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.