Transformative Technology Fact Sheet – Synthetic biology

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Type: Research Paper, Factsheet
Knowledge level: Advanced

Farm Table says:

This fact sheet on transformative technology focuses on synthetic biology and how it will impact the agricultural industry in various ways. It also includes an interesting case study focusing on the manipulation of plant production through synthetic biology.

This fact sheet focusing on synthetic biology technologies in agriculture is one of eight fact sheets in a series that look at various form of up and coming transformative technology.

The key points of this fact sheet:

  • “Synthetic biology is the deliberate design of biological systems and living organisms using the principles of engineering.
  • Synthetic biology provides new insights into biological structures that will inform a range of applications to agricultural science.
  • It will enable scientists to engineer biological organisms and systems beyond those possible with existing biotechnologies.
  • Applications could include new control measures for pests and diseases, new crops, green fuels, and environmental and food processing monitors.
  • The social acceptability of engineered and manipulated biological organisms involved in food production may be a challenge for food industries.
  • Biosafety, biosecurity and ethical issues are the most significant policy and regulation issues raised by the use of synthetic biology.”
  • The case study included in this fact sheet is “Manipulating plant production with synthetic biology”.
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