G J Persley, M. M. Lantin's Agricultural Biotechnology PDF

By G J Persley, M. M. Lantin

ISBN-10: 0851988164

ISBN-13: 9780851988160

Following on from past titles during this sequence, this quantity offers additional fabric generated by way of the area Bank/ISNAR/Australian govt biotechnology study.It covers the current prestige and destiny clients for the appliance of biotechnology to unravel agricultural and environmental difficulties in a few constructing nations. specific concentration is given directly to advancements that experience taken position over the past decade.

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G. higher starch production, vaccine production in plants). If gene technology is to become a standard technique for plant breeding, genetic isolation of crops from the rest of the living environment may become normal practice, as will the removal of marker genes for antibiotic resistance (Johnson, 2000). GM crops and agricultural intensification The prospect of gene transfer causes concern for crops that have wild relatives in the same geographical area. J. Persley management of some GM crops would be very different from conventional intensive agriculture or organic farming.

Securing fungal resistance in adult plants by ‘switching on’ resistance genes that are active in the seed, but not currently in adult plants. This seems to be an elegant and safe use of biotechnology that could lead to significant reductions in fungicide use. • Achieving insect resistance by altering physical characteristics of plants, perhaps by increasing hairiness or thickening the plant cuticle. This could reduce insecticide use, without using in-plant toxins. • Altering the growing characteristics of crops (for example, shortening the growing season or changing the timing of harvests) offers the prospect of allowing more fallow land and less autumn planting.

Management of genetic modification technologies. • The role of stakeholders and consultative processes. • An international programme of activities to inform the public debate and policy-making, including a possible international panel to review scientific evidence on the benefits and risks of the applications of new biotechnologies in food. The International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) has initiated a review of the scientific basis of assessing risks and benefits of GM foods, as a contribution to the ongoing debates, nationally and internationally.

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