About this Research Topic
Plant transformation provides a key tool for basic research, such as the study of gene functions and interactions, and applications such as crop breeding or development of plant bioreactors to produce vaccines. Efficient transformation technologies are not only essential for the development of transgenic plants but also critical for other applications like transient expression and gene editing.
Even though the first transgenic plants were produced in the early ‘80s, not all plant species are transformed as easy as model species, particularly when it comes to some economically important crop species. Some plants are still considered as difficult or recalcitrant to transformation. Almost every plant species has a specific transformation protocol that slowly evolved over the years and has not been updated in the last two decades except for the methodology section of published papers. Protocols were modified to facilitate new breeding techniques like gene editing and some of the latest methodological improvements include break-through advancements like the use of growth regulating factors and tissue-culture independent gene editing protocols.
The goal of the current Research Topic is to orderly update transformation protocols of plant species important for both basic research and breeding, particularly when promising, recent, and novel technological improvements were incorporated to deliver a special application such as gene editing or epigenetic modification.
Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:
• Transformation and regeneration of plant species of agricultural importance
• Plant transformation technologies to improve gene editing efficiencies
• New selectable markers for plant transformation
• Basic and applied applications of transient transformation systems
• Chloroplast transformation
• Genetics of plant improvement for gene transfer and transient expression systems
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer
Keywords: Plant transformation, gene editing, selectable markeres, transient expression, transformation protocol
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.