If tomatoes are susceptible to a certain fungus that sweet pepper is resistant to, the only way a farmer can protect his tomatoes at the moment is by spraying fungicides. Through GM technology the sweet pepper's resistance to fungi can be transferred to tomatoes, without altering the other characteristics of the tomato cultivar. Result? The tomato plant is able to protect itself and fungicides no longer need to be sprayed. The GMO Revolution is not about the controversy surrounding GMOs. This is not a "dream or nightmare" book that would only contribute to further polarisation of the debate. The GMO Revolution aims to offer an honest and balanced insight into how GM crops could be useful in solving current and future issues facing agriculture: from potatoes that can protect themselves against late blight, to trees that can be used in biofuel production, to rice that contains more vitamins, and wheat with a safe form of gluten.
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Wim Grunewald is a bioengineer and obtained his PhD in applied biological sciences. After having worked as a researcher for 10 years in various fields of molecular plant biology, he is now employed by VIB as an agrobiotechnology expert.
Jo Bury is a qualified pharmacist and has a PhD in biochemistry. After having served as a scientific advisor at IWT, he founded VIB together with Rudy Dekeyser. He has been managing director of VIB since 1996.