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EPISODE 13: Plant Patents, Biodiversity, and Public Domain Seeds

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Patents on living things threaten biodiversity and our resilience against climate change. In this episode, we examine how a VLS professor is helping plant breeders use “defensive publication” to keep innovations open-source and promote biodiversity.




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A Breed Apart: The Plant Breeder's Guide to Defensive Publication

“Could a simple database prevent massive ag companies from patenting and guarding seed varieties?”  - The Counter, May 13, 2021.




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