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The evolving landscape around genome editing in agriculture

Many countries have exempted or move to exempt forms of genome editing from GMO regulation of crop plants

Genome editing is revolutionizing plant science and its applications in agriculture. In its simplest form, it can generate specific genetic variants that are indistinguishable from naturally evolved variants. The legislation and regulation of genome‐edited plants in many countries is similarly evolving rapidly to adapt to the new technologies. Here, we summarize and provide an assessment of the current status of this rapidly evolving regulatory landscape, with a focus on recent policy developments in Europe and the global South.

EMBO reports 2020

Source: Schmidt, S.M., Belisle, M. and Frommer, W.B. (2020), The evolving landscape around genome editing in agriculture. EMBO rep, 21: e50680. doi:10.15252/embr.202050680


  • Gene technology
  • Genome editing
  • Publisher
    EMBO press