Horticulture, Environment, and Biotechnology

, Volume 59, Issue 5, pp 723–728 | Cite as

Low risk of pollen-mediated gene flow in transgenic plants under greenhouse conditions

  • Deuk-Su Kim
  • Ilchan Song
  • Kisung KoEmail author
Research Report Genetics and Breeding


There is concern about the potential for transgene contamination in wild type (WT) plants via pollen-mediated gene flow from transgenic plants. In this study, we investigate pollen-mediated gene flow using tobacco transgenic lines carrying recombinant protein GA733-FcK, which is a putative candidate for producing colorectal cancer vaccine. Transgenic and WT plants were grown in greenhouse, with WT plants placed 0.3, 1, 5, 10, and 20 m away from transgenic plants. Seeds were harvested from randomly selected WT plants and sown on germination media supplemented with or without kanamycin. At 30 days after sowing, none of the WT seedlings produced true leaves and roots when grown on selective media. Polymerase chain reaction analysis revealed that GA733-FcK and nptII genes were expressed in shoots of transgenic plants but not of WT plants. Expression of GA733-FcK and nptII proteins was also abolished in WT leaves when compared to that of transgenic plants. Our findings suggested that there is low risk of pollen-mediated gene flow from transgenic plants expressing GA733-FcK when grown in greenhouse conditions.


Pollen-mediated gene flow Transgenic Greenhouse Biosafety Agricultural biotechnology 



This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2016R1A6A3A11930180), National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (MEST) (NRF-2017R1A2A2A0569788), Korean Rural Development Administration (Code#PJ0134372018).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine, College of MedicineChung-Ang UniversitySeoulKorea

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