Genetic Manipulation of Male Gametophytic Generation in Higher Plants

  • Ercole Ottaviano
  • M. Enrico Pè
  • Giorgio Binelli
Part of the Subcellular Biochemistry book series (SCBI, volume 17)

Abstract

The success of a plant breeding program largely depends on the genetic composition of the base population used to select improved varieties and on the use of efficient selection procedures. The conventional approach offers a large spectrum of methods allowing increase of genetic variability and efficiency of selection. Practical results are well documented by the remarkable genetic gains obtained for many crops (Russell, 1974; Duvick, 1981; Borlaug, 1983). However, recent advances in biotechnology offer the possibility of increasing the efficiency of the conventional selection procedures and of enriching the genetic pool of a crop species by adding genes from alien species or obtained from in vitro manipulation. In this context, pollen technology can play an important role.

Keywords

Maize Recombination Ozone Germinate Caffeine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ercole Ottaviano
    • 1
  • M. Enrico Pè
    • 1
  • Giorgio Binelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Genetics and MicrobiologyUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

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