Advances in Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plants

The molecular biology of plant mitochondria

Editors: Levings, III, Charles S., Vasil, Indra K. (Eds.)

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The double helix architecture of DNA was elucidated in 1953. Twenty years later, in 1973, the discovery of restriction enzymes helped to create recombi­ nant DNA molecules in vitro. The implications of these powerful and novel methods of molecular biology, and their potential in the genetic manipulation and improvement of microbes, plants and animals, became increasingly evi­ dent, and led to the birth of modern biotechnology. The first transgenic plants in which a bacterial gene had been stably integrated were produced in 1983, and by 1993 transgenic plants had been produced in all major crop species, including the cereals and the legumes. These remarkable achieve­ ments have resulted in the production of crops that are resistant to potent but environmentally safe herbicides, or to viral pathogens and insect pests. In other instances genes have been introduced that delay fruit ripening, or increase starch content, or cause male sterility. Most of these manipulations are based on the introduction of a single gene - generally of bacterial origi- that regulates an important monogenic trait, into the crop of choice. Many of the engineered crops are now under field trials and are expected to be commercially produced within the next few years. The early successes in plant biotechnology led to the realization that further molecular improvement of plants will require a thorough understanding of the molecular basis of plant development, and the identification and charac­ terization of genes that regulate agronomically important multi genic traits.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The molecular biology of plant mitochondria
Editors
  • Charles S. Levings, III
  • Indra K. Vasil
Series Title
Advances in Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plants
Series Volume
3
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-3224-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-4073-0
Series ISSN
1381-1932
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 673
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