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Producing New Crop Species

New technologies enable the introduction of new genes derived from unrelated species into plants. This has produced crops with novel properties, such as:

  • Enhanced defense against pathogens
  • Flowering patterns that are altered both in time and color
  • Enhanced nutritional features reflecting changes in either protein or oil content
  • Dramatic reduction in the generation time for certain woody species
  • Modified tobacco plants that produce life-saving biochemical compounds
  • Altered abidopsis plants, from the mustard family, that produce plastic
  • Genetically modified plants that remove toxic compounds from the soil-- this development has enormous potential for the bioremediation of toxic land sites


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   Master of Biotechnology Program Office
   220 S. 33rd Street, Room 311A
   University of Pennsylvania
   Philadelphia, PA 19104-6391


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