Plant Gene Transfer and Expression Protocols Heddwyn Jones

ISBN: 9781489940599

Published: August 21st 2013

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466 pages


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Plant Gene Transfer and Expression Protocols  by  Heddwyn Jones

Plant Gene Transfer and Expression Protocols by Heddwyn Jones
August 21st 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 466 pages | ISBN: 9781489940599 | 10.50 Mb

The development of recombinant DNA technology and methods for transferring recombinant genes into plants has brought about significant advances in plant science. First, it has allowed investigation, using reporter genes, into the transcriptionalMoreThe development of recombinant DNA technology and methods for transferring recombinant genes into plants has brought about significant advances in plant science.

First, it has allowed investigation, using reporter genes, into the transcriptional regulation of plant genes-a key to the under standing of the biochemical basis of growth and development in plants. Second, gene transfer technology has facilitated the molecular cloning, by tagging genomic sequences, of important genes (e. g., homeotic genes) whose gene products control the normal pattern of growth and differentia tion of plants. Third, overproducing foreign or endogenous proteins in plants can often lead to a better understanding of biochemical and physiological processes.

Fourth, gene transfer technology has allowed the improvement of plant agricultural productivity. For example, plants have been engineered with improved viral resistance or the ability to withstand herbicide attack, therefore allowing a more effective use of herbicides to kill weeds. Fifth, there have been recent successes that demonstrate the potential use of plants as biotechnological chemical factories. For example, it is possible to use plants in the production of human antibodies and antigens of medical importance.

It has been demonstrated recently that plants can be engineered to produce modified oils and even plastics! This paves the way to redirect agriculture from the production of surplus foods to the production of bio technological products of industrial importance.



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