Biotechnological intervention in the development of crops has opened
new vistas in agriculture. Central to the accomplishment of the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs), biotechagriculture is essential in meeting these targets. Biotech crops have already made modest contributions toward ensuring food and nutrition security by reducing losses and increasing productivity, with less pesticide input. These crops could help address some of the major challenges in agriculture-based economies created by climate change. Projections of global climate change expect the concentration of greenhouse gases to increase, aridization of the environment to increase, temperature fluctuations to occur sharply and frequently, and spatial and temporal distribution of rainfall to be disturbed— all of which will increase abiotic stressrelated challenges to crops.
Amjad M. Husaini Centre for Plant Biotechnology; Division of Biotechnology; Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir; Jammu and Kashmir, India
Narendra Tuteja Plant Molecular Biology Group; International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology; New Delhi, India
Copyright:GM Crops and Food: Biotechnology in Agriculture and the Food Chain 4:1, 1-9; January/February/March 2013; © 2013 Landes Bioscience