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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Gene Flow in Genetically Engineered Perennial Grasses: Lessons for Modification of Dedicated Bioenergy Crops

item Kausch, Albert -
item Hague, Joel -
item Oliver, Melvin
item Watrud, Lidia -
item Mallory-Smith, Carol -
item Meier, Virgil -
item Snow, Allison -
item Stewart, Neal -

Submitted to: Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: August 11, 2009
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Genetic modification of dedicated bioenergy crops, such as switchgrass, will play a major role in crop improvement for a wide range of beneficial traits specific to biofuels. One obstacle that arises regarding transgenic improvement of perennials used for biofuels is the propensity of these plants to be open pollinated with the undesirable capacity of outcrossing to non-transgenic and wild relative species. We examine previous work on pollen-mediated and seed-mediated gene flow of genetically modified grasses, in particular herbicide resistant traits, relevant to gene flow in grasses providing a perspective on the implementation of this technology for improvement of perennial bioenergy crops.

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