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Terminator Technology

Genetic engineering can be utilized to develop novel plant varieties in which seed germination can be controlled. Seed sterility technology, widely described as terminator technology, may act as a tool for (a) reducing gene flow from genetically engineered (GE) crops and (b) protecting intellectual property. Terminator technology has not been commercialized and remains theoretical, or laboratory based. This technology is controversial and has been criticized as a means for large multinational corporations to increase their control and reduce farmer independence. This entry discusses the applications of terminator technology, provides examples, and examines its current status and limitations.

Applications of Seed Sterility Technology
Reducing Gene Flow

Gene flow from GE crops can compromise conventional and organic agriculture. Large amounts of seed can be lost during harvest and transport. These ...

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