Biotech Updates

Plants, Genes, and Agriculture Book

February 28, 2018

The book Plants, Genes, and Agriculture - Sustainability through Biotechnology has been released by the Oxford University Press. The book discusses topics including how crop plant breeders look for specific traits to solve practical problems; genetic engineering of crops as a useful way to supplement conventional plant breeding; the nature of agribusiness in industrialized countries; and the vital contributions of developing countries and their smallholder farmers and the unique challenges facing them.

Challenging and controversial topics such as the safety of pesticides and GMOs, increasing demand for animal products and the stresses this puts on agricultural output, organic farming and foods, and patenting new crop varieties are dealt with in a balanced way, inviting teachers and students to consider all the implications of these serious questions.

To get a copy of the book, visit the Oxford University Press.