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2019-05-29 16:26 UTC (cjg072@mail.usask.ca)
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2019-07-04 20:10 UTC (austein.mcloughlin@cbd.int)

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Benefits of genome-edited crops: expert opinion
Rim Lassoued, Diego Maximiliano Macall, Hayley Hesseln, Peter W. B. Phillips, Stuart J. Smyth
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R. Lassoued, D. M. Macall, H. Hesseln, S. J. Smyth
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8, Canada
e-mail: rim.lassoued@usask.ca
e-mail: diego.macall@usask.ca
e-mail: hayley.hesseln@usask.ca
e-mail: stuart.smyth@usask.ca

P. W. B. Phillips
The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B8, Canada
e-mail: peter.phillips@usask.ca
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Innovation in agriculture is pervasive. However, in spite of the success stories of twentieth century plant breeding, the twenty-first century has ushered in a set of challenges that solutions from the past century are unlikely to address. However, sustained research and the amalgamation of a number of disciplines has resulted in new breeding techniques (NBTs), such as genome editing, which offer the promise of new opportunities to resolve some of theissues. Here we present the results of an expert survey on the added potential benefits of genome-edited crops compared to those developed through genetic modification (GM) and conventional breeding. Overall, survey results reveal a consensus among experts on the enhanced agronomic performance and product quality of genome-edited crops over alternatives. The majority of experts indicated that the regulations for health and safety, followed by export markets, consumers, and the media play a major role in determining where and how NBTs, including genome editing, will be developed and used in agriculture. Further research is needed to gauge expert opinion after the Court of Justice of the European Union ruling establishing that site-specific mutagenic breeding technologies are to be regulated in the same fashion as GM crops, regardless of whether foreign DNA is present in the final variety.
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  • Article (journal / magazine / newspaper)
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11248-019-00118-5; Online ISSN 1573-9368; Print ISSN 0962-8819
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Springer International Publishing
©The Author(s) 2019
10 pages
Transgenic Research April 2019, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 247-256
Keywords and any other relevant information
Agricultural biotechnology, Conventional crops, Genetically modified crops, Innovation, New breeding techniques, Regulation