Transfer of engineered genes from crop to wild plants

Rikke Bagger Jørgensen, T.P. Hauser, T.R. Mikkelsen, Hanne Østergård

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    The escape of engineered genes - genes inserted using recombinant DNA techniques - from cultivated plants to wild or weedy relatives has raised concern about possible risks to the environment or to health. The media have added considerably to public concern by suggesting that such gene escape is a new and rather unexpected phenomenon. However, transfer of engineered genes between plants is not at-all surprising, because it is mediated by exactly the same mechanisms as those responsible for transferring endogenous plant genes: it takes place by sexual crosses, with pollen as the carrier, Such sexual reproduction has been the basis for breeding almost all crops.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTrends in Plant Science
    Issue number10
    Pages (from-to)356-358
    Publication statusPublished - 1996


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