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13.13: Genomics in Agriculture

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    Learning Objectives

    Outline the potential benefits and risks associated with agricultural uses of biotechnology

    Genomics can reduce the trials and failures involved in scientific research to a certain extent, which could improve the quality and quantity of crop yields in agriculture. Linking traits to genes or gene signatures helps to improve crop breeding to generate hybrids with the most desirable qualities. Scientists use genomic data to identify desirable traits, and then transfer those traits to a different organism. Scientists are discovering how genomics can improve the quality and quantity of agricultural production. For example, scientists could use desirable traits to create a useful product or enhance an existing product, such as making a drought-sensitive crop more tolerant of the dry season.

    GMO Controversies: Science versus Public Fear

    Watch Borut Bohanec, the Chair of the Department of Agronomy at the University of Ljubljana (in Slovenia), as he discusses the fears and potential benefits surrounding GMOs.

    A link to an interactive elements can be found at the bottom of this page.

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    • GMO controversies - science vs. public fear: Borut Bohanec at TEDxLjubljana. Authored by: TEDx Talks. Located at: License: All Rights Reserved. License Terms: Standard YouTube License

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