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Nat Biotechnol. 1997 Apr;15(4):369-72.

Genetically engineered plants producing opines alter their biological environment.

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Plant Science Institute, National Center for Scientific Research, Gif sur Yvette, France.

Abstract

Little is known about the consequences of releasing genetically engineered plants (GEP) into the environment. Using opine-producing GEP, we show that transgenic plants alter their biological environment, more precisely the root-associated bacterial populations. The alterations were both transgene-specific and target population-specific. Therefore, assessment studies on the introduction of a given transgene into a GEP will be valid on the given transgene. Evidence of any transgene-associated biological effect will depend on the determination of the pertinent target populations, the identification of which is a key step of such studies.

PMID:
9094140
DOI:
10.1038/nbt0497-369
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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