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Book, 2014

Shaping our food – an overview of crop and livestock breeding

Lehrman, Anna; Chatzopoulou, Sevasti; Feng, Li; Forabosco, Flavio; Jonas, Elisabeth; Karantininis, Konstantinos; Levander, Fredrik; Nicolia, Alessandro; Rydhmer, Lotta; Röcklinsberg, Helena; Sandin, Per; Sundström, Jens; Zhu, Li-Hua

Abstract

You may not have thought about why tomatoes look the way they do, why our pets and farm animals are so calm and friendly, or how it is possible to get a watermelon without any seeds in it. Although the breeding of plants and livestock have shaped more or less everything we eat, few people know about the scientific achievements and the tedious work that results in the food we see on our plates every day. With this book we wish to give an overview of the background of domestication and breeding, from the beginning of farming more than 10,000 years ago to the molecular work of today. We present the basics of the structures and functions of genes, describe why and how different breeding methods are applied to crops and livestock, and give some insight into legislation surrounding the use of biotechnology in breeding in the EU and in Sweden. We also provide an overview of different products produced through genetic modification, a summary of the economic impact of such crops, and some ethical issues related to breeding in general and to genetic modification in particular.

Keywords

plant breeding; livestock breeding; genetics; gene technology; genetic modification; GMO; ethics; biotechnology; economy; legislation

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Publisher: Mistra Biotech, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology
Chatzopoulou, Sevasti
Roskilde University
Feng, Li
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology
Forabosco, Flavio
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology
Jonas, Elisabeth
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology
Levander, Fredrik
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology
Nicolia, Alessandro
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Environment and Health
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Biology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Plant breeding and Biotechnology

UKÄ Subject classification

Bioethics
Genetics
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/63675