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The FAO Biotechnology Forum was launched in 2000 with the goal of providing access to quality balanced information and to make a neutral platform available for all interested stakeholders to openly exchange views and experiences on agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries. It hosts a series of moderated e-mail conferences on specific topics related to agricultural biotechnologies in developing countries which are discussed for a limited time period (usually 4-5 weeks). It has hosted a total of 18 moderated e-mail conferences so far.

Conference 19 runs from 4 to 24 March 2013 and deals with the topic of Genomics. Its provisional title is "Current and future impacts of genomics for the crop, forestry, livestock, fishery and agro-industry sectors in developing countries". Genomics is the study of all the genetic material (genome) of an organism. The genomes of several hundred species, including mammals, fish, trees, crops, bacteria and viruses, have already been sequenced or are currently being sequenced. For example, the rice genome sequence was published in 2002 and the chicken genome sequence in 2004. Over time, genome sequencing has become much cheaper and quicker. This e-mail conference will look at the impacts that genomics is currently having on food and agriculture in developing countries as well as the potential impacts that it may have for developing countries in the future.

As usual, the conference is open to everyone, is free and will be moderated. To subscribe to the conference, send an e-mail to listserv@listserv.fao.org with the following one line in the body of the message (leave the subject line blank):
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