An Overview of Biotechnological Approaches for Crop Plant Improvement  

Siddra Ijaz , Iqrar Ahmad Rana
Centre of Agricultural Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Faisalabad, 38040, Pakistan
Centre of Agricultural Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad
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Genomics and Applied Biology, 2012, Vol. 3, No. 3   doi: 10.5376/gab.2012.03.0003
Received: 04 Dec., 2012    Accepted: 17 Dec., 2012    Published: 26 Dec., 2012
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Siddra and Iqrar, 2012, An overview of biotechnological approaches for crop plant improvement, Genomics and Applied Biology, 2012, Vol.3 No.3, 22-26 (doi: 10.3969/gab.2012.03.0003)


Conventional crop breeding is being restricted due to the use of only closely related species and it takes many generations to initiate significant improvement. Biotechnology is getting a great interest as basic techniques for tailoring crop plants as per specific requirement. It allows researchers to shorten this time and this imitate the evolutionary process but in highly selective way. As a biotechnological approach, genetic manipulation strategy is something like tearing out a page of the instruction manual for one organism and gluing it into the instruction manual of another organism. Around the globe, this emerging science is playing an imperative role to help agricultural productivity. In this review, biotechnological approaches that are commonly used for the improvement of crop plants are highlighted and briefly described.

Biotechnological approach; Crop improvement; Conventional crop breeding
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