Transformation in Sugar Beet (Beta vulgaris L.)

  • K. Lindsey
  • M. G. K. Jones
  • P. Gallois
  • C. Eady
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 23)


Sugar beet, Beta vulgaris L. (family Chenopodiaceae) is the major sucrose-producing crop grown in temperate zones, and contributes approximately 35% of the world’s supply, with the rest derived from sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum). The sucrose accumulates in the underground storage organ, or beet, and is extracted and purified after pulping. There are a number of targets for the genetic improvement of sugar beet (see Table 1), including improved harvesting and processing characteristics; the introduction of resistance to diseases, notably rhizomania and other viral diseases such as those caused by the beet yellows; and resistance to herbicides. However, in view of the fact that sugar beet is a biennial and highly heterozygous, being naturally cross-pollinated, conventional breeding is slow and difficult (Atanassov 1986).


Sugar Beet Transient Gene Expression Beet Necrotic Yellow Vein Virus Sugar Beet Plant Direct Gene Transfer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Lindsey
    • 1
  • M. G. K. Jones
    • 2
  • P. Gallois
    • 3
  • C. Eady
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  2. 2.Dept. Plant SciencesMurdoch UniversityPerthAustralia
  3. 3.Laboratoire de Physiologie et Biologie Moleculaire VégétalesUniversité de PerpignanPerpignanFrance

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