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Benefits of Modern plant biotechnology

Modern biotechnology is the latest stage in the development of plant breeding technology. It can be used to slow down the process of spoilage so that fruit can ripen longer on the plant and then be transported to the consumer with a still reasonable shelf life. This improves the taste, texture and appearance of the fruit. More importantly, it could expand the market for farmers in developing countries due to the reduction in spoilage.

Plant biotechnology offers significant improvements in virtually every area of crop production and utilisation, with potential benefits to farmers, the food industry, consumers and the environment.

  • Remove natural toxins
  • Increase beneficial nutrients
  • Improve taste and keeping qualities
  • Reduce allergenicity
  • Improve processing quality
  • Improve storage characteristics
  • Improved texture or appearance of food
  • Extend domestic growing season
  • Reduce chemical inputs
  • Reduced dependence on fertilizers
  • Reduce agrochemical use
  • Reduce pesticides use
  • Develop industrial crops
  • Provide renewable fuels
  • Drought resistant crops
  • Excessively salty soil resistant crops
  • Improve crop performance
  • Allow more targeted agrochemical use
  • Extend domestic growing season
  • Produce novel crops