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Publish or patent?: Knowledge dissemination in agricultural biotechnology


  • Michiels, An
  • Koo, Bonwoo


"Plant transformation research has achieved outstanding progress in the development of transgenic crops over the past decades, and the research results have been spread through journal publications and patents. With the recent emergence of stronger intellectual property rights, investments in crop research and the landscape of plant transformation research have changed, along with the patterns of knowledge dissemination. In this paper, we discuss the recent trends in plant transformation research by examining patent and journal publication data during the last decade. The data analysis shows that there have been significant shifts toward applied research by developing countries and toward patenting as a means of knowledge dissemination during the past few decades, reflecting the increasing role of the private sector in developing countries in crop improvement research." from authors' abstract

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  • Michiels, An & Koo, Bonwoo, 2008. "Publish or patent?: Knowledge dissemination in agricultural biotechnology," IFPRI discussion papers 795, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:fpr:ifprid:795

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    1. Pluvia Zuniga, 2011. "The State of Patenting at Research Institutions in Developing Countries: Policy Approaches and Practices," WIPO Economic Research Working Papers 04, World Intellectual Property Organization - Economics and Statistics Division, revised Dec 2011.
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    Biotechnology research; patents; Crop improvement; Science and technology; Genetic resources; Biodiversity; Journal publication; Developing countries;

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