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Barriers and paths to market for genetically engineered crops
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Barriers and paths to market for genetically engineered crops

Barriers and paths to market for genetically engineered crops
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Barriers and paths to market for genetically engineered crops

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- Caius M.
Rommens*
J.R. Simplot Company, Plant Sciences, Boise ID 83706, USA
Correspondence to   *(fax (208) 327 3212; e-mail crommens@simplot.com)
Copyright Journal compilation © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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Each year, billions of dollars are invested in efforts to improve crops through genetic engineering (GE). These activities have resulted in a surge of publications and patents on technologies and genes: a momentum in basic research that, unfortunately, is not sustained throughout the subsequent phases of product development. After more than two decades of intensive research, the market for transgenic crops is still dominated by applications of just a handful of methods and genes. This discrepancy between research and development reflects difficulties in understanding and overcoming seven main barriers-to-entry: (1) trait efficacy in the field, (2) critical product concepts, (3) freedom-to-operate, (4) industry support, (5) identity preservation and stewardship, (6) regulatory approval and (7) retail and consumer acceptance. In this review, I describe the various roadblocks to market for transgenic crops and also discuss methods and approaches on how to overcome these, especially in the United States.

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