Plant biotechnology: transgenic crops

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Shewry, P. R., Jones, H. D. and Halford, N. G. 2008. Plant biotechnology: transgenic crops. in: Stahl, U., Donalies, U. E. B. and Nevoigt, E. (ed.) Food Biotechnology Springer International Publishing Ag.

AuthorsShewry, P. R., Jones, H. D. and Halford, N. G.
EditorsStahl, U., Donalies, U. E. B. and Nevoigt, E.

Transgenesis is an important adjunct to classical plant breeding, in that it allows the targeted manipulation of specific characters using genes from a range of sources. The current status of crop transformation is reviewed, including methods of gene transfer, the selection of transformed plants and control of transgene expression. The application of genetic modification technology to specific traits is then discussed, including input traits relating to crop production (herbicide tolerance and resistance to insects, pathogens and abiotic stresses) and output traits relating to the composition and quality of the harvested organs. The latter include improving the nutritional quality for consumers as well as the improvement of functional properties for food processing.

Year of Publication2008
Book titleFood Biotechnology
PublisherSpringer International Publishing Ag
Series Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology book series (ABE, volume 111)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeCentre for Crop Genetic Improvement (CGI)
Wheat gluten proteins: their characterisation and role in determining the functional properties and end use quality of wheat
Structural and protein engineering studies of novel cereal and oilseed proteins with functional properties or biological activity
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online26 Feb 2008
JournalAdvances in Biochemical Engineering-Biotechnology
Journal citation111, pp. 149-186

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