NewsPLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY: FOOD AND FEED

Engineering Plants to Cope With Metals

Science  16 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5426, pp. 369-370
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5426.369

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Metal-resistance genes and enzymes, newly identified in plants and other organisms, could be engineered into crops to help them flourish on metal-rich soils. They could also be introduced into other plants, turning them into a green cleanup crew for heavy metal contamination.

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