Gene Flow in Alfalfa: Biology, Mitigation and Potential Impact on Production
Allen Van Deynze moderated a National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance-sponsored workshop, “Peaceful Coexistence: Creating a Strategy for Harmony among GM, Organic, and Conventional Alfalfa Producers” in Denver, Colorado, in 2007. In 2008, as an outcome of that workshop, Van Deynze helped create a publication summarizing three key issues: the biology of alfalfa, the markets and market sensitivities to biotechnology in alfalfa, and production considerations important to gene flow and seed purity in alfalfa. The aim of the publication is to inform scientists, growers, legislators and the public of the complexity and current knowledge of this topic. It was distributed to over 500 growers at the National Alfalfa Seed Symposium in San Diego and to legislators in Washington, D.C. Van Deynze also co-authored and reviewed other whitepapers on the topic sponsored by the National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance.