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International Journal of Biotechnology
International Journal of Biotechnology


Special Issue on: “Economics of Agricultural Biotechnology”

Guest Editors:
Professor Richard Bennett, Dr Bhavani Shankar and Dr Chittur Srinivasan, University of Reading, UK

Developments in agricultural biotechnology have the potential to increase agricultural outputs, reduce the level of input usage, improve product quality and characteristics, provide consumers with new products and reduce externalities associated with agricultural production. All of these can improve economic efficiency and human welfare.

However, it may be that not all producers or consumers share in these potential benefits. Moreover, the developments themselves may have impacts on economic systems and on markets, some of which may be undesirable – such as increased monopoly power of input suppliers.

The aim of the special issue is to consider both the economic impacts of agricultural biotechnologies and whether the economic environment and economic systems are helping or hindering the development and uptake of these new technologies.

Subject Coverage
Original research papers or reviews are invited in the following and related areas:
  • The economic impact of the uptake of biotechnology by farmers at farm level
  • Economic considerations and implications of economic analysis for government policy/regulation regarding agricultural biotechnology
  • People‚Äôs values of agricultural biotechnologies and their willingness to pay for them
  • The economic impact of agricultural biotechnology at national and global levels
  • The impact of agricultural biotechnologies on incomes, poverty, equity etc. in developing countries
  • Industry structure and agricultural biotechnologies

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Manuscripts submission: 31 March 2007

Notification of acceptance: 31 July 2007

Final submission: 31 October 2007