We encourage you to republish this article online and in print, it’s free under our creative commons attribution license, but please follow some simple guidelines:
  1. You have to credit our authors.
  2. You have to credit SciDev.Net — where possible include our logo with a link back to the original article.
  3. You can simply run the first few lines of the article and then add: “Read the full article on SciDev.Net” containing a link back to the original article.
  4. If you want to also take images published in this story you will need to confirm with the original source if you're licensed to use them.
  5. The easiest way to get the article on your site is to embed the code below.
For more information view our media page and republishing guidelines.

The full article is available here as HTML.

Press Ctrl-C to copy

While the fate of genetically modified (GM) crops remains contentious in many parts of the globe, the word in China is full speed ahead, according to a recent survey of its plant biotechnology research and investment.

China accounts for more than half the developing world’s expenditure on plant biotechnology, almost entirely funded by the government, say Jikun Huang and colleagues in the 25 January issue of Science.

Researchers in China are working on more than 50 species of plants and more than 120 functional genes, and the crops being studied — including rice, potatoes and peanuts — differ from many other countries.

Reduced pesticide use and increased production as a result of GM cotton growth in China “eliminates any doubt that GM crops can play a role in poor countries,” say the researchers.

Reference: Science 295, 674 (2002)