Crop Genome Plasticity and Its Relevance to Food and Feed Safety of Genetically Engineered Breeding Stacks

Weber N, Halpin C, Hannah LC, Jez JM, Kough J, Parrott W

Task Force #9

Plant Physiology. 2012;160:1842-1853

This article, published in the December 2012 issue of Plant Physiology, draws on insights from plant breeding, describes the plasticity of conventional plant genomes over generations of crossing and selection, and considers the implications of event stacking on food and feed safety in the context of the normal plant genome. This paper focuses on (1) the potential of transgenes to alter genome stability and (2) the potential risks to food and feed safety associated with genome instability.

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