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Welcome to the biotechnology portal. Biotechnology is a technology based on biology, especially when used in agriculture, food science, and medicine.

Of the many different definitions available, the one declared by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity is one of the broadest:

"Biotechnology means any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use." (Article 2. Use of Terms)
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Bioinformatics - Biotechnology companies - Biotechnology law - Biotechnology products - Cell imaging - Cloning - Genetic engineering - Genetically modified organisms - Molecular genetics - Stem cells
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Compost is the decomposed remnants of organic materials (those with plant and animal origins, see compostable). Compost is used in gardening and agriculture, mixed in with the soil. It improves soil structure, increases the amount of organic matter, and provides nutrients. Biodegradation is the means by which organic matter is recycled in its environment (see composting).

Compost is a common name for humus, which is the result of the decomposition of organic matter. Decomposition is performed primarily by microbes, although larger creatures such as nematode and oligochaete worms (see vermicomposting), and ants, contribute to the process. Decomposition occurs naturally in all but the most hostile environments, such as buried in landfills or in extremely arid deserts, which prevent the microbes and other decomposers from thriving.

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