THAILAND: Government hires US lawyers to fight new jasmine rice variety in America
The Thai government has hired two US lawyers to represent the country in a lawsuit aimed at preventing American rice breeder Chris Deren from patenting a new rice variety developed using genetic material from Thai jasmine rice ( Khao Dok Mali 105 ). Officials from the US are maintaining that the American rice breeders working with Deren have not broken any Thai law in obtaining Thai seeds for their project. The Thai government insists however that Deren stole the seeds.
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