Agricultural biotechnology: country case studies : a decade by G. J. Persley, Reginald MacIntyre

By G. J. Persley, Reginald MacIntyre

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

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1. FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization; IPM, Integrated Pest Management; ARBN, Asian Rice Biotechnology Network; IRRI, International Rice Research Institute; ICRISAT, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics; CIMMYT, Centro Internacional de Mejoramients de Maiz y Trigo; FMD, foot and mouth disease; AVRDC, Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center; BW, bacterial wilt; ISAAA, International Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotech Applications. J. 3. Illustrative applications of biotechnology to the goal of environmental protection.

New diagnostics and vaccines based on molecular applications. 3. New methods for tissue culture and micropropagation of planting material. 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.

There is also a need to assess the allergenic potential of unknown proteins, such as those produced by Bt genes in plants. It was the presence of a heat-tolerant Bt protein in Starlink maize that caused the US FDA to withhold approval for its use in human con- Global Challenges and Emerging Science 23 sumption, as the FDA scientific advisory panel considered that this protein posed a moderate allergy risk. Antibiotic resistance. There are also concerns about the risk that the antibiotic-resistance genes used as selectable markers in GM plants may transfer to microorganisms that are human pathogens, adding to the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance in human pathogens.

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