This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project titles: R7548: Development of clean gene technology
for rice transformation, and mapping of natural resistance to rice
yellow mottle virus and nematodes in rice interspecific crosses and
R8031: Genetic transformation of rice, potato and cooking bananas for
An easy and efficient way to develop genetically-modified crops that are
'biosafe' is now available. People worldwide are reluctant to accept
genetically-modified foods. They are afraid that they might contain
genes, such as those resistant to antibiotics or herbicides, which could
be harmful. The clean-gene technology has great potential for Asian and
African research programmes that aim to improve rice by genetic methods.
It can also be readily used to improve crops grown by poor farmers in
China, India and South Africa. Not only important staples, such as maize
and wheat, but also orphan crops, such as millet, cowpea, sorghum and
many fruits, nuts and vegetables could be improved by this technology.
Laboratories in Asia, Africa, the USA and the UK are already using this
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (13 pp.) taken from the CD.
PSP18, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 53.