Obembe, Olawole O.
The plant biotechnology flight: Is Africa on board?
African Journal of Biotechnology, 9 (28).
The development of plant biotechnologies has been very rapid in recent times, especially in the
developed countries. The technologies have created a new branch of biotechnology known as
molecular farming, where plants are engineered to produce pharmaceutical and technical proteins in
large quantities. An evaluation of the status of plant biotechnology development in Africa revealed that
majority of the countries that are involved in biotech activities are still at the level of tissue culture
applications. This calls for urgent and sincere commitments on the part of the various stakeholders in
Africa, especially the governments, to the development of biotechnology capacity.
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