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Trends in Biotechnology
Vol. 33 (2), 2015, Pages: 62–64

Looking forward to genetically edited fruit crops

Chidananda Nagamangala Kanchiswamy, Daniel James Sargent, Riccardo Velasco, Massimo E. Maffei, Mickael Malnoy

Research and Innovation Centre, Genomics and Biology of Fruit Crops Department, Fondazione E. Mach di San Michele all’Adige, 380101 San Michele all’Adige (TN), Italy.


The availability of genome sequences for many fruit crops has redefined the boundaries of genetic engineering and genetically modified (GM) crop plants. However commercialization of GM crops is hindered by numerous regulatory and social hurdles. Here, we focus on recently developed genome-editing tools for fruit crop improvement and their importance from the consumer perspective. Challenges and opportunities for the deployment of new genome-editing tools for fruit plants are also discussed.

Keywords: genome editing tools; genetically modified plants; biotechnology; genomics; sequencing; consumer acceptance; sustainable agriculture; zinc finger nuclease (ZFNs); transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs); clustered regulatory interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR).

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