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Document Type

General Interest Article

Keywords

Agricultural biotechnology, commercial development, productivity research

Abstract

Biotechnology is a diverse array of technologies which today are in various stages of evolution and development. To understand them and the potential application of these technologies to agriculture, it is helpful to consider them in a historical perspective. In addition, it is important to understand the interdependence of biotechnologies on traditional, well developed technologies. The commercial development of biotechnology is more difficult than imagined even as recently as five years ago. Also, the problems being addressed generally demand a much better understanding of the physiology and biochemistry of the plant and animal systems under study. Nonetheless, there is a significant opportunity to impact production per se as well as lowering costs of production and creating products with added value.

Publication Date

March 1988

Journal Title

Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

95

Issue

1

First Page

19

Last Page

23

Copyright

© Copyright 1988 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf