The Problem of Biotechnological Constipation

  • W. J. Libby
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 210)


This is not a technical paper. Rather, it is the Banquet Address, covering two problems. These are:
  1. 1.

    During the missionary phase of biotechnology development, the promises made, or implied, or perhaps perceived or assumed by the listeners, have been fulfilled in only a few cases.

  2. 2.

    The real or assumed diversion of funds and facilities to biotechnology are perceived as having slowed the flow of information, techniques, activities, and advanced plant material from more conventional disciplines.


Some details of these problems are offered, and some solutions offered. Finally, a summary of the hour-long discussion following the address is included.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. J. Libby
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Forestry & Resource ManagementUniv. CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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