Plant Biotechnology

Experience and Future Prospects

  • Agnès Ricroch
  • Surinder Chopra
  • Shelby J. Fleischer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Tools for Engineering Plants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Dea-Wook Kim, Ganesh Kumar Agrawal, Randeep Rakwal, Shahid Ahmed, Jai Singh Rohila
      Pages 35-42
  3. Contributions to the Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Calestous Juma, Katherine Gordon
      Pages 45-58
    3. Bernard Le Buanec, Agnès Ricroch
      Pages 59-73
    4. Leland Glenna, Kristal Jones
      Pages 93-105
  4. Sustainable Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Shelby J. Fleischer, William D. Hutchison, Steven E. Naranjo
      Pages 115-127
    3. Steven E. Naranjo
      Pages 129-142
    4. Cristina Rosa, Bryce W. Falk
      Pages 155-168
    5. Iffa Gaffoor, Surinder Chopra
      Pages 169-177
  5. Sustainable Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Joseph G. Chimungu, Jonathan P. Lynch
      Pages 181-192
    3. Kiran K. Sharma, Srinivas Reddy Dumbala, Pooja Bhatnagar-Mathur
      Pages 193-207
    4. Mary Ann Bruns
      Pages 209-223
  6. Contributions to Food, Feed, and Health

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 277-291

About this book


By the year 2050, there will be more than 9 billion people in the world; nearly 3 billion more than today. The world’s population will increase by over 700 million in the next 10 years – much of it in regions which are currently in a food deficit. How can governments ensure a secure and stable food supply for their citizens? Can current agricultural production practices and technologies provide for an expanding population in a sustainable manner? In the February 2010 summit of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), agricultural ministers recognized the necessity that “innovation, including transfer of technologies, is fostered in order to increase productivity, enhance efficiency, improve sustainable resource use, respond to climate change and reduce waste including through balanced protection of intellectual property rights, and a regulatory environment conducive to innovation and new technology.”  

Technology alone cannot solve problems associated with food supply and distribution – they have not done so in the past, and will not do so in the future.  But biotechnological innovations have played crucial roles, and will do so in the future. Students of many disciplines and the general public are interested in examining the development and adoption of innovative biotechnologies applied in agriculture in the world’s largest economies and in developing countries, which are themselves changing rapidly to address these concerns. We are now approaching two decades of experience of deployment of transgenic crops in agroecosystems, and we are still very much in the early stages of technological development, deployment and adoption of resulting plants (cereals, vegetables and trees). What are these biotechnologies today that can enhance agricultural productivity and produce medicines, how are they currently deployed, what are some near-term realistic expectations, if these biotechnologies are to be a part of sustainable agriculture?


Agriculture Biotechnologies Environment Genetically Modified Organisms Plant Breeding

Editors and affiliations

  • Agnès Ricroch
    • 1
  • Surinder Chopra
    • 2
  • Shelby J. Fleischer
    • 3
  1. 1.AgroParisTechParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of Plant ScienceThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park, State CollegeUSA
  3. 3.Department of EntomologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park, State CollegeUSA

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