Archive for October, 2008

Ecological Impacts of Genetic Engineering of Crops

Genetic modification of organisms (GMO) has recently attracted much public attention. Proponents of biotechnology highlight its beneficial effects on agriculture and food processing industry – cheaper, tastier, more durable, tasty, and nutritious food. Critics of genetic engineering use such terms as “genetic manipulation” and “Frankenstein food” to stress the unnaturalness of the process, as well as the related dangers like negative impacts on the natural environment and human health.Undoubted…

Genetic Modifications in Floral Crops

People use their scent to attract the opposite (or same) sex. Many of them prefer a natural scent, while other love the smell of perfume or cologne. Many others are turned off by bad odor. In the plant kingdom, flowers also use scent to attract pollinators. Usually, flowers with fragrant and aromatic scent attract more insects than flowers with bad or no smell.Scent then is crucial to the ecosystem, as well as to the flower industry. That’s why scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem a…