Plant biotechnology has developed into a scientific discipline with substantial value in itself. In addition to the microbial and the animal systems, plants and their cells can be used with great benefit for biotechnological questions. This application will undoubtedly continue and most likely will increase in importance. This is especially mandatory because plants are the major and most important source of our nutrition. It is easy to predict that the use of transgenic plants will more and more become routine and a matter of course. The development that started a number of years ago is of so much value that there will be no way and no need to go back. All the biotechnological efforts have to be seen in the context of the pressure that the rapidly growing population exerts on the production of food and all materials that can be produced with plants.
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