Conventional Plant Breeding

argylesock says… Here are good words about ‘conventional’ plant breeding. That’s plant breeding without genetic engineering (GE, also called genetic modification or GM).

Towards the end of this article you can read about mutation breeding (MB). That involves deliberate mutagenesis – treating plant cells to make their DNA mutate. Mutation breeding and GE (GM) are two kinds of biotechnology. But they’re not the same thing, as I’ve mentioned in other posts under my ‘genetic modification’ tag.

Here’s some science about mutation breeding. As those authors point out, ‘Mutagenesis is an important tool in crop improvement and is free of the regulatory restrictions imposed on genetically modified organisms.’

Agriculture Information Bank


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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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