Genetically engineered plants
Davidson, Sarah Nell Department of Plant Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Last reviewed:January 2020
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Plants that have altered genetic material (DNA) through recombinant DNA (rDNA) manipulation. Genetic engineering of plants allows for very specific genetic changes to be made to a plant's deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), as opposed to the random segregation of genetic material that results from traditional plant-breeding approaches. In addition, although traditional plant-breeding methods are confined to crosses between sexually compatible individuals, there are no sexual compatibility requirements when genetic engineering approaches are used, greatly opening up the potential traits that a genetically engineered plant may possess (Fig. 1). See also: Agricultural science (plant); Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA); Gene; Genetic engineering; Genetics; Plant breeding; Recombination (genetics)
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