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Title: Biotechnological interventions for genetic amelioration of Actinidia deliciosa var. deliciosa (kiwifruit) plant
Authors: Sharma, D R
Shirkot, Poonam
Keywords: Actinidia
genetic transformation
in vitro techniques
molecular markers
Issue Date: Apr-2004
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. C1.7 A 01 H 4/00, 5/00;C 12 N 15/9
Abstract: Kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa var deliciosa) is a recent introduction among the promising fruit crops. Popularity of its nutritious fruit berries has created a substantial demand for quality planting material, which needs to be planted in certain proportions of female and male plants for Actinidia is dioecious. The large-scale propagation of planting material can be achieved through micropropagation; whereas, it's quality and clonal nature need to be ensured, preferably, through molecular markers. With further popularity of this fruit crop, tailor-made genotypes will be required, which can be made possible through biotechnological interventions. As A. deliciosa is limited in its adaptation to a very narrow range of agroclimatic conditions, there is also a need to develop cultivars endowed with traits of wider adaptation. So that this fruit crop can be cultivated in larger range of geographical areas. Development of micropropagation protocols, identification of gender at seedling stage, identification of molecular markers to test genetic/clonal fidelity and incorporation of genes for genetic amelioration are the issues that need immediate consideration. Some of these issues have been addressed in the present paper.  
Page(s): 249-257
ISSN: 0975-0967 (Online); 0972-5849 (Print)
Source:IJBT Vol.03(2) [April 2004]

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