Environmental impact from plant biotechnology

Simon W. J. Bright, Andrew J. Greenland, Claire M. Halpin, Wolfgang W. Schuch, James M. Dunwell

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    The environmental impact of plant biotechnology has been widely debated since the first reports of gene transfer to plants in 1982. Three aspects have been emphasized: the potential benefits, the potential risks, and the nature of the conse- quences of gene transfer in general. Much progress has been made in addressing these topics. In North America the first products have come to the market with USDA clearance, and the release of transgenic plants in limited experimental quantities is routine for both private companies and public researchers. The focus is shifting to a measured assessment of specific risks of particular products and to evaluating and capturing the environmental benefits that are on offer.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)99-105
    Number of pages7
    JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - May 1996

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Neuroscience
    • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
    • History and Philosophy of Science


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