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Volume 13 of the series Sustainable Development and Biodiversity pp 17-33


The Global Importance of Transgenic Cotton

  • David M. AndersonAffiliated withDow AgroSciences LLC, Phytogen Seed Company
  • , Kanniah RajasekaranAffiliated withUSDA-ARS Southern Regional Research Center Email author 

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The origins of transgenic cotton are reviewed including the original objectives, early efforts to establish the technical capabilities, selection of initial traits for development, market place benefits, and global acceptance of the technology. Further consideration is given to cotton’s place in the effort to meet the projected demands for food and fiber over the next 50-year horizon, traits and technologies under development, and the need for close public and private research collaboration in order to address the issues facing the world’s farmers as they work to meet those demands. Impact of transgenic cotton on global economy, environment, genetic diversity, and safety is also highlighted.


Cotton Transgenic cotton Cotton traits Global economy Genetic diversity