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Title: Harnessing sorghum and millet biotechnology for food and health
Authors: O'Kennedy, MM
Grootboom, A
Shewry, PR
Keywords: Genetic engineering
Sorghum
Pearl millet
Biolistics
Agrobacterium
Issue Date: Nov-2006
Publisher: Elsevier Science Ltd
Citation: O'Kennedy, MM, Grootboom, A and Shewry, PR. 2006. Harnessing sorghum and millet biotechnology for food and health. Journal of Cereal Science, Vol. 44(3), pp 224-235
Abstract: This review highlights recombinant DNA technology as a powerful tool to enhance the gene pools of sorghum and pearl millet crops regarded as jewels of Africa. Although important advances in the improvement of these species have been made by classical breeding and modern marker assisted selection, genetic manipulation and in vitro culture allows the gene pool to be broadened beyond that normally available for improvement by allowing the transfer of genes which control well-defined traits between species. The current state of sorghum and millet transformation technology is summarised and applications in the improvement of nutritional quality and the resistance to pathogens and pests for crops grown in Africa and Asia is discussed. Regulatory aspects including gene flow and future prospects are also discussed
Description: Copyright: 2007 Elsevier Science Ltd
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/1040
ISSN: 0733-5210
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General science, engineering & technology
Agroprocessing and chemical technology

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