Biotechnology is a set of techniques used to adapt plants, animals, insects, and microbes for specific purposes. Cellular biotechnologies include tissue culture and fermentation. Genetic biotechnologies include genomics, molecular-assisted selection, and transgenic crops (genetic engineering).
NIFA funds research, education, and extension activities for developing and using biotechnologies for food and agriculture. Genetic biotechnologies allow researchers to detect and map genes, describe gene functions, select for specific genes in genetic resources for breeding, and transfer genes for specific traits into organisms where they are needed.
- Agricultural Research Service
- U.S. Forest Service
- Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture (AC21)
- USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - Biotechnology Regulatory Services (APHIS-BRS)
- Economic Research Services Biotechnology Briefing Room
- International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications
- Animal Biotechnology (UC Davis)
- National Center for Food & Agricultural Policy
- The Council for Agriculture Science and Technology