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Effect of Transgenic Cotton Expressing the Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki Endotoxin on Soil Microorganisms — Risk Assessment Studies

  • K. K. Donegan
  • R. J. Seidler
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 42)

Abstract

The genetic engineering of plants has facilitated the production of agronomically desirable crops that exhibit increased resistance to pests, herbicides, pathogens, and environmental stress, and enhancement of qualitative and quantitative crop traits (Gasser and Fraley 1992). Along with these many benefits, however, comes the potential for adverse ecological effects because of the often sustained expression in the genetically engineered (transgenic) plant of the engineered trait(s) and the persistence of the transgenic plant or plant residue in the environment. Consequently, we have undertaken research to evaluate the potential ecological effects of transgenic plants and their products.

Keywords

Biomass Clay Toxicity Corn Respiration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. K. Donegan
    • 1
  • R. J. Seidler
    • 2
  1. 1.Dynamac Corporation NHEERL-WEDCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NHEERL-WEDCorvallisUSA

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