Carnation (Dianthus spp) is a highly popular cut flower that, together with rose and chrysanthemum, makes up more than 50% of the world cut-flower market. High commercial value and continual consumer demand for new varieties act as the driving force for carnation breeding, and indeed numerous cultivars exhibiting an array of traits have been generated through classic breeding and are distributed worldwide. Considerable progress made in recent years in the improvement of carnation transformation and regeneration procedures, together with the molecular knowledge on the processes regulating traits of interest, offers new tools to supplement classic breeding. Here we highlight some of the advances made in the field of carnation molecular breeding; these include the generation of transgenic carnation plants with novel/improved flower and plant morphology, flower yield, vase life, color and scent, as well as disease resistance. In addition, we describe the gene loci responsible for flower initiation and architecture and consequently the development of the respective DNA markers.
|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Number of pages||12|
|State||Published - 2007|
|Name||Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Acknowledgements. Work in the authors’ laboratory is supported by Research Grant Number US-3437-03 from BARD, the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture, the Israeli Ministry of Science, the Israel Science Foundation and the Hebrew University Intramural Research Fund Basic Project Awards.
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