How Will Transgenic Sugar Beets Behave in Natural Plant Communities

  • D. Bartsch
  • A. Emonds
  • H. Gluth
  • C. Haag
  • C. Morak
  • M. Pohl-Orf
  • M. Schmidt

Abstract

According to Regal (1993), there are three arguments that genetic engineering differs from traditional breeding methods in its potential to alter plants:
  1. 1.

    Phylogenetic leapfrogging is a true ecological novelty. New attribute qualities can be introduced into organisms.

     
  2. 2.

    The genetic modification can be carried out without traditional debilitating trade-offs. Instead of substitutional changes of alleles in traditional techniques, gene technology is able to add radical adaptive improvements.

     
  3. 3.

    Gene technology offers access to the non-Mendelian portions of the genome. The basic genetic command system, which may be hidden for altering in conventional manipulations, is now open for reprogramming.

     

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Bartsch
    • 1
  • A. Emonds
    • 1
  • H. Gluth
    • 1
  • C. Haag
    • 1
  • C. Morak
    • 1
  • M. Pohl-Orf
    • 1
  • M. Schmidt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology V (Ecology, Ecotoxicology and Ecochemistry)Technical University of AachenAachenGermany

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