Selection of Transformed Plants

  • Huw D. Jones*
  • Caroline A. Sparks
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 478)


The low frequency and randomness of transgene integration into host cells, combined with the significant challenges of recovering whole plants from those rare events, makes the use of selectable marker genes routine in plant transformation experiments. For research applications that are unlikely to be grown in the field, strong herbicide- or antibiotic resistance is commonly used. Here we use genes conferring resistance to glufosinate herbicides as an example of a selectable marker in wheat transformation by either Agrobacterium or biolistics.


Selectable marker genes selection herbicide antibiotic Basta bar pat glufosinate ammonium G418 



Rothamsted Research receives grant-aided support from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) of the UK.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huw D. Jones*
    • 1
  • Caroline A. Sparks
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Crop Genetic ImprovementDepartment of Plant Sciences, Rothamsted ResearchHarpendenUK

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