Global Plant Variety Economics

The dictionary definition of agriculture is the domestication of crops and agriculture. Thus plant genetic innovations by way of new crop varieties or the methods used to identify, manipulate and otherwise modify the genetic composition of plants along with the processes that affect the uptake and use of these plant genetic resources are the very essence of agriculture. InSTePP research examines an array of policy and practical issues regarding crop varieties, including the costs of conserving varieties, the intellectual property regimes that affect the pace and nature of their development, release and use, and the farm management and related practices that affect their productivity performance.