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2019-05-29 14:06 UTC (cjg072@mail.usask.ca)
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2019-07-04 20:09 UTC (austein.mcloughlin@cbd.int)

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Regulatory Uncertainty Around New Breeding Techniques
Rim Lassoued, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan;, Stuart J. Smyth, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan;, Peter W. B. Phillips, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan;, Hayley Hesseln, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan
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Rim Lassoued
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Emerging precision breeding techniques have great potential to develop new crop varieties with specific traits that can contribute to ensuring future food security in a time of increasing climate change pressures, such as disease, insects and drought. These techniques offer options for crop trait development in both private and public sector breeding programs. Yet, the success of new breeding techniques is not guaranteed at the scientific level alone: political influences and social acceptance significantly contribute to how crops will perform in the market. Using survey data, we report results from an international panel of experts regarding the institutional and social barriers that might impede the development of new plant technologies. Survey results clearly indicate that regulatory issues, social, and environmental concerns are critical to the success of precision breeding. The cross-regional analysis shows heterogeneity between Europeans and North Americans, particularly regarding political attitudes and social perceptions of targeted breeding techniques.
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doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.01291
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Frontiers in Plant Science | http://www.frontiersin.org
© 2018 Lassoued, Smyth, Phillips and Hesseln
10 pages,
Lassoued R, Smyth SJ, Phillips PWB and Hesseln H (2018) Regulatory Uncertainty Around New Breeding Techniques. Front. Plant Sci. 9:1291. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.01291
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innovation, uncertainty, gene editing, agricultural biotechnology, European Union, United States, new breeding techniques, food security