Orgenic plants: Gene-manipulated plants compatible with organic farming


  • Prof. Gerhart U. Ryffel

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    1. Institut für Zellbiologie (Tumorforschung), Universitätsklinikum Essen, Essen, Germany
    • Institut für Zellbiologie (Tumorforschung), Hufelandstrasse 55, Universitätsklinikum Essen, 45122 Essen, Germany
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Based on recent advances in plant gene technology, I propose to develop a new category of GM plants, orgenic plants, that are compatible with organic farming. These orgenic plants do not contain herbicide resistance genes to avoid herbicide application in agriculture. Furthermore, they either contain genes that are naturally exchanged between species, or are sterile to avoid outcrossing if they received a transgene from a different species. These GM plants are likely to be acceptable to most sceptics of GM plants and facilitate the use of innovative new crops.