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Petunia Biotechnology

  • Beverly A. Underwood
  • Michelle L. Jones
  • David G. Clark


Over the past two decades Petunia has served as an excellent model system for uncovering the molecular, biochemical and physiological bases of several plant processes. The experimental tools available in Petunia have allowed researchers to examine genetically controlled changes in plant morphological characteristics at both the cellular and whole-plant levels. Many of the basic experiments conducted with Petunia in recent years have led to the development of new biotechnologies that are being tested for potential commercial utility. Although most commercial advancements in Petunia in the near future will almost certainly come from the hands of conventional breeders, Petunia as a biotechnology model system has provided a proof-of-concept platform through which new technological advancements for horticultural crops have been well tested. While the worldwide commercial Petunia market is significant, the greatest benefits of Petunia biotechnology have most certainly been for the larger plant science community. As we proceed into the future it will undoubtedly continue to serve both roles.


Transgenic Plant Gibberellic Acid Floral Scent Methyl Benzoate Delay Leaf Senescence 
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  • Beverly A. Underwood
    • 1
  • Michelle L. Jones
  • David G. Clark
  1. 1.Department of Environmental HorticultureUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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