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Author Tzotzos, George T.

Title Genetically modified plants : assessing safety and managing risk / George T. Tzotzos, Graham P. Head, Roger Hull
Edition First edition
Published Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Academic Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 244 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Contents Preface -- Setting the context : agriculture and genetic modification -- Principles of risk assessment -- Risk assessment and management -- human and animal health -- Risk assessment and management -- environment -- Risk perception and public attitudes to GM -- Regulatory frameworks -- Appendix A : commonly used terms -- Appendix B : information required on an application for environmental release of a GMO -- Appendix C : Information required for risk assessment -- Appendix D : Case studies
Summary A transgenic organism is a plant, animal, bacterium, or other living organism that has had a foreign gene added to it by means of genetic engineering. Transgenic plants can arise by natural movement of genes between species, by cross-pollination based hybridization between different plant species (which is a common event in flowering plant evolution), or by laboratory manipulations by artificial insertion of genes from another species. Methods used in traditional breeding that generate transgenic plants by non-recombinant methods are widely familiar to professional plant scientists, and serve important roles in securing a sustainable future for agriculture by protecting crops from pest and helping land and water to be used more efficiently. There is worldwide interest in the biosafety issues related to transgenic crops because of issues such as increased pesticide use, increased crop and weed resistance to pesticides, gene flow to related plant species, negative effects on nontarget organisms, and reduced crop and ecosystem diversity
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Transgenic plants -- Risk assessment.
Form Electronic book
Author Head, Graham P.
Hull, Roger, 1937-
ISBN 0080920764 (electronic bk.)
9780080920764 (electronic bk.)