If a researcher could identify a gene that prevents red rot, it would be possible and potentially a better solution than conventional breeding techniques in sugarcane. At the present time, some of the major companies are in early development on sugarcane for herbicide tolerance and higher yield. We haven't heard about any disease resistance yet. For a look at what's in the pipeline, please see the CropLife International website at www.croplife.org and search for "pipeline."
QAs a sugarcane farmer wish to know whether GM Technology can provide us with Red Rot Resistant Sugarcane varieties?
Question submitted By: Ravichandran Va...As a sugarcane farmer wish to know whether GM Technology can provide us with Red Rot Resistant Sugarcane varieties?
Posted on November 17, 2017
Response from: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com • on December 6, 2017
When people refer to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), they are referring to precision plant breeding using genetic engineering. It allows plant breeders to take a desirable trait (like resistance to drought, insects, weeds, and disease) from one plant or organism and transfer it to the plant they want to improve, as well as make a change to an existing trait in a plant they are developing. You may have also heard of agricultural biotechnology or biotech seeds.... Read More
Posted on October 26, 2017
Response from: Andy Newhouse , P.h.D. Student • on November 15, 2017
An "LMO" (Living Modified Organism) is basically a GMO that is alive and capable of passing on its genes to a subsequent generation. In most situations, the terms LMO and GMO are essentially synonymous, but neither term is really used by most biotechnologists! More on that below. The term LMO was used in the Cartegena Protocol (basically a big document that came out of an international convention several years ago, more detailed info here.) The reason we as... Read More
Posted on October 6, 2017
Response from: Professor Drew Kershen, Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law (Emeritus), University of Oklahoma, College of Law • on November 15, 2017
Biotechnology as a discipline focuses on understanding molecular biology and has applications in medicine/health, environmental science, industrial products and agriculture. Biotechnology is widely used in all these sectors. I will focus my answer on agricultural biotechnology. In many countries (e.g., Brazil, Canada, India, and the United States) a significant amount of agricultural research, especially basic research in molecular biology, is conducted by governmental agricultural... Read More