The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Volume 57 > Issue 6-7-8 (Special Issue)

Cover Vol. 57 N. 6-7-8

Plant Transgenesis

Edited by: Mieke Van Lijsebettens and Geert Angenon

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Herbicide tolerant and lepidopteran resistant transgenic cotton, commercialized in the major cotton producing countries. This cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) which produces the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) protein which is a natural insecticide against the larvae of Lepidoptera such as Helicoverpa zea (cotton bollworm), is cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions in the world. (Top) Cotton bollworm damage of a young cotton boll. (Bottom) Cotton fiber developed in a mature boll of insect resistant cotton. (Images kindly provided by Stefan Jansens, and reproduced with permission of Bayer CropScience, Gent).


Thirty years of transgenic research in plants

Mieke Van Lijsebettens and Geert Angenon

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 445-447

Agrobacterium tumefaciens – the gate to plant transgenesis

Fundamental discoveries and simple recombination between circular plasmid DNAs led to widespread use of Agrobacterium tumefaciens as a generalized vector for plant genetic engineering

Patricia Zambryski

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 449-452

From the tumor-inducing principle to plant biotechnology and its importance for society

Geert Angenon, Mieke Van Lijsebettensand Marc Van Montagu

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 453-460

Transgenic plants: from first successes to future applications

Mieke Van Lijsebettens, Geert Angenon and Marc De Block

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 461-465

The roles of bacterial and host plant factors in Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation

Benoît Lacroix and Vitaly Citovsky

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 467-481


Higher plant transformation: principles and molecular tools

Sylvester Anami, Elizabeth Njuguna, Griet Coussens, Stijn Aesaert and Mieke Van Lijsebettens

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 483-494

Genetic transformation of major cereal crops

Qing Ji, Xing Xu and Kan Wang

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 495-508

Transgenic technology in basic research

Transgenes and their contributions to epigenetic research

Peter Meyer

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 509-515

High-throughput analysis of rice genes by means of the heterologous full-length cDNA overexpressor (FOX)-hunting system

Mieko Higuchi-Takeuchi, Masaki Mori and Minami Matsui

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 517-523


From jellyfish to biosensors: the use of fluorescent proteins in plants

Ute Voss, Antoine Larrieu and Darren M. Wells

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 525-533

Fluorescent protein marker lines in maize: generation and applications

Qingyu Wu, Anding Luo, Tara Zadrozny, Anne Sylvester and Dave Jackson

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 535-543


The use of fluorescence-activated cell sorting in studying plant development and environmental responses

Anthony D. Carter, Roxanna Bonyadi and Miriam L. Gifford

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 545-552

The moss Physcomitrella patens: methods and tools from cultivation to targeted analysis of gene function

Christoph Strotbek, Stefan Krinninger and Wolfgang Frank

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 553-564

Biotechnological applications

Engineering metabolic pathways in plants by multigene transformation

Uxue Zorrilla-López, Gemma Masip, Gemma Arjó, Chao Bai, Raviraj Banakar, Ludovic Bassie, Judit Berman, Gemma Farré, Bruna Miralpeix, Eduard Pérez-Massot, Maite Sabalza, Georgina Sanahuja, Evangelia Vamvaka, Richard M. Twyman, Paul Christou, Changfu Zhu and Teresa Capell

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 565-576

Transformation of leguminous plants to study symbiotic interactions

Anelia Iantcheva, Kirankumar S. Mysore and Pascal Ratet

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 577-586

Role of plant expression systems in antibody production for passive immunization

Vikram Virdi and Ann Depicker

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 587-593

Biotechnology of nutrient uptake and assimilation in plants

Damar L. López-Arredondo, Marco A. Leyva-González, Fulgencio Alatorre-Cobos and Luis Herrera-Estrella

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 595-610

Transfer of knowledge about flowering and vegetative propagation from model species to bulbous plants

Hendrika A.C.F. Leeggangers, Natalia Moreno-Pachon, Henk Gude and Richard G.H. Immink

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 611-620

Advances in transgene technology

Directed genome engineering for genome optimization

Kathleen D’Halluin and Rene Ruiter

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 621-627

Gene targeting in plants: 25 years later

Holger Puchta and Friedrich Fauser

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 629-637

From Agrobacterium to viral vectors: genome modification of plant cells by rare cutting restriction enzymes

Ira Marton, Arik Honig, Ayelet Omid, Noam De Costa, Elena Marhevka, Barry Cohen, Amir Zuker and Alexander Vainstein

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 639-650

Engineered plant minichromosomes

Andreas Houben, Michael F. Mette, Chee H. Teo, Inna Lermontova and Ingo Schubert

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 651-657

Transformation of the mitochondrial genome

Véronique Larosa and Claire Remacle

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2013) 57: 659-665