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Genetic Engineering, Plants

  1. Janice W. Edwards,
  2. Ganesh M. Kishore,
  3. David M. Stark

Published Online: 15 APR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/047126363X.agr329

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

How to Cite

Edwards, J. W., Kishore, G. M. and Stark, D. M. 2003. Genetic Engineering, Plants. Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. .

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  1. Monsanto Company

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2003


Several discoveries in the 1980s and 1990s permitted the transition of plant molecular biology from a fledgling science to commercial reality. These discoveries ranged from the identification of biologically important genes to the development of methods to introduce new genes into plants and regulate gene expression. The former process is commonly referred to as transformation. Nearly five dozen plant species have been transformed, and more than 500 field tests have been conducted.


  • plant molecular biology;
  • plant genetic engineering;
  • transformation;
  • glyphosate tolerance;
  • starch biosynthesis;
  • agrobacterium