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2012-08-02 14:26 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
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2012-08-02 14:26 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)

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Transgenic Perennial Biofuels Feedstocks and Strategies for Bioconfinement
Albert P Kausch, Joel Hague, Melvin Oliver, Yi Li, Henry Daniell, Peter Mascia, Lidia S Watrud & C Neal Stewart Jr
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Albert P Kausch

University of Rhode Island,
530 Liberty Lane,
West Kingston, RI 02892,

E-mail: akausch@etal.uri.edu
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The use of transgenic tools for the improvement of plant feedstocks will be required to realize the full  economic and environmental benefits of cellulosic and other biofuels, particularly from perennial plants.  Traits that are targets for improvement of biofuels crops include herbicide resistance, pest, drought, cold  and salt tolerance, nutrient use efficiency, altered cell wall composition and improved processing and enduse characteristics. However, controlling gene flow is a major issue and there is no regulatory experience  with perennial plants as dedicated biofuels feedstocks. Bioconfinement of transgenes is thus an obvious regulatory and biosafety objective to the release and commercialization of transgenic bioenergy feedstocks. In this article, we review bioconfinement strategies that target pollen or seeds that can be applied to perennial plants used as biofuels. These include male sterility, integration of transgenes into plastid genomes, removal of transgenes in pollen and seeds, transgene expression in vegetative organs for harvest before appearance of reproductive structures or gene use restriction technologies.
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  • Scientific and technical issues
    • Risk assessment
Background material to the “Guidance on risk assessment of living modified organisms”
Is this document is recommend as background material for the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms”
Section(s) of the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms” this background material is relevant
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  • Report / Review / Fact sheet / Notes
ISSN 1759-7269
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Future Science Group
© 2010 Future Science Ltd
14 page PDF
Biofuels (2010) 1(1), 163-176
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Keywords: Biofuel feedstocks, Gene flow, Biotechnology