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Are fast-growing GM plants weaker?

Sun, 21st Jun 2009

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Paul Anderson asked:

Are fast Growing GM plants weaker than their non-GM equivalent?


We put this question to Professor Jonathan Jones:

Well usually, they donít grow a lot faster.  They're just more disease resistant.  So youíll have less losses.  So if your roots arenít eaten by corn rootworm for example, theyíre actually stronger because they can take in more water.  The roots are not removed from the equation, so the water harvesting from the soil. Both for the plant, is more efficient.


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