Basic Life Sciences

Genetic Engineering of Plants

An Agricultural Perspective

Authors: Kosuge, T., Meredith, C.P., Hollaender, A., Wilson, C.M.

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William C. Taylor Department of Genetics University of California Berkeley, California 94720 It is evident by now that there is a great deal of interest in exploiting the new technologies to genetically engineer new forms of plants. A purpose of this meeting is to assess the possibilities. The papers that follow are concerned with the analysis of single genes or small gene families. We will read about genes found within the nucleus, plastids, and bacteria which are responsible for agri­ culturally important traits. Given that these genes can be isolated by recombinant DNA techniques, there are two possible strategies for plant engineering. One involves isolating a gene from a cultivated plant, changing it in a specific way and then inserting it back into the same plant where it produces an altered gene product. An example might be changing the amino acid composition of a seed pro­ tein so as to make the seed a more efficient food source. A second strategy is to isolate a gene from one species and transfer it to another species where it produces a desirable feature. An example might be the transfer of a gene which encodes a more efficient pho­ tosynthetic enzyme from a wild relative into a cultivated species. There are three technical hurdles which must be overcome for either strategy to work. The gene of interest must be physically isolated.

Table of contents (32 chapters)

  • Opening Remarks

    Hess, Charles E.

    Pages 1-2

  • An Overview of Crop Improvement: Chairman’s Introduction

    Frey, Kenneth J.

    Pages 3-4

  • Plant Breeding: The State of the Art

    Simmonds, N. W.

    Pages 5-25

  • Genes: Chairman’s Introduction

    Taylor, William C.

    Pages 27-28

  • Nuclear Genes Encoding the Small Subunit of Ribulose-1,5-Bisphosphate Carboxylase

    Cashmore, A. R.

    Pages 29-38

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Genetic Engineering of Plants
Book Subtitle
An Agricultural Perspective
Authors
Series Title
Basic Life Sciences
Series Volume
26
Copyright
1983
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-4544-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-4544-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4684-4546-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 499
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