Plant biotechnology offers important opportunities for agriculture,
horticulture, and the pharmaceutical and food industry by
generating transgenic varieties with altered properties. This is
likely to change farming practice and reduce the potential negative
impact of plant production on the environment. This volume shows
the worldwide advances and potential benefits of plant genetic
engineering focusing on the third millennium.
The authors discuss the production of transgenic plants resistant
to biotic and abiotic stress, the improvement of plant qualities,
the use of transgenic plants as bioreactors, and the use of plant
genomics for genetic improvement and gene cloning. Unique to this
book is the integrative point of view taken between plant genetic
engineering and socioeconomic and environmental issues.
Considerations of regulatory processes to release genetically
modified plants, as well as the public acceptance of the transgenic
plants are also discussed.
This book will be welcomed by biotechnologists, researchers and
students alike working in the biological sciences. It should also
prove useful to everyone dedicated to the study of the
socioeconomic and environmental impact of the new technologies,
while providing recent scientific information on the progress and
perspectives of the production of genetically modified plants.
The work is dedicated to Professor Marc van Montagu.
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