 1999.
*	The economics of animal agrobiotechnology.  Much of the current
interest in agrobiotechnology has been generated by the rapid
commercialization and adoption of transgenic crops.  Yet one of the first
technologies to be commercialized was bovine growth hormone (BGH).  Advances
in animal agrobiotechnology, for example, have the potential for livestock
improvements through genetic selection, cloning, enhanced food nutrition,
therapeutics, and waste management.  Papers are solicited which relate to
the economics and management of animal agrobiotechnologies.  The submission
deadline is January 15th 2000.

AgBioForum encourages article submissions related to the economics and
management of agrobiotechnology at any time.  For more information and
submission guidelines visit
<>  or you can write to the Editor,
AgBioForum at agbioforum at <mailto:agbioforum at> .

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