- by Jonathan Gressel, 2008, 488 pp. $65.00, 978-0-8018-8719-2 http://www.press.jhu.edu/books/title_pages/9174.html ( Jonathan Gressel is professor emeritus of plant sciences at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. )
points the way through the glass ceiling by advocating transgenics-a technique where genes from one species are transferred to another.
maintains that with simple safeguards the technique is a safe solution to the genetic glass ceiling conundrum.
Analyzing alternative crops-including palm oil, papaya, buckwheat, tef, and sorghum-Gressel demonstrates how gene manipulation could enhance their potential for widespread domestication and reduce our dependency on the Big Four.
also describes a number of ecological benefits that could be derived with the aid of transgenics.
A compelling synthesis of ideas from agronomy, medicine, breeding, physiology, population genetics, molecular biology, and biotechnology, Genetic Glass Ceilings presents transgenics as an inevitable and desperately necessary approach to securing and diversifying the world's food supply.
"At last, a proactive roadmap for the future deployment of plant genetic engineering!
has crafted a deeply thoughtful and creative program for the mindful use of crop biotechnology to fulfill its promise."-Norman C. Ellstrand, author of Dangerous Liaisons?
"I urge you to read Jonny Gressel's
book, Genetic Glass Ceilings.
I have read the first nine chapters, to the point where he
discussion of specific case studies (papaya, tef buckwheat, and others).
I have learned so much from Jonny's
asks challenging questions and then discusses realistic, clear-eyed solutions to the questions -- all about the genetic glass ceilings faced by plant breeders."-AgBioChatter
"Offers refreshing hope of successfully feeding the world's population . . . Recommended.
Upper-division undergraduates through professionals."-Choice
"Everyone who wants to learn and understand more about plant breeding and agricultural biotechnology should read Jonathan Gressel's