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The Debate on Plant Variety Protection

Srividhya Ragavan

in Patent and Trade Disparities in Developing Countries

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199840670
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949786 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199840670.003.0009
The Debate on Plant Variety Protection

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This chapter considers the elements of plant breeding in relation to the debate on plant variety production. It considers the second biggest barrier to agricultural trade, which is caused when poor nations fail to protect plant breeding innovations. It then looks at the process of plant breeding and identifies the advantages of hybrids. This chapter also examines the historical context of the debate on plant breeding, the model of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), and the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Act of 2004. The adoption by the Indian government of the model of confining plant breeding to the public sector to address food security issues is also discussed.

Keywords: plant breeding; plant variety production; plant breeding innovations; hybrids; food security issues

Chapter.  16202 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Intellectual Property Law

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