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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 - Mel
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: 8/11/2009
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

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.

Last Modified: 09/22/2017
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