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Chapter 20 in Herbicide-Resistant Crops: Agricultural, Environmental, Regulatory, and Technical Aspects (edited by S.O. Duke). Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, 1996.
Despite the great potential and increasing importance of other weed control options (Turner et al. 1992) and unwanted environmental side effects of some herbicides, herbicides constitute a very important means of weed control. The escape of herbicide resistance genes to wild, weedy plants could cause more severe weed problems, and presents a very real threat to the efficacy of herbicides as a weed control option. Therefore, management strategies that prevent, or reduce the likelihood and frequency of HRG escape through containment methods are advisable, as are mitigation plans in the event of HRG escape to wild plants.