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Before the genetic set-up of commercially available crop plants can be altered, the likely effect of reducing polyamine content in the whole plant and/or in those parts which are used as food or for diet formulation must be determined. Given the apparent importance of maintaining appropriate polyamine levels, plants must regulate both polyamine synthesis and degradation. Thus, transgenic plants with defined polyamine imbalances provide a unique opportunity to examine how plants respond to polyamine perturbations. Some examples of this, using either model plants like tobacco or crop plants like potato, pea and carrot, are given in this publication. Once the desired phenotypical traits are achieved a comprehensive set of studies in vivo will have to be undertaken to evaluate whether there are any potentially deleterious effects on mammalian metabolism. Short-term and long-term nutritional studies with animals fed diets containing raw transgenic plant material must be carried out. In addition, animal reproduction studies will be necessary. These aspects are also covered in this publication which summarize the outcome of the meeting on biogenic amines in transgenic plants held at the Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen (GB), 9-12 January 1997.

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Authors: BARDÓCZ S, The Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen (GB);WHITE A, The Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen (GB);TIBURCIO A F (EDITORS), Universitat de Barcelona, Fisiologìa Vegetal, Facultat de Farmàcìa (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17911 EN (1998) 89pp., FS
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-1563-3
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