The genetic modification of crops continues to be the subject of intense debate, and opinions are often strongly polarised. "Environmental Impact of Genetically Modified Crops" addresses the major concerns of scientists, policy makers, environmental lobby groups and the general public regarding this controversial issue, from an editorially neutral standpoint.Included is a chapter by Bruce Tabashnik on the recent discovery of the first documented case of field-evolved resistance to a crop genetically modified to carry the gene for the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin. While the main focus is on environmental impact, food safety issues for both humans and animals are also considered. The book concludes with a discussion on the future of agricultural biotechnology in the context of sustainability, natural resource management and future global population and food supply.
Chapter 1: Agriculture, Ecosystem, and Environment. N Ferry and A MR Gatehouse
Chapter 2: Transgenic Technology. P Christou
Chapter 3: Novel Crops and Biofuels.
Chapter 4: Environmental Risk Assessment F Tencalla
Chapter 5: Insect Resistant GM Crops; Pest Resistance. B Tabashnik
Chapter 6: Integrated Resistance Management, how can we prevent pest resistance in the future? D Wright and N Crickmore
Chapter 7: Herbicide Tolerant GM Crops; Resistance and Management M Owen
Chapter 8: Impact of GM Crops on non-target organisms J Romeis
Chapter 9: Impact of GM Crops on Pollinators L. Malone and E P J Burgess
Chapter 10: Impact of GM crops on soil and water ecology R Wheatley
Chapter 11: Biodiversity. K Ammann
Chapter 12: Potential Wider Impact: Farmland Birds. M Whittingham
Chapter 13: Environmental Benefits of GM Crops M Edwards and G M Poppy
Chapter 14: Safety for Human Consumption R Phipps
Chapter 15: Post Commercialization testing and monitoring B Ohen
Chapter 17: Monitoring Bt Resistance in the field, China as a case study K He
Chapter 18: GM crops in Least Economically Developed Countries (LEDC) (Africa as a case study) D George, S Mugo and H De Groote
Chapter 19: Developing a 21st century virew of Agriculture and the Environment D Pimentel
Chapter 20: Conclusions N Ferry and A Gatehouse
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