Transgenic in pulse crops: present scenario and future strategies

Singh, N P and Sharma, K K and Datta, S (2004) Transgenic in pulse crops: present scenario and future strategies. In: Pulses in new perspective: proceedings of the National Symposium on Crop Diversification and Natural Resource Management, 20-22 December 2003, Indian Institute of Pulse Research, Kanpur, India.

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Transgenic techniques have made it possible to transfer any desirable gene from any organism to a plant species. Use of molecular biology techniques in combination with novel gene transfer technology has broadened the gene pool and crossed sexual crossability boundaries. Efforts are underway to produce transgenics having resistance genes to a variety of insectpests and diseases using Agrobacrerium-mediated gene transfer or by direct DNA transfer methods. Transgenics possessing resistance to insect-pests have been demonstrated in plants expressing insecticidal genes such as S endotoxins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), protease inhibitors, enzymes, secondary plant metabolites and plant leetins. Bt genes have been deployed in several crops on global basis while other alternative have received considerably less priority. While cereals, vegetables and commercial crops have received greater importance in developing transgenics, pulse crops like chickpea, pigeonpea, lentil, pea, cowpea, etc., have received considerably less attention. Keeping in view the regional importance of these crops, there is urgent need for development and deployment of transgenics for management of Helicoverpa armigera. In this review current status of transgenics in pulses, particularly dealing with biotic has been discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Mandate crops > Chickpea
Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
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Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2011 05:42
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2013 05:46
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