MadSci Network: Genetics

Re: how do they engineer crops and other plants to grow larger

Date: Mon Apr 10 19:32:38 2000
Posted By: Evelyn Tsang, Research Assistant
Area of science: Genetics
ID: 950139229.Ge

plant are changed to take on other plants characteristicts how

Hi Sam,

People who work in agriculture have always been interested in improving their 
crops.  The first type of manipulations were done by replanting the "best" 
seeds from the harvest, then by crossing the plants in the crop which had the 
characteristics that were preferred, and now plants can be improved through the 
use of genetic engineering.

I did a quick search on the internet and found several places which describe in 
detail how the characteristics (as in genes) of one plant can be transferred to 
another.  I encourage you to browse through the sites below:

Don Schaffner, (biotechnology and agriculture)

Monsanto (what is food biotechnology)

Michael Onken, 
(making glowing plants)
(inserting DNA into cells)

Jack Paxton, (what is biotechnology)

Sorry for the delay in responding to your question- I hope you find your answer 
in the above sites!

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