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Agricultural biotechnology provides one important way of helping to meet this need by developing plants with desirable traits from unrelated organisms. This is not possible through conventional breeding techniques. One example already widely grown is corn (or maize) that can withstand insect attack through the addition of a gene from a common soil bacterium. Another example is herbicide tolerance in soybeans, using a gene from another common soil bacterium that allows the plants to withstand a specific herbicide, and helping to improve weed control options.