Agriculture Bytes | Vol.9, Issue 52 January-February 2009

Genetic Use Restriction Technologies

When seeds of crop varieties containing terminator genetic manipulation are purchased from the company and planted, they germinate and grow normally but produce seeds that do not germinate when saved by the farmers for sowing in the following season. Thus, healthy and high yielding plants are genetically commanded to produce ‘sterile’ seeds preventing the farmers to use them for the next season’s planting. The technology was first developed by the Delta & Pine Land, a multinational seed company, and the...

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