M. Moyal-Ben Zvi, A. Vainstein

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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 languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationBiotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

NameBiotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry
ISSN (Print)0934-943X

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© 2007, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


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