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Cover for Principles of forest biotechnology.

This chapter describes the principles of forest biotechnology. To genetically engineer a tree, a single, transformed cell must be regenerated into a whole plant. Agrobacterium tumefaciens is commonly used as a vehicle to transform (introduce genetic material) into the chromosome of a plant cell,...

Author(s)
Meilan, R.; Kirst, M.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781780643502)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Biotechnology.

The application of biotechnology to plant breeding includes the development of tools and knowledge to increase accuracy and efficiency for pre-breeding and selection for crop improvement that have multiple advantages over traditional technologies. This chapter provides information on the in vitro...

Author(s)
Kanchana-udomkan, C.; Nantawan, U.; Drew, R.; Ford, R.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781789241907)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Reproduction management.

This chapter narrates the significance of reproduction management practices for enhancing reproductive efficiency by using new biotechnological approaches, ultimately resulting in faster turnover of the flock in a production environment. Starting from the fundamentals of reproduction criteria, the...

Author(s)
Rout, P. K.; Kumar, A.; Behera, B. K.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781789240139)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for The technology promise: how can we feed a world of more than 9 billion?

This chapter looks at the current state and future of global food security, focusing on the role of GM crops. The economic, environmental and human health benefits of GM crops are discussed, as well as the opposition to bioscience strategies for global food security.

Author(s)
Smyth, S.; Kerr, W. A.; Phillips, P. W. B.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786392213)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Industrial agriculture: who is the real winner?

This chapter attempts to figure out who wins and who loses in GM agriculture. The structure of the biotechnology industry is considered, before discussing the impacts of GM crops.

Author(s)
Smyth, S.; Kerr, W. A.; Phillips, P. W. B.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786392213)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Ancient, classical and modern biotechnology.

This chapter presents a description of the historical evolution of biotechnology and how biotechnology reflects human history. Definitions of biotechnology, genetic engineering, genetically modified (GM) organisms and GM food are given.

Author(s)
Brankov, T.; Lovre, K.
ISBN
2019 CAB International (H ISBN 9781789240542)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Is GMO farming an eco-friendly choice?

This chapter discusses whether transgenic technology is an environmentally friendly technology. It analyses pesticide and fertilizer usage and efficiency over a period spanning 5 decades, with a clear distinction between before and after the adoption of transgenic technology. In addition, a...

Author(s)
Brankov, T.; Lovre, K.
ISBN
2019 CAB International (H ISBN 9781789240542)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Against the (GM) grain: ethical tensions and agrobiotechnology activism in the USA.

This chapter examines the history of public discourse and anti-biotechnology political activism in the USA. It presents two case studies of public dissent in the USA: Occupy The Farm and March Against Monsanto. The case studies show that the early framing of GM foods in terms of harm and risk...

Author(s)
Jones, B. M.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786394644)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for The use and abuse of the term 'GMO' in the 'common weal rhetoric' against the application of modern biotechnology in agriculture.

This chapter addresses the shift of discursive power from supporters to opponents of GMOs over the past three decades from a social psychology as well as a political economy perspective. In this context, the view that opponents of GMOs are driven by ethical concerns is challenged. Opportunistic...

Author(s)
Aerni, P.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786394644)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Three models of public opinion and public interest for agricultural biotechnology: precautionary, conventional and accommodative.

The normative research question addressed in this chapter is whether the public interest means agricultural biotechnology should lead (and thus reshape) public opinion or wait for public opinion to become sufficiently supportive. The chapter considers three models of how public opinion is linked to ...

Author(s)
Windsor, D.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786394644)
Type
Book chapter

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