Special Issue "Organic Farming and Gene Manipulation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 August 2016)
Prof. Dr. Gerhart U. Ryffel
Professor Emeritus, Institute of Cell Biology (Cancer Research), Universitätsklinikum Essen, Hufelandstraße 55, 45147 Essen, Germany
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Interests: gene regulation, gene manipulation; transgene flow; gene manipulated plants compatible with organic farming (orgenic plants); biocontainment
Organic farming is believed to be a sustainable agriculture method of food production that is environmental friendly and produces healthy food. Compared to conventional agricultural practices organic farming generates lower yields and, thus, generates higher food costs. Gene manipulation of plants and animals may have the potential to improve the yield gap of organic farming without compromising the advantages of organic farming. Critical parameters include the avoidance of chemical pesticides and the application of genetic techniques that exclude transgene escape.
This Special Issue invites papers that highlight and evaluate the potential of genetic engineering for improvement of organic farming.
Manuscript could address the following, general topics:
- Economic, ethical, and regulatory perspectives of using gene manipulation in organic farming
- Criteria to evaluate gene manipulation techniques compatible with organic farming
- Containment strategies to avoid transgene flow
- Genetically modified insects to control agricultural infestation without chemicals
Alternatively more specific issues could be discussed, such as:
- Evaluation of products versus method of production
- Transgenesis in sterile plants, such as cassava and banana
- Cisgenesis in apple, potato or other plants
Prof. Dr. Gerhart U. Ryffel
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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- sustainable agriculture
- organic farming
- gene manipulation in plants and animals
- genome editing
- environmental health