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Crop Biotech Update

Scientists Identify Gene that Could Prevent Cross-pollination

February 25, 2015

Scientists at the University of Guelph identified a gene that could block genetically modified crops from cross-contaminating conventional crops. According to Sherif Sherif, lead author of the study, this discovery may put down arguments against GM food crops.

Sherif and team found a gene that codes for a protein that naturally allows some plants to self-pollinate and produce fruit before the flower blooms. Aside from helping crop farmers and food producers, the discovery might also be a boon for the perfume industry. The gene may be used to keep flowers closed and allow fragrant flower growers to collect more of the aromatic compounds.

Read the news release from University of Guelph.