The development of plants with increased drought or salt tolerance, or plants with enhanced nutrient contents, are important goals for the agro-biotech industries. The production of crops with such features may help to feed the Earth’s ever-increasing population.
Patent claims often refer to plants having genes which code for desirable traits, where the genes have been isolated from a first plant and inserted into a second plant in order to confer those traits on that second plant. For example:
- A transgenic rice plant which comprises a gene encoding [foreign protein] stably integrated into its genome.