Green Gene Technology: Research in an Area of Social Conflict / Edition 1

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Greengenetechnology(GGT),understoodasapartofmodernbiotechnology, has been on a steady, triumphal progression over the last ten years (ISAAA 2007, see thecontribution byEinsele in thisissue). This volume, jointly edited byProf. Fiechterandme,dealswithsomeactualscientificandsocio-economic aspects with regard to genetically modified plants (GMP). Worldwide more than 100 million hectares of agronomical land are covered by GMP. This - cludes some prominent industrialised Western countries like the USA and Canada,aseriesofthresholdcountrieslikeArgentina,Brazil,IndiaandChina, and a number of developing countries. Clearly, some of these countries have to deal with crop plant production and human nutrition in a very pragmatic way since, for example, India has to feed about a 1/5 of the world population on about 3% of the arable land. In contrast, the situation in Europe appears very different. Food supply is more than sufficient and comparably inexp- sive. This surplus of food is on one hand convenient, since starvation has been largely unknown in Europe for about 50 years, with only comparatively few exceptions of socially peripheral individuals. On the other hand it makes the population careless about the future food supply. Even beyond mere food supply, Europe gained its culturalvalues fromitsagricultural success over the centuries. Asinglefarmerbecameabletofeedmoreandmorepeoplemaking them free towork outside of agriculture as a craftsman, artist,poet, scientist, engineer,mayor,administrative official,priest,philosopher,orsoldier–togive only a few examples. In the public perception this connection between agr- omyandculturalwelfareisnotsufficientlyappreciatedinEurope. Switzerland, geographically in the centre of Europe (although not a member of the pol- ical union) has the same cultural tradition, only somewhat shifted towards the more conservative mood commonto mountain populations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642090424
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 11/19/2010
  • Series: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology Series, #107
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 0.64 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

A. Einsele: The Gap between Science and Perception: The Case of Plantbiotechnology in Europe.-

A. Schrell, H. Bauser, H. Brunner: Biotechnology Patenting Policy in the European Union - as Exemplified by the Development in Germany.-

M. Leisola: Bioscience, bio-innovations and bioethics.-

M.P. Oeschger, C.E. Silvia: Genetically Modified Organisms in the United States: Implementation, Concerns and Public Perception.-

P. Aerni: Agricultural biotechnology and its contribution to the Global Knowledge Economy.-

T. Schlaich, B. Urbaniak, M.L. Plissonnier, N. Malgras, C. Sautter: Exploration and Swiss field testing of a viral gene for specific quantitative resistance against smuts and bunts in wheat.-

C. Gessler, A. Pachi: Recombinant DNA technology in apple.- J.B. Van Beilen, Y. Poirer: Prospects for biopolymer production in plants.-

P.A. Vidi, F. Kessler: Plastogobule lipid bodies: their funktions in chloroplasts and their potential for applications.-

F. Felber, G. Kozlowski, N. Arrigo, R. Guadagnuolo: Genetic and Ecological Consequences of Transgene Flow to the Wild Flora.-

F. Widmer: Assessing Effects of Transgenic Crops on soil Microbial Communities.-

O. Sanvido, J. Romeis, F. Bigler: Ecological Impacts of Genetically Modiefied Crops: Ten Years of Field Research and Commercial Cultivation

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