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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

  • Includes supplementary material:


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

Table of contents

  1. Transgenic Plants in Breeding and Crop Production

    1. Magda-Viola Hanke, Henryk Flachowsky
      Pages 307-348
    2. David D. Songstad
      Pages 349-367
    3. Thomas Debener, Traud Winkelmann
      Pages 369-391
    4. Jens Lübeck
      Pages 393-408
    5. Christian Möllers
      Pages 409-422
    6. Hao Chen, Yongjun Lin, Qifa Zhang
      Pages 423-451
    7. Fredy Altpeter, Hesham Oraby
      Pages 453-472
    8. Jack M. Widholm, John J. Finer, Lila O. Vodkin, Harold N. Trick, Peter LaFayette, Jiarui Li et al.
      Pages 473-498
    9. Evelyn Klocke, Thomas Nothnagel, Günter Schumann
      Pages 499-550
  2. Risk Assessment and Economic Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 552-552
    2. Yann Devos, Karine Lheureux, Joachim Schiemann
      Pages 553-574
    3. Detlef Bartsch, Yann Devos, Rosie Hails, Jozsef Kiss, Paul Henning Krogh, Sylvie Mestdagh et al.
      Pages 575-614
    4. Matin Qaim, Arjunan Subramanian
      Pages 615-629
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 663-675

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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