American Journal of Potato Research

, Volume 84, Issue 4, pp 301–311 | Cite as

Genetic transformation in potato: approaches and strategies

  • Bipasha Chakravarty
  • Gefu Wang-Pruski
  • Barry Flinn
  • Vicki Gustafson
  • Sharon Regan


Improvements in methodology and transformation vectors have helped to increase the transformation efficiency and stable expression of transgenes in potato. Genetic transformation in potato has many benefits and advantages over conventional breeding methods, and potato was one of the first crops to be transformed. Potato transgenic research carried out so far has mainly focused on producing lines resistant to pathogens and modification of potato physiology. This review examines the achievements and current trends in potato transformation technology as well as the biological and practical requirements for the transformation systems. Problems with the application of genetically modified crops for agricultural practices and public concerns are also discussed.

Additional Key Words

Agrobacterium pathogens physiological pathways transgenes vectors 


Las mejoras en la metodología y los vectores de transformación han ayudado a incrementar la eficiencia de transformación y lograr la expresión estable de los transgenes en papa. La transformación genética tiene muchas ventajas sobre los métodos convencionales de mejoramiento y la papa fue uno de los primeros cultivos en ser transformados. La investigación transgénica de la papa llevada a cabo hasta ahora se basa en la producción de líneas resistentes a los patógenos y la modificación de la fisiologóa de la planta. Esta revisión examina los logros y tendencias actuales de la tecnología de transformación y los requerimientos biológicos y prácticos de los sistemas de transformación. También se discuten los problemas asociados al uso agrícola de los cultivos genéticamente modificados y las preocupaciones del público.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bipasha Chakravarty
    • 1
  • Gefu Wang-Pruski
    • 1
  • Barry Flinn
    • 2
  • Vicki Gustafson
    • 3
  • Sharon Regan
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Plant and Animal SciencesNova Scotia Agricultural CollegeTruroCanada
  2. 2.The Institute for Advanced Learning and ResearchDanvilleUSA
  3. 3.BioAtlantech UnitFrederictonCanada
  4. 4.Department of BiologyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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