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Nagoya protocol on use of genetic resources enters into force

9:10 AM MDT | October 13, 2014 | Michael Ravenscroft

Germany’s biotechnology industries association (DIB; Frankfurt) says it welcomes the implementation of the so-called Nagoya protocol, an international agreement covering the use of genetic resources. The treaty must now be implemented in national law...


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Total invests in energy crop start-up NexSteppe

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