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FPJ1402D - Scheben, A & Edwards, D (2017), The Future of Crop Improvement with Genome Editing Technology

FPJ1402D - Scheben, A & Edwards, D (2017), The Future of Crop Improvement with Genome Editing Technology, in Farm Policy Journal, vol. 14, no. 2, Autumn 2017, pp. 19-31, Surry Hills, Australia.

The rate of crop improvement must increase to meet the demands of a growing population. Although conventional breeding has delivered today’s high-yielding crops, genome editing technologies now offer a faster and more precise approach to generate novel crop varieties. If genomics can provide high-quality crop genome assemblies and functional annotation as starting material, genome editing has the potential to accelerate crop improvement and broaden the range of traits generated in novel varieties. The unclear regulatory status of genome edited crops in most countries and the lack of distinction between non-transgenic genome edited and transgenic modified crops remain important hurdles for the deployment of genome editing in crop improvement. As the functions of more crop genes are revealed and regulatory frameworks are adapted to new technologies, genome editing can provide a powerful new tool to shape the future of agriculture and support global food security.

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