Genetic Transformation in Petunia

  • S. C. Deroles
  • J. M. Bradley
  • K. M. Davies
  • K. E. Schwinn
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 38)


The genus Petunia was first described in 1803 by Jusseau, and approximately 30 species have been identified (Sink 1984). Petunia hybrida is now a popular bedding plant, ranking in the top 20 marketed through the Dutch flower auctions [Vereniging van Bloemenveilingen (VBN) 1994]. Of perhaps greater importance than the commercial potential is the scientific value of petunia as a model system for the study of many aspects of plant biology, including the physiological, biochemical and genetic processes of higher plants. Petunia is an ideal research subject since it is easy to grow, has a relatively short life span from seed to seed, is readily self- and out-crossed and can be easily transformed. As a result of these studies many genetic loci for factors such as flower colour, plant form, petal shape, leaf shape, chloroplast distribution, male sterility, and incompatibility have been identified. For flower colour alone 32 loci have been defined. For a comprehensive review on the biology of petunia (see Sink 1984).


Petunia Hybrida Anthocyanin Production Anthocyanin Biosynthetic Pathway Transgenic Petunia Light Pink Colour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. C. Deroles
  • J. M. Bradley
  • K. M. Davies
  • K. E. Schwinn
    • 1
  1. 1.Crop and Food ResearchLevinNew Zealand

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