Plant biotechnology is a collection of methods used to modify plants to meet certain requirements or opportunities. Multiple needs and opportunities frequently coexist in the same circumstance. Examples include employing CRISPR gene editing to generate cows that produce more milk, creating genetically modified apples with prolonged shelf life, and using genetic engineering to create seeds for soybeans that are herbicide resistant. Plant biotechnology involves breeding to improve plants for a variety of reasons, including raising yield and quality, resisting heat and drought, resisting phytopathogens, resisting herbicides and insects, increasing biomass for the production of biofuels, and raising the nutritional value of the crops.
- Track 1-1 Plant breeding and molecular breeding
- Track 2-2 Plant genome sciences
- Track 3-3 Plant pathology and microbiology
- Track 4-4 Plant physiology and Biochemistry