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Genetic Modification of Plants

Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry

  • Frank Kempken
  • Christian Jung
  • Covers all aspects of transgenic plants including possible applications and risk assessment


Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 64)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Generation and Analysis of Transgenic Plants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John J. Finer
      Pages 3-21
    3. Heribert Warzecha, Anna Hennig
      Pages 23-37
    4. Josef Kraus
      Pages 39-60
    5. Christian Jung
      Pages 103-116
  3. Selected Characters of Transgenic Plants and Their Application in Plant Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 138-138
    2. Dorothea Bartels, Jonathan Phillips
      Pages 139-157
    3. Micheal D. K. Owen
      Pages 159-176
    4. Tim Thurau, Wanzhi Ye, Daguang Cai
      Pages 177-197
    5. Lars M. Voll, Frederik Börnke
      Pages 199-219
    6. Andreas Schiermeyer, Stefan Schillberg
      Pages 221-235
    7. Maja Hühns, Inge Broer
      Pages 237-252
    8. Frank Kempken
      Pages 253-265
  4. Transgenic Plants in Breeding and Crop Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 268-268
    2. Keerti S. Rathore
      Pages 269-285
    3. Jochen Kumlehn, Grit Zimmermann, Carolin Berger, Cornelia Marthe, Goetz Hensel
      Pages 287-306

About this book


Today´s agriculture faces new and difficult challenges. With modern methods widely applied, it is commonly believed that genetic crop improvement is a key for increasing yields. In spite of the discussion about the safety of genetically modified (GM) crops that is still raging in the European Union where the take-up of the new technology is more limited, the cultivation of GM plants and crops has exploded all over the world.

Conceived with the aim of sorting fact from fiction over GM crops, this volume brings together the knowledge of 30 specialists in the field of transgenic plants. It covers the generation and detection of these plants as well as the genetic traits conferred on transgenic plants. In addition, the book looks at a wide variety of crops, ornamental plants and tree species that are subject to genetic modifications, assessing the risks involved in genetic modification as well as the potential economic benefits of the technology in specific cases. The book’s structure, with fully cross-referenced chapters, gives readers a quick access to specific topics, whether that is detailed and comprehensive data on particular species of ornamentals, or coverage of the socioeconomic implications of GM technology. With an increasing demand for bioenergy, and the necessary higher yields relying on wider genetic variation, this book supplies all the technical details required to move forward to a new era in agriculture.


Fruit biotechnology breeding economic aspects genetic modification genetically modfied plants plant breeding protein risk assessment transgen transgenic plants genetic engineering

Editors and affiliations

  • Frank Kempken
    • 1
  • Christian Jung
    • 2
  1. 1.Botanisches InstitutUniversität KielKielGermany
  2. 2.Inst. Pflanzenbau und PflanzenzüchtungUniversität KielKielGermany

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