Genetic Engineering of Plants

An Agricultural Perspective

  • Tsune Kosuge
  • Carole P. Meredith
  • Alexander Hollaender
  • Claire M. Wilson

Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Charles E. Hess
    Pages 1-2
  3. N. W. Simmonds
    Pages 5-25
  4. William C. Taylor
    Pages 27-28
  5. A. R. Strøm, D. LeRudulier, M. W. Jakowec, R. C. Bunnell, R. C. Valentine
    Pages 39-59
  6. Mitrick A. Johns, Mary Alleman, Michael Freeling
    Pages 61-79
  7. C. S. Levings III
    Pages 81-92
  8. Brian A. Larkins
    Pages 93-118
  9. Eugene W. Nester
    Pages 119-120
  10. Richard C. Gardner
    Pages 121-142
  11. A. Depicker, M. Van Montagu, J. Schell
    Pages 143-176
  12. Russell L. Malmberg, Robert J. Griesbach
    Pages 195-201
  13. Joachim Messing, Daniel Geraghty, Gisela Heidecker, Nien-Tai Hu, Jean Kridl, Irwin Rubenstein
    Pages 211-227
  14. Philip J. Larkin, William R. Scowcroft
    Pages 289-314
  15. R. G. Wyn Jones, J. Gorham
    Pages 355-370
  16. B. J. Miflin, S. W. J. Bright, S. E. Rognes, J. S. H. Kueh
    Pages 391-414
  17. P. R. Day, J. A. Barrett, M. S. Wolfe
    Pages 419-430
  18. Virginia Walbot, David A. Hoisington, M. G. Neuffer
    Pages 431-442
  19. I. M. Sussex
    Pages 443-451
  20. Calvin O. Qualset, Alexander Hollaender, Mary Clutter, Donald N. Duvick, J. Eugene Fox, Ramon L. Garcia et al.
    Pages 467-485
  21. Back Matter
    Pages 487-499

About this book


William C. Taylor Department of Genetics University of California Berkeley, California 94720 It is evident by now that there is a great deal of interest in exploiting the new technologies to genetically engineer new forms of plants. A purpose of this meeting is to assess the possibilities. The papers that follow are concerned with the analysis of single genes or small gene families. We will read about genes found within the nucleus, plastids, and bacteria which are responsible for agri­ culturally important traits. Given that these genes can be isolated by recombinant DNA techniques, there are two possible strategies for plant engineering. One involves isolating a gene from a cultivated plant, changing it in a specific way and then inserting it back into the same plant where it produces an altered gene product. An example might be changing the amino acid composition of a seed pro­ tein so as to make the seed a more efficient food source. A second strategy is to isolate a gene from one species and transfer it to another species where it produces a desirable feature. An example might be the transfer of a gene which encodes a more efficient pho­ tosynthetic enzyme from a wild relative into a cultivated species. There are three technical hurdles which must be overcome for either strategy to work. The gene of interest must be physically isolated.


amino acid bacteria enzymes food genetic engineering

Editors and affiliations

  • Tsune Kosuge
    • 1
  • Carole P. Meredith
    • 1
  • Alexander Hollaender
    • 2
  • Claire M. Wilson
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  2. 2.Associated Universities, Inc.USA

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