Submitted to: Review Article
Publication Type: Peer reviewed journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/20/2005
Publication Date: 10/14/2005
Citation: Duke, S.O., Cerdeira, A.L. 2005. Transgenic herbicide-resistant crops: current status and potential future. Review Article. V.16:208-211. Interpretive Summary: This review discusses the current and future status of transgenic herbicide-resistant crops. The reasons for their rapid adoption are discussed. The environmental impacts of these products are reviewed. Finally, the potential reasons for the slowed growth of the introduction of new herbicide-resistant crops are covered.
Technical Abstract: The term ‘herbicide-resistant crop’ (HRC) describes crops made resistant to herbicides by either transgene technology or by selection in cell or tissue culture for mutations that confer herbicide resistance. HRCs are sometimes called herbicide-tolerant crops. Most of the success and controversy about HRCs surrounds transgenic HRCs, so this article will focus on these products. Transgenic HRCs are the predominant transgenic crops, and the number of hectares planted in these crops has increased arithmetically world wide since they were introduced in 1994, reaching almost 60 million hectares in 2004 (ISAAA, 2005).