Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding

Genetic transformation of Vigna unguiculata tissue by Agrobacterium tumifaciens

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Vigna unguiculata L. (Walp.), commonly known as
cowpea is a widely cultivated vegetable legume in
tropical countries mainly for its green pods [1]. In India,
cowpea pods are an integral part of the diet for a largely
vegetarian population. The 100g of raw green seeds
typically contain 338 calories, 22-25% protein [2]. Apart
from low productivity, diseases are major problem in
increasing the cowpea production. Out of many viral
diseases golden mosaic disease is the most serious
problem caused by cowpea golden mosaic virus
(CGMV) incurring losses up to 100 % under epidemic
conditions. The farmers have no option but to burn their
crop to prevent further spread. To overcome this
problem, development of transgenic virus resistant lines
using viral gene construct is a vaible option [3] however,
development of an efficient transformation and
regeneration system for Indian varieties is still remains
a major challenge in case of cowpea.

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Year: 2011
Volume: 71
Issue: 1
Article DOI: N/A
Print ISSN: 0019-5200
Online ISSN: 0975-6906


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