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Unformatted text preview: be used by the medical community to combat lifethreatening illnesses. In this process, plants become "factories" that manufacture therapeutic proteins. These proteins are then extracted, refined and used in pharmaceutical production. What are the potential risks of GM plants?
What •The danger of unintentionally
introducing allergens and other antiintroducing
nutrition factors in foods.
•The likelihood of transgenes escaping
from cultivated crops into wild relatives.
•The potential for pests to evolve
resistance to the toxins produced by
•The risk of these toxins affecting nontarget organisms. Certain apple varieties are preferred by
consumers and farmers for their fruit
qualities and orchard characteristics.
However, most of these ‘accepted’ apple
varieties are susceptible to diseases, and
disease control is dependent on pesticides.
Conventional plant breeding for single trait
disease resistance in a perennial crop such
as apple is hindered by self-incompatibi...
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This document was uploaded on 03/10/2014 for the course AGRO 1001 at LSU.
- Fall '11