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Crop Engineering Goes South

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Science  16 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5426, pp. 370-371
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5426.370

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The staple crops of the developed world--wheat, corn, rice, and soybeans--get most of the attention from genetic engineers, who are endowing them with genes for resistance to disease and herbicides. Now some researchers are turning their attention to so-called nonprimary crops, often native to the subtropics or tropics, that have untapped potential for producing food, fiber, fuel, and medicines.