Rothamsted’s aphid-resistant wheat – a turning point for GMOs?
Visiting Research Associate, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
Agriculture & Food Security 2012, 1:17 doi:10.1186/2048-7010-1-17Published: 9 October 2012
Rothamsted Research mounted a successful counter-campaign in response to a threat by environmental protesters to destroy their research project examining aphid-resistant genetically modified (GM) wheat. This involved the use of online media, petitions, and other tools, by which researchers engaged directly with media and the general public in defense of their work. Lessons are suggested for other researchers in the controversial field of GM plant breeding.