This book makes a significant contribution to the debate about the applications and implications of gene technology from the perspective of a plant biologist. It is written in an accessible way and therefore will be appropriate for non-specialists and the more general reader, as well as students and others in plant breeding and biotechnology. The author is a well-known Australian botanist, who has written or edited several previous books on both academic and popular topics in plant science. In this book he addresses questions such as: How are genetically modified plants produced? Which breeding goals are worthwhile? Can the escape of transferred genes be controlled? Who is monitoring the unexpected effects of gene transfer? Will GM plants ever be acceptable to organic growers?
Table of Contents
* Introduction: Cells, genes and chromosomes * How genetically modified plants are produced * The hazards of herbicide-resistant plants * Setting priorities for plant improvement * Proposals with nutritional, medical or utilitarian goals * Environmental and health impacts of genetically modified plants * Intellectual property issues * Impacts of genetically modified plants in the third world * Loose ends