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By G J Persley, M. M. Lantin

Following on from prior titles during this sequence, this quantity provides additional fabric generated through the realm Bank/ISNAR/Australian govt biotechnology study.It covers the current prestige and destiny customers for the appliance of biotechnology to resolve agricultural and environmental difficulties in a few constructing nations. specific concentration is given directly to advancements that experience taken position during the last decade.

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4. Use of molecular markers in marker-assisted selection (MAS) in conventional plant and animal breeding. 5. Genetic engineering to produce transgenic plant and/or animal strains, containing new specific gene(s) controlling a particular trait. 6. Genomics: understanding the physical structure of the genome and, in functional genomics, the function of specific genes. 7. Specific global examples where new biotechnologies are being developed. AMBN, Asian Maize Biotechnology Network; CIMMYT, Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo; IRRI, International Rice Research Institute.

This could significantly reduce the risk of spread of GM traits into native species. Many of these traits could simply be transferred from one crop variety into another or be accomplished by switching on or off genes already present in the plant. Such transformations are likely to be more acceptable to the public than moving genes between phyla. The consequences of short-circuiting genetic distance between species, which has been maintained over long periods of time and geographical isolation, are not yet well enough understood to be able to assess the risks (Johnson, 2000).

There is a danger of losing the food-chain links between native species and crop systems. This link is vital for preserving the function of biodiversity to deliver early warning of dangers in crops or the chemicals used to manage them. There is some evidence that the use of GM crops with insect resistance in North America is reducing the volume and frequency of pesticide use on cotton, maize and soybean (Wolfenberger and Phifer, 2000). In addition, the future development of new crops with improved tolerance to abiotic factors (such as drought, salinity, frost) and the advent of ‘pharmed’ crops used to produce vaccines and industrial products may also change cropmanagement practices.

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