Biotechnology Programs

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).

General Information

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.

Program Type:
Emphasis Area Program
Contact:
Shing F Kwok
Partnerships
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