(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Genes are not information: rendering plant genetic resources untradeable through genetic restoration practices

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

ROSSI J. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography and Geosciences, Univ., Louisville, ETATS-UNIS


In this paper, the A. argues that a Midwestern plant conservation science institution (MPCSI) challenges genetic commodification through distinct knowledge-making and social practices. He analyzes the socionatural implications of this institution’s use of genetic technology in native ecosystem restoration. He focuses on specific techniques used by the MPCSI’s scientists to view genes as embodied relational entities, rather than abstract information. He details the MPCSI’s emerging relationship with commercial seed nurseries to illustrate how decommodification is integral to commodification. Finally, he argues that that although the MPCSI’s genetic restoration strategy necessitates limited market engagements, their scientific practices and institutional relationships produce drastically different socioecological outcomes compared to institutions that treat genes as information


Article of periodic

published at : Geoforum / ISSN 0016-7185 / CODEN GFRMAK

Editor : Pergamon Press, Oxford - ROYAUME-UNI (1970)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 55 [pp. 66-75]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15001

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