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Friday, February 6, 2009

Transgenic Sweet Potatoes

Transgenic sweet potato plants carrying the delta-endotoxin gene from Bacillus thuringiensis var. tenebrionis.

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Sweet potato is a major crop that feeds millions of people in the developing world. It is especially popular among farmers with limited resources, and produces more biomass and nutrients per hectare than any other food crop in the world. New biotechnological approaches may enable scientists to rapidly develop superior, disease and pest resistant cultivars.

Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L.) is adaptable to a broad range of agro­ecological conditions and fits in low­input agriculture. It is highly productive even under adverse farming conditions. Sweet potato is grown in more than 100 countries as a valuable source of food, animal feed and industrial raw material. It is a staple crop in many South­East Asian and African countries.


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