Genetic modification to improve disease resistance in crops

van Esse, H Peter, Reuber, Lynne and van der Does, Dieuwertje (2019) Genetic modification to improve disease resistance in crops. New Phytologist. ISSN 0028-646X

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Abstract

Plant pathogens are a significant challenge in agriculture despite our best efforts to combat them. One of the most effective and sustainable ways to manage plant pathogens is to use genetic modification (GM) and genome editing, expanding the breeder's toolkit. For use in the field, these solutions must be efficacious, with no negative effect on plant agronomy, and deployed thoughtfully. They must also not introduce a potential allergen or toxin. Expensive regulation of biotech crops is prohibitive for local solutions. With 11-30% average global yield losses and greater local impacts, tackling plant pathogens is an ethical imperative. We need to increase world food production by at least 60% using the same amount of land, by 2050. The time to act is now and we cannot afford to ignore the new solutions that GM provides to manage plant pathogens. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Additional Information: This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2019 15:30
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2020 00:23
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/71716
DOI: 10.1111/nph.15967

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