Overview of the Wheat Genetic Transformation and Breeding Status in China

  • Jiapeng Han
  • Xiaofen Yu
  • Junli Chang
  • Guangxiao Yang
  • Guangyuan HeEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1679)


In the past two decades, Chinese scientists have achieved significant progress on three aspects of wheat genetic transformation. First, the wheat transformation platform has been established and optimized to improve the transformation efficiency, shorten the time required from starting of transformation procedure to the fertile transgenic wheat plants obtained as well as to overcome the problem of genotype-dependent for wheat genetic transformation in wide range of wheat elite varieties. Second, with the help of many emerging techniques such as CRISPR/cas9 function of over 100 wheat genes has been investigated. Finally, modern technology has been combined with the traditional breeding technique such as crossing to accelerate the application of wheat transformation. Overall, the wheat end-use quality and the characteristics of wheat stress tolerance have been improved by wheat genetic engineering technique. So far, wheat transgenic lines integrated with quality-improved genes and stress tolerant genes have been on the way of Production Test stage in the field. The debates and the future studies on wheat transformation have been discussed, and the brief summary of Chinese wheat breeding research history has also been provided in this review.

Key words

Wheat Genetic transformation Breeding End-use quality Stress tolerance 



The data were provided by Fan Zhang, Fu Shi, Jie Xiao, Qiuhui Wei, Rui Hu, Ruibin Wang, Yaqiong Wang, Yan Wang, Yang Zhang, and Yuan He, and we thank Zhiming Xiao for critically reading the whole manuscript.

This work was supported by the National Genetically Modified New Varieties of Major Projects of China (2016ZX08010004-004).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiapeng Han
    • 1
  • Xiaofen Yu
    • 1
  • Junli Chang
    • 1
  • Guangxiao Yang
    • 1
  • Guangyuan He
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.The Genetic Engineering International Cooperation Base of Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, Key Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics of Chinese Ministry of Education, College of Life Science and TechnologyHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina

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