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GM Crops: The Impact and the Potential

By: Jennifer A Thomson

158 pages, b&w illus

CSIRO

Paperback | Dec 2006 | #162028 | ISBN: 0643091602
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NHBS Price: £29.95 $38/€35 approx

About this book

Microbiologist Jennifer Thomson takes us through the issues and concerns surrounding the development of genetically modified crops and their impact on the environment. Explains how such crops are developed and assessed and discusses the likelihood of negative effects on biodiversity, pollen spread, and organic farming. GM crops may have tremendous potential for addressing some of the world's environmental problems and protecting the planet, particularly in developing countries.


Contents

Contents:
Introduction
Classical plant breeding and GM technology
Insect resistant crops
Herbicide tolerant crops
Virus resistant and drought tolerant crops
Effects on biodiversity
Crops behaving badly: pollen spread, its prevention and co-existence of GM crops with conventional varieties
When plants don't come from their parents - horizontal gene transfer
Biosafety regulatory, trade and legal issues
Future watch
Glossary
Index

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