Applications of Plant Biotechnology: In Vitro Propagation and Plant Transformations

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2024 | Viewed by 63

Special Issue Editor

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Biotechnology Laboratory, Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias, Santiago de Chile, 8831314, Chile
Interests: Plant molecular biology; Fruit crops; Gene editing; Gene silencing; In vitro culture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The intersection of genomics and gene editing has ushered in a transformative era in plant biology and biotechnology. The rapidly increasing number of sequenced plant genomes and information from functional genomic data to understand gene function, together with novel gene cloning and up-to-date tissue culture methods, is accelerating crop improvement and trait development.

Genetic transformation is key for these advances to contribute to breeding and research in plants, aiding the understanding of complex biological phenomena like pathogenesis, genome organization, light reception, signal transduction, epigenetic modulation, and others. Efforts for improving transformation techniques have contributed to speeding up precision breeding; newly created phenotypes have been the result of modulating the activity of the host’s gene by RNA interference mechanisms and, more recently, the powerful CRISPR-Cas gene-editing technology, which today aims to hold immense promise for global agriculture, food security, and scientific advancements.

These innovations have included improving procedures in Agrobacterium-mediated gene transfer, protoplast protocols, direct organogenesis, somatic embryogenesis, and in planta techniques. The use of morphogenic genes has also been explored in different plant systems. In addition, there is also a continued search for progress in screening and selection procedures, including the design and application of new vectors and delivery systems.

Currently, while transgenic technology is beneficial for breeding, it faces challenges like low transformation efficiency and the complexity of molecular genetic mechanisms involved in the gene transfer process. Several aspects of genetic transformation achieved in model species have not been reached for relevant crops, including both monocots and dicots.

This Special Issue aims to cover new developments in the field of gene transfer and the regeneration procedures of species of relevance in breeding. We welcome manuscripts dealing with the following:

  • The transformation of recalcitrant species;
  • The employment of Agrobacterium strains with different transformation capabilities;
  • In planta transformation procedures;
  • Protoplast techniques;
  • New vectors for transformation, including cisgenic and viral vectors;
  • Gene silencing through the application of siRNA, miRNA, or artificial miRNA methodology;
  • CRISPRmediated genome editing;
  • Other new approaches to genetic transformation (for instance, the use of genes affecting plant regeneration).

Dr. Humberto Prieto
Guest Editor

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  • gene transfer procedures
  • Agrobacterium
  • regeneration
  • in planta genetic transformation
  • RNA interference
  • gene expression
  • gene editing

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