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M. V. Rao
 India
Former vice chancellor, Acharya N. G. Ranga University, Hyderabad, India. Former consultant to the World Bank and a former director of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Makes exaggerated claims for the benefits of GM crops.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
See also: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

C Kameswara Rao
 India
Founder of the Bangalore-based Foundation for Biotechnology Awareness and Education (FBAE).
Profiles: LobbyWatch Profile
Articles: Indian Biotech Industry Up Against the Wall
See also: S. Shantharam, Ron Herring

Peter Raven
 USA
Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, which has taken money from Monsanto. Lobbies for GM crops.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
See also: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Monsanto

Chengal Reddy
 India
President of the Federation of Farmers Associations. Has had a long association with Monsanto and lobbies for GM crops.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
See also: Federation of Farmers Associations, Monsanto

S. Jayapal Reddy
 India
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Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
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Resources for the Future
 USA
Washington-based 'conservation' research organisation with funding from major US corporations.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
See also: Leonard Gianessi, National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy

Matt Ridley
 UK
Journalist who has attacked environmentalism and organic farming. On the advisory council of Sense About Science.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
See also: Sense About Science

Vic Robertson
 UK
Journalist who writes pro-GM and anti-organic articles for the Scottish press.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
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Clare Robinson
 UK
Former head of science communication at the John Innes Centre. Led projects promoting GM to schoolchildren.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
See also: Gatsby Charitable Foundation, John Innes Centre, Lord David Sainsbury

William Rolleston
 New Zealand
Chairman of the Life Sciences Network, a PR firm which lobbied for the acceptance of GM crops in New Zealand. Chairman, Federated Farmers of New Zealand.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
See also: Communications Trumps, GenePool, Life Sciences Network, Norrey Simmons

Rick Roush
 USA
Director of the Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program at University of California, Davis. Pro-GM activist who was embroiled in a conflict-of-interest incident over a paper he published in the journal Science.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
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Rothamsted Research
 UK
Agricultural research institute (formerly known as the Institute of Arable Crops Research or IACR) that was part of the consortium that carried out the UK GM farm-scale trials. The institute, and many of its scientists, have links with industry.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
See also: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Alan Dewar, Nigel Halford, Peter Lutman, Mike May, Guy Poppy

Royal Institution
 UK
A 200-year-old scientific institute in London, headed by Susan Greenfield, that houses the pro-GM and pro-industry lobby group, the Science Media Centre.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
See also: Fiona Fox, Susan Greenfield, Living Marxism, Science Media Centre

Royal Society
 UK
Claims to be the world's oldest scientific organization. Traditionally received public funding, but now also receives funding from biotech corporations. Has lobbied for GM crops and its Fellows led the attacks on Arpad Pusztai following his research that found ill effects of GM foods.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
See also: Mike Gale, Brian Heap, Aaron Klug, Peter Lachmann, Michael Lipton, Robert May, Sense About Science, Anthony Trewavas

Max Russell-Bennett
 UK
An apparently imaginary citizen whose questioning email was sent out with an AgBioWorld press release claiming that thousands had died in the Indian state of Orissa as a result of resistance to GM food aid. The email was traced to Monsanto Belgium.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
See also: AgBioView, AgBioWorld, Monsanto, Channapatna S. Prakash

Judith Rylott
 UK
Married to Paul Rylott. Has worked for Aventis and Bayer.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
See also: Aventis, Bayer, Paul Rylott

Paul Rylott
 UK
Until spring 2004, chairman of the lobby group, the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC), which was founded by the big GM companies. Previously worked for Aventis and Bayer and for UK GM regulator SCIMAC. Married to Judith Rylott.
Profiles: GMWatch SpinProfile
See also: Aventis, BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, Judith Rylott, Syngenta