Date: Thu, 1 Apr 1999 1:48:8 +0800 From: Peter Cole <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Message-Id: <aabcdefg1176$foo@default> Subject: carnivorous chips - what's next?
Just found this press release on the Net and thought it might
be of interest. Genetic modification gone mad!
> ******ASSOCIATED PRESS******
> AP1/118/S 02:13Z 03/30/99
> Monsanto's new weapon against crop pests
> The controversial Biogenetics company Monsanto, announced a new
> avenue of research yesterday, in response to growing criticism
> of its genetically modified, pesticide-resistant crops.
> The breakthrough came when Monsanto scientists successfully
> introduced selected gene sequences from Drosera rotundifolia,
> an insectivorous species of sundew, into potato tubers. The
> resulting plants produce similar trapping tentacles to Drosera
> rotundifolia on their leaf, stem and tuber surfaces, and are
> capable of not only resisting insect damage without the
> application of pesticides, but digesting the captured prey to
> provide nutrients for the plants.
> Monsanto believe that as well as reducing the need for chemical
> pesticides, fertilizer savings of up to 20% may be achievable in
> the field. They also foresee the virtual elimination of insect
> damage and the associated spread of potato bacterial ring rot and
> PSTV viruses that cause an estimated $4 billion damage worldwide
> per annum.
> Work is continuing on introducing the same genes to other crops
> including tomatoes, maize and soya.
Cambrian Carnivores,17,Wimmerfield Cr.,SWANSEA,SA27BU - tel:+44(0)1792 205214
Sid.Sundew & the Butterworts of Doom- www.flytrap.demon.co.uk/fun/ssatpod.htm
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