Submitted to: Handbook of Plant Biotechnology
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/13/2004
Publication Date: 2/1/2004
Citation: Gonsalves, D., Fermin, G. 2004. The use of transgenic papaya to control papaya ringspot virus in Hawaii and technology transfer to other countries, In: Christou, P., Klee, H., editors. Handbook of Plant Biotechnology. London: John Wiley & Sons. p. 1165-1182. Interpretive Summary: The book chapter "Transgenic papaya to control Papaya ringspot virus in Hawaii and technology transfer to other countries" will be part of a two volume 1800 page Handbook that brings together the principles and practice of contemporary plant biotechnology to be published by Wiley and Sons. After publication, it is proposed that the material will be updated by Website to allow for continued currency of the information. The chapter provides the details on the rationale, development, and commercialization of the transgenic papaya, and our progress in transferring this technology to other countries. Interestingly, the transgenic papaya is one of the very few cases where virus-resistant transgenic plants have been commercialized. Arguably, it is by far the most successful and dramatic case that shows how a biotechnology product virtually saved an industry. In this chapter, the authors focus on the merging of the technology and crisis and the resulting outcome. Then, the approach and results so far of transferring the papaya ringspot virus resistant transgenic papaya technology to other countries are put forth. The papaya story continues to be a 'model' and this chapter captures the events.
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