Genetically Modified Organisms in the Tropics: Challenges and Perspectives

  • Manuela Nobrega Dourado
  • Tiago Falda Leite
  • Paulo Augusto Viana Barroso
  • Welington Luiz AraújoEmail author


For many years, the breeding in plant and animal genomes has been performed using phenotypic selection, but although this strategy is still being used, many traits that could not be modified by classical breeding techniques have been introduced by genetic engineering, allowing to break the species barriers. These genetically modified organisms (GMOs) caused a revolution in the agriculture and enzyme production, since new plant and microorganism genotypes could be obtained, generating new process and strategies to produce food and enzyme. Although, plants expressing herbicide (glyphosate) and insect (Bt plants) resistance are the most used GMO, many other traits have been introduced in plants and microorganisms. The use of GM microorganisms (GMMs) in contention (e.g., in bioreactors) for the production of enzymes, drugs, biofuels, and chemical modification is common and widespread, but the releasing of this GMM is still been studied. In this chapter, we describe how this technology has been applied in tropical countries, including the possibilities that could be applied in these countries. In addition, the impact of genetically modified plants in the microbial communities was described, focusing in studies in Brazilian conditions.


Genetically modified microorganism Genetically modified plants Microbial ecology, GMO regulation Transgeny effect Transgeny risk assessment Plant-microbe interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manuela Nobrega Dourado
    • 1
  • Tiago Falda Leite
    • 2
  • Paulo Augusto Viana Barroso
    • 3
  • Welington Luiz Araújo
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.NAP/BIOP, Departamento de MicrobiologiaInstituto de Ciências Biomédicas, Universidade de São Paulo, Biomédicas II, Cidade UniversitáriaSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Brazilian Industrial Biotechnology AssociationSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.EMBRAPA AgroenergiaCampinasBrazil

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