Cotton Plants (IMAGE) Texas A&M AgriLife Communications Caption These cotton plants were bred in a lab to remove toxic gossypol from the seed only, leaving it intact throughout the rest of the plant to protect against insects and disease. When commercially available, these plants could provide protein for 500 million people a year. Dr. Keerti Rathore, a plant biotechnologist for the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, led a team of researchers whose findings are in today's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Credit Texas Agricultural Experiment Station photo by Kathleen Phillips Usage Restrictions none License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.