Prospects, Perspectives, and Problems of Plant Genetic Engineering

  • B. B. Biswas
Part of the Subcellular Biochemistry book series (SCBI, volume 17)


Plant genetic engineering has already gained importance because of its implications for crop improvement and productivity. The transgenic plant was first reported in 1983 (Herrera-Estaella et al, 1983a). During the last 6–7 years, a tremendous informational explosion in plant molecular biology and genetic engineering had taken place. It is expected that transgenic plants may yield a second green revolution in agriculture. At present a number of plant genes have been isolated, and not only genes from plants but also genes from bacteria and animals have been introduced into plants to study their expression and functions. Several reviews have already been published on the implications of transformation, regeneration, and expression of genes of agroeconomic importance (Eckes et al, 1987; Weising et al, 1988; Gasser and Fraley, 1989; Benfey and Chua, 1989). This chapter presents an overview of the most important aspects of plant genetic engineering. It is not our purpose to catalogue all the publications in the field or to examine critically the results of the work thus far reported. In this review the aim is to cover broad perspectives and problems so that an overall understanding of different aspects of research in plant genetic engineering can be obtained.


Transgenic Plant Cytoplasmic Male Sterility Crown Gall Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism Direct Gene Transfer 
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  • B. B. Biswas
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  1. 1.Bose InstituteCalcuttaIndia

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