The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has launched a new Web site to help consumers and students understand agricultural biotechnology.

“Our goal is to help people learn to assess these new technologies,” says Leon Higley, NU professor of entomology. “How do they know what is safe? What should their standards be? We want to help people sort through this information.”

The site, at, contains lesson plans for teachers, basic consumer information and a research database on all genetically engineered crops in North America. In addition, NU biotechnology experts will answer questions in the frequently asked questions area of the new site.