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Potato Improvement Through in Vitro Selection for Increased Levels of Free Amino Acids

  • J. M. Widholm
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 3)


Man and other non-ruminant animals cannot synthesize the so-called essential amino acids, lysine, methionine, threonine, tryptophan, histidine, phenylalanine, isoleucine, valine and leucine, thus they must receive sufficient quantities of each in their diets. Cereal grains, which are very important foods, are generally deficient in lysine, tryptophan and threonine, while legumes tend to be deficient in methionine. Thus, the creation of plants with increased levels of these amino acids may help alleviate some nutritional problems around the world (see S. Bajaj, Sect. II.2, this Vol.).


Free Amino Acid Free Proline Barley Mutant Free Tryptophan Potato Improvement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Widholm
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  1. 1.Department of AgronomyUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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