1. Approaches for tagging and detecting GM plants: Dominant markers
and sequence based approaches.
|7. Herbicides: their usage, design and development. Boon to society?
Lesser of two evils? Can modern production standards be kept up without
them? Should other options be found?
|2. Current methods for containing GM plants. Do we have to worry?
What is being done? Should more be done?
|8. Plant stress: How do you deal with the environment when you can't
move? Improving growth and yield in less than perfect conditions (heat,
water, salt etc.)
|3. Forcing Agriculture: Approaches used to get crops to market ripe
and intact. (ex. ethylene to ripen, forcing bulbs, selecting 'quickly
9. Agricultural approaches and farming practices. Dealing with
costs, pests, erosion, top soil quality (can focus in US or other
|4. Herbicide /pesticide resistance: What is it? Cost / benefit of
organic, chemical and GM approaches.
||10. 'Feeding the world': food supply --where it is and where it
isn't, sustainable agriculture, access to GM crops. Paths taken and
possible roads to follow.
|5. Genetic modification for medicinal purposes: Banana and potato
vaccines and golden rice, what is known,what has been done. Pros and
||11. GM plants and the environment. Potential for and effect of gene
transfer, introduction of species. Is a gene for herbicide resistance
'worse' than a gene for increased vitamin B content? Is it 'ok' if
the gene is modified from a plant gene?
|6. Regulation of GMOs. What are they? Who has them (countries)?
What are they based on? What direction should they go?
||12. Comparison of traditional plant breeding and genetic modification.
Costs/benefits of breeding. Costs/benefits of GM.