Advances in plant biotechnology and its adoption in developing countries

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Developing countries are already benefiting and should continue to benefit significantly from advances in plant biotechnology. Insect-protected cotton containing a natural insecticide protein from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt cotton) is providing millions of farmers with increased yields, reduced insecticide costs and fewer health risks. Many other useful plant biotechnology products that can benefit poor farmers and consumers are in the research and development pipelines of institutions in developing countries, and should soon reach farmers? fields.

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Paper reproduced from Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 6:191-198, GH Toenniessen et al, 2003 with permission from Elsevier. (www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/13695266)

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