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1PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY: EVOLUTION OF THE REVOLUTIONLecture 1October 27, 2008Freeman DysonI predict that the domestication of biotechnology will dominate our lives during the next fifty years at least as much as the domestication of computers has dominated our lives during the previous fifty years...Freeman Dyson•Unity Principle•Infinite GermplasmCore ConceptsFood:Cereals, legumes etcFeed:Plants to make milk and meatFruit:Nutrition and disease preventionFiber:Wood, paper, rayon, cottonFuel:Biodiesel, biomass ethanolFarma:Plant produced pharmaceuticalsFinancial:Rubber, tea, coffee, cacaoFermentation:Wine, beer etcBiomass in forests and fields takes up carbon dioxide. It can be converted to low-carbon fuels, construction wood, and other products. Illustration by Brett Hopwood ().Why Plants?
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