Plant biotechnology: Transgenic crops

Peter R. Shewry, Huw D. Jones, Nigel G. Halford

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Transgenesis is an important adjunct to classical plant breeding, in that it allows the targeted manipulation of specific characters using genes from a range of sources. The current status of crop transformation is reviewed, including methods of gene transfer, the selection of transformed plants and control of transgene expression. The application of genetic modification technology to specific traits is then discussed, including input traits relating to crop production (herbicide tolerance and resistance to insects, pathogens and abiotic stresses) and output traits relating to the composition and quality of the harvested organs. The latter include improving the nutritional quality for consumers as well as the improvement of functional properties for food processing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood Biotechnology
EditorsUlf Stahl, Ute E. B. Donalies, Elke Nevoigt
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages38
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-70536-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-70535-2, 354070535X
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2008

Publication series

NameAdvances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)0724-6145


  • Agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetic Enhancement
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Plants, Genetically Modified


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