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British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Online from: 1899

Subject Area: Industry and Public Sector Management

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Crop plant lineage pollution

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Title:Crop plant lineage pollution
Author(s):Hugh D. Wilson, (Department of Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas,USA)
Citation:Hugh D. Wilson, (2001) "Crop plant lineage pollution", British Food Journal, Vol. 103 Iss: 11, pp.780 - 784
Keywords:Agriculture, Biotechnology, Diversity, Environment
Article type:Viewpoint
DOI:10.1108/00070700110696841 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Focuses on the potential negative impact of released transgenic artifacts on the genetic diversity of wild plant populations. Expresses the view that crops and companion weeds evolve together through an on-going exchange of genes and asserts that this leaves both crop and weed forms having the same, limited gene pool. Speculates that the insertion of a genetic modification that gives evolutionary advantage to a plant could transmit very easily to companion varieties and these would then be in a position to supplant wild, non-companion types that are the source of genetic diversity for the entire species.

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