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Factors affecting somatic embryogenesis and transformation in modern plant breeding

Deo, Pradeep C. and Tyagi, Anand P. and Taylor, M. and Harding, R.M. and Becker, D.K. (2010) Factors affecting somatic embryogenesis and transformation in modern plant breeding. The South Pacific Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, 28 (1). pp. 27-40. ISSN 1838-837X

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Somatic embryogenesis and transformation systems are indispensable modern plant breeding components since they provide an alternative platform to develop control strategies against the plethora of pests and diseases affecting many agronomic crops. This review discusses some of the factors affecting somatic embryogenesis and transformation, highlights the advantages and limitations of these systems and explores these systems as breeding tools for the development of crops with improved agronomic traits. The regeneration of non-chimeric transgenic crops through somatic embryogenesis with introduced disease and pest-resistant genes for instance, would be of significant benefit to growers worldwide.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 25 May 2010 03:35
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2012 08:33

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