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It is a long way to GM agriculture

Marc Van Montagu UGent (2011) Annual Review of Plant Biology. In Annual Review of Plant Biology 62. p.1-23
abstract
When we discovered that crown gall induction on plants by Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a natural event of genetic engineering, we were convinced that this was the dawn of a new era for plant science. Now, more than 30 years later, I remain overawed by how far and how rapidly we progressed with our knowledge of the molecular basis of plant growth, development, stress resistance, flowering, and ecological adaptation, thanks to the gene engineering technology. I am impressed, but also frustrated by the difficulties of applying this knowledge to improve crops and globally develop a sustainable and improved high-yielding agriculture. Now that gene engineering has become so efficient, I had hoped that thousands of teams, all over the world, would work on improving our major food crops, help domesticate new ones, and succeed in doubling or tripling biomass yields in industrial crops. We live in a world where more than a billion people are hungry or starving, while the last areas of tropical forest and wild nature are disappearing. We urgently need a better supply of raw material for our chemical industry because petroleum-based products pollute the environment and are limited in supply. Why could this new technology not bring the solutions to these challenges? Why has this not happened yet; what did we do wrong?
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subject
keyword
FUNCTIONAL-ORGANIZATION, GENE-EXPRESSION, GMO, TI-PLASMID VECTOR, PLANT-CELLS, CROWN-GALL TUMORS, AGROBACTERIUM-TUMEFACIENS, MOLECULES, RESISTANCE, IN-VITRO, DNA TRANSFER, GM plants, plant genetic modification, plant genetic engineering, T-DNA binary vector, vir genes, opines, T-DNA, Ti plasmid, crown gall, Agrobacterium
journal title
Annual Review of Plant Biology
Annu. Rev. Plant Biol.
editor
SS Merchant, WR Briggs and D Ort
series title
Annual Review of Plant Biology
volume
62
pages
1 - 23
publisher
Annual Reviews
place of publication
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Web of Science type
Review
Web of Science id
000292009300001
JCR category
PLANT SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
25.962 (2011)
JCR rank
1/189 (2011)
JCR quartile
1 (2011)
ISSN
1543-5008
ISBN
9780824306625
DOI
10.1146/annurev-arplant-042110-103906
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1864582
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1864582
date created
2011-08-01 19:18:10
date last changed
2017-01-02 09:56:48
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  abstract     = {When we discovered that crown gall induction on plants by Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a natural event of genetic engineering, we were convinced that this was the dawn of a new era for plant science. Now, more than 30 years later, I remain overawed by how far and how rapidly we progressed with our knowledge of the molecular basis of plant growth, development, stress resistance, flowering, and ecological adaptation, thanks to the gene engineering technology. I am impressed, but also frustrated by the difficulties of applying this knowledge to improve crops and globally develop a sustainable and improved high-yielding agriculture. Now that gene engineering has become so efficient, I had hoped that thousands of teams, all over the world, would work on improving our major food crops, help domesticate new ones, and succeed in doubling or tripling biomass yields in industrial crops. We live in a world where more than a billion people are hungry or starving, while the last areas of tropical forest and wild nature are disappearing. We urgently need a better supply of raw material for our chemical industry because petroleum-based products pollute the environment and are limited in supply. Why could this new technology not bring the solutions to these challenges? Why has this not happened yet; what did we do wrong?},
  author       = {Van Montagu, Marc},
  editor       = {Merchant, SS and Briggs, WR and Ort, D},
  isbn         = {9780824306625},
  issn         = {1543-5008},
  journal      = {Annual Review of Plant Biology},
  keyword      = {FUNCTIONAL-ORGANIZATION,GENE-EXPRESSION,GMO,TI-PLASMID VECTOR,PLANT-CELLS,CROWN-GALL TUMORS,AGROBACTERIUM-TUMEFACIENS,MOLECULES,RESISTANCE,IN-VITRO,DNA TRANSFER,GM plants,plant genetic modification,plant genetic engineering,T-DNA binary vector,vir genes,opines,T-DNA,Ti plasmid,crown gall,Agrobacterium},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {1--23},
  publisher    = {Annual Reviews},
  title        = {It is a long way to GM agriculture},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-arplant-042110-103906},
  volume       = {62},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Van Montagu, Marc. 2011. “It Is a Long Way to GM Agriculture.” Ed. SS Merchant, WR Briggs, and D Ort. Annual Review of Plant Biology 62: 1–23.
APA
Van Montagu, M. (2011). It is a long way to GM agriculture. (SS Merchant, W. Briggs, & D. Ort, Eds.)Annual Review of Plant Biology, 62, 1–23.
Vancouver
1.
Van Montagu M. It is a long way to GM agriculture. Merchant S, Briggs W, Ort D, editors. Annual Review of Plant Biology. Palo Alto, CA, USA: Annual Reviews; 2011;62:1–23.
MLA
Van Montagu, Marc. “It Is a Long Way to GM Agriculture.” Ed. SS Merchant, WR Briggs, & D Ort. Annual Review of Plant Biology 62 (2011): 1–23. Print.