Contributions of biotechnology to meeting future food and environmental security needs

Kevan Gartland, Jill S. Gartland

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    Biotechnology, including genetic modifications, can play a vital role in helping to meet future food and environmental security
    needs for our growing population. The nature and use of biotechnology crops are described and related to aspects of food
    security. Biotechnological applications for food and animal feed are described, together with trends on global adoption of these
    crops. The benefits of biotechnology crops through increased yield, reduced pesticide use and decreased environmental damage
    are discussed. Examples of biotechnology crops which do not involve genetic modification are also described. Applications
    of biotechnology to drought and salt tolerance, and biofortification in which micronutrient content is enhanced are discussed.
    Emergent technologies such as RNA spraying technology, use of genome editing in agriculture and future targets for improved
    food and environmental security are considered.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2-9
    Number of pages8
    JournalThe EuroBiotech Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


    • food, environment, biotechnology crops, biofortification, Golden crops, micronutrients, regulation, human health, nutrition


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