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Advances in genetic modification of cassava

Code: 9781838790653
P. Zhang, Q. Ma, M. Naconsie, X. Wu, W. Zhou, National Key Laboratory of Plant Molecular Genetics, CAS Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China and J. Yang, Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, China

Chapter synopsis: Until recently, hybridization was used to breed new varieties of the common tropical and subtropical crop cassava, but changes in global climate, food security and industrialization have accelerated the breeding of new cassava varieties with increased nutrition, high stress resistance and starch content. Genetic engineering shows great potential for cassava, particularly for enhancing starchy storage root development, starch accumulation, health-promoting components, and stress response and regulation. This chapter describes recent progress relating to transgenic modification of cassava. As a vital component of an integrated breeding system, genetic engineering, together with functional genomics, proteomics, marker-assisted selection and traditional hybridization, has greatly promoted the efficiency of cassava production. The chapter also addresses how future research on cassava can strengthen food security, commercialization and bioenergy development.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0014.17
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Transition from model cultivars to farmer-preferred cultivars 3 Tools of gene expression regulation 4 Production of virus-resistant cassava 5 Cassava biofortifi cation for better nutrition 6 Starch modifi cation of cassava for industrial applications 7 Improving storage, root production and post-harvest storage 8 Future trends and conclusion 9 Where to look for further information 10 Acknowledgements 11 References

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