Genetic Manipulations with Plant Material

  • Lucien Ledoux

Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Analysis of Microbial Genome Structure

  3. The Mechanism of Competence for DNA Uptake and Transformation in Pneumococci

  4. Integrated and Free State of Plasmids

  5. F-Prime Manipulations of Possible Interest to Plant Biologists

  6. Interallelic Complementation in the Study of Gene Action

    1. R. F. Matagne, R. Loppes
      Pages 77-88
  7. Principles of Genetic Regulation in Lower and Higher Plants

    1. R. Loppes, R. F. Matagne
      Pages 89-105
  8. The Enzymology of Nitrogen Fixation

    1. John Postgate
      Pages 107-122
  9. The Physiology and Genetics of Nitrogen Fixation

  10. Molecular Biology of the Genus Agrobacterium

  11. Crown Gall: A Model for Tumor Research and Genetic Engineering

    1. R. A. Schilperoort, G. H. Bomhoff
      Pages 141-162
  12. The Role of Plasmids in Crown-Gall Formation by a.Tumefaciens

  13. Genetic Mechanisms in Differentiation and Development

  14. Plant Cell Cultures: Present and Projected Applications for Studies in Cell Metabolism

  15. Plant Cell Cultures: Present and Projected Applications for Studies in Genetics

  16. Heterogeneous Associations of Cells Formed in Vitro

    1. P. S. Carlson, R. S. Chaleff
      Pages 245-261
  17. Plant Regeneration and Chromosome Stability in Tissue Cultures

  18. Single Cell Culture of an Haploid Cell: The Microspore

  19. Plant Protoplasts as Genetic Systems

    1. E. C. Cocking
      Pages 311-327
  20. Induction of Auxotrophic Mutations in Plants

About this book


Mankind, throughout history, has strived to improve his food sources. By means of slow and empirical selections, it has been possible to greatly increase both quantity and quality of plant crops. This procedure has brought the most useful cereals to a state of refinement that seems to be difficult to further improve by the same methodology. Indeed, natural sexual mechanisms were always used to cross closely related sexually and genetically compatible organisms; the selection procedure consisted of isolating the most promi­ sing progenies. Obviously, by this way, plants could only share preexisting genetic pools. On the other hand, the last decade has seen drastic modifi­ cations of the experimental plant sciences, with the appearance of new technological possibilities. Because of this profound reshaping of our experimental ap­ proaches, other means can now be realistically envisaged in order to achieve similar or even higher goals. It is, for instance, possible to attempt completing sexual crosses (where both male and female gametes bring together the genetic informations necessary for growth and development of the offspring) by parasexual means by which novel genetic informa­ tions could possibly be added to the heritage •. At the limit, such genetic manipulations could enable man to create plants capable of producing new substances characteris­ tic of unrelated plants or, more generally, of other living or­ ganisms. Even if these possibilities might appear quite remote, the interest of Scientists has been awaken and, indeed, several at­ tempts to such genetic manipulations have already been made.


DNA chromosome development genes genetics growth hand hybridization methodology mutagen quality

Editors and affiliations

  • Lucien Ledoux
    • 1
  1. 1.Molecular Genetics, Department of BotanyUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1975
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-2765-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-2763-9
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