Thursday, September 23, 2010
Biological control: at oddsl with the monetary-based biopiracy rules
"Biological control fits best under the umbrella of non-commercial research, alongside taxonomy and studies of ecology and biodiversity. It would be naive to think that non-commercial research can never yield a commercial spin-off, but it is not in anyone's interest to prevent such research or burden it with bureaucracy. The free, multilateral exchange of biological-control agents is long established. Frequent users of biological control are usually the most common source of biological-control agents introduced to other countries. The United States, for example, has made more introductions and provided more agents than any other country (Details from Nature)."