Genetically modified (GM) crops: European and transatlantic divisions


Wiley Online Library

Published February 2014

It seems doubtful to me whether this idea (i.e. transformation) is ever going to be practicable’. These words were included in a report prepared by Ralph Riley (Director of the Plant Breeding Institute in Cambridge) following a Rockefeller Foundation conference that took place in the Villa Sebelloni, Bellagio, Italy, in May 1969. The conference was entitled, ‘Crop Improvement through Techniques of Plant Cell and Tissue Culture’, and its declared aim was ‘to evaluate the present status of cell and tissue culture methods in plants, and to consider what prospects these procedures offer for crop improvement’.

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