ERIC Number: ED241273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Genetic Engineering of Plants. Agricultural Research Opportunities and Policy Concerns.
Plant scientists and science policymakers from government, private companies, and universities met at a convocation on the genetic engineering of plants. During the convocation, researchers described some of the ways genetic engineering may be used to address agricultural problems. Policymakers delineated and debated changes in research funding and training necessary to realize this potential. In addition, various speakers urged new collaborative efforts among basic scientists and plantbreeders. This book, intended to serve as an introduction and guide for those who wish to follow the development of this promising new technology, summarizes these discussions. Sections in the book focus on topics and issues related to: (1) crop improvement; (2) gene transfer; (3) genetic engineering as a tool for fundamental plant science; (4) somatic cell genetics; (5) applications of biotechnology to agricultural problems (including herbicide resistance, bioengineered microorganisms used to combat plant diseases, and nitrogen fixation); (6) policy and institutional considerations; (7) university-industry relations (considering university concerns, industry concerns, and a three-way cooperative program in New York); (8) safety regulations; and (9) patents. (JN)
Descriptors: Agricultural Production, Botany, College Science, Cooperative Programs, Cytology, DNA, Genetic Engineering, Genetics, Higher Education, Industry, Laboratory Safety, Patents, Policy, School Business Relationship, Scientific Research
National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC ($9.50 single copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Board on Agriculture.