American cotton producers of a certain age can attest to how much of a blessing Bt traits have been on the farm. Bollgard first appeared in 1996, and farmers were suddenly able to control earworm and tobacco budworms without the excessive spraying they had become accustomed to. Years later, a second generation of Bt traits arrived, providing dual gene activity.
Precision gene editing in plants is a way for scientists and researchers to increase nutritional value and decrease susceptibility to diseases. Plant breeders want all the tools in the tool box to make quick efficient changes, and gene editing is another instrument. Read moreRead More »