AgBioForum Special Issue

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AgBioForum Special Issue
"Bio-Based Products"

 "What if the future of manufacturing was still in plastic, but not
plastic from petroleum-rather, biotech plastic made from corn?"  - CBS
News, Feb. 7, 2002
The coming era of industrial biotechnology will revolutionize the
production of plastics, textiles, fuels, and other high-tech materials
from agricultural products. This new form of agbiotechnology will have
far-reaching impacts on farmers, researchers, business, industry, and
consumers worldwide. Some of the applications or products may include:
* Plant-based plastics
* Renewable fuels (such as ethanol or biodiesel)
* Carbon sequestration
* Bioengineered forestry
* Innovative uses for oilseed crops - detergents, inks, resins,
lubricants, drugs, etc.
* New sources for paper, rubber, and other materials
* Development of new uses for agricultural waste products (peanut hulls,
wheat straw, etc.)
* Phytoremediation (oil-spill cleanup, toxic waste, heavy metals, etc.)

As these novel technologies develop, the editors of AgBioForum think it
important to examine the current state of the art and the potential
impacts of this rapidly evolving subset of agbiotech.  Possible paper
topics might address (but are not limited to) any of the applications or
products listed above, as well as:
* The legislative environment for bio-products 
* International trade in bio-based products

AgBioForum is a quarterly electronic journal that publishes
peer-reviewed articles on the economics and management of
agrobiotechnology. Its readership includes researchers, university
faculty and other educators, industry, government, and advocacy groups.
More than a quarter of AgBioForum's audience is international, including
readers and contributors from Europe, Asia, Oceania, and South America. 
AgBioForum is published out of the University of Missouri-Columbia by
the Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center (EMAC). 
AgBioForum is currently being indexed in the American Economic
Association's electronic bibliography of economic literature (ECONLIT);
AGRICOLA; the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL), and its electronic
edition (e-JEL).
Interested authors should follow the AgBioForum manuscript format, as
described in the "Submission Guidelines" available at We offer complimentary Author
Services including:
* Online article submission
* Real-time tracking of the submission and review process
* An article statistics page which provides statistical information
(number of readers, evaluation scores) and reader comments on your
published article(s)

To submit online, visit the AgBioForum website
( and use the "E-Submission" link located
under the "Author Services" link.
The closing date for this special issue is December 1, 2002.  Of course,
the editors welcome and encourage submissions of papers on the economics
and management of agricultural biotechnology at any time to AgBioForum. 
Please direct any inquiries to the editors of AgBioForum at
editor at 

Best regards,

Nichaya Sukpanich
Publication Assistant
agbioforum at

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