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BIOTECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

Human is totally dependent on agriculture and many countries are still not self-sufficient in
food production. Biotechnology is creating a revolution in this field to provide higher quality
and lower cost products to meet the requirement of continuously increasing human population. Since early times, man is trying to improve the quality and productivity of agriculturally important plants by selection of better varieties and employing traditional breeding programmes

involving sexual crosses, which are slow and difficult processes. Extensive research is also going on with forest trees, as forest resources are continually depleting fast because of indiscriminate deforestation. Trees have long generation times and desired traits can be achieved by faster tissue culture and genetic engineering technologies.