Genetic engineering for cut-flower improvement

Amir Zuker*, Tzvi Tzfira, Alexander Vainstein

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The application of modern biotechnological approaches to cut flowers has clearly become instrumental and rewarding for the floriculture industry. In recent years, several gene-transfer procedures have been developed for some of the major commercial cut flowers. Using Agrobacterium or microprojectile bombardment, several basic protocols are now available. However, despite the great progress and interest in gene transfer to these crops, their transformation is routine in only a limited number of laboratories, and its application is still considered to be an 'art form'. This review summarizes the reported gene-transfer procedures for the main cut-flower crops, with an emphasis on the unique factors of each method and the recent progress in introducing new trials of horticultural interest into these species.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)33-79
Number of pages47
JournalBiotechnology Advances
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1998


  • Cut flower
  • Genetic engineering
  • Regeneration
  • Traits
  • Transformation


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