What are the prospects for genetically engineered, disease resistant plants?
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Insect and herbicide-resistant plants are the most widely grown transgenics in agricultural production. No strategy using genetically engineered plants for disease resistance has had a comparable impact. Why is this? What are the prospects for introducing transgenic disease resistant plants to agriculture? We review the biological background for strategies used to make disease resistant GM crops, illustrate examples of these different strategies and discuss future prospects.
KeywordsGenetically engineering Disease resistant plants Plant virus Fungal disease Bacterial disease
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