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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Weeding in Transgenes

Author
item Duke, Stephen

Submitted to: Trends in Biotechnology
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: March 15, 2003
Publication Date: May 1, 2003
Citation: DUKE,S.O., WEEDING IN TRANSGENES, Trends in Biotechnology, 2003. V. 21(5):192-195

Interpretive Summary: Transgenes promise to reduce insecticide and fungicide use, but relatively little has been done to significantly reduce herbicide use through genetic engineering. Three strategies for transgene utilization are discussed which have the potential to change this: 1) improvement of weed-specific biocontrol agents, 2) enhancement of crop competition or allelopathic traits, 3) production of cover crops that will self destruct near the time of planting. Failsafe risk mitigation technologies are needs for most of these strategies.

Technical Abstract: Transgenes promise to reduce insecticide and fungicide use, but relatively little has been done to significantly reduce herbicide use through genetic engineering. Three strategies for transgene utilization are discussed which have the potential to change this: 1) improvement of weed-specific biocontrol agents, 2) enhancement of crop competition or allelopathic traits, 3) production of cover crops that will self destruct near the time of planting. Failsafe risk mitigation technologies are needs for most of these strategies.

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