Cotton in Petri Dishes (IMAGE) Texas A&M AgriLife Communications Caption What started in a petri dish such as this could ultimately provide protein for 500 million people annually. From this tissue in the lab, cotton plants with no toxic gossypol in the seed but still it intact throughout the rest of the plant to protect against insects and disease. Dr. Keerti Rathore, a plant biotechnologist for the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, led a team of researchers whose findings are in the November 20 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.