Molecular approaches for improvement of medicinal and aromatic plants

Kumar, Jitendra ; Gupta, Pushpendra Kumar (2008) Molecular approaches for improvement of medicinal and aromatic plants Plant Biotechnology Reports, 2 (2). pp. 93-112. ISSN 1863-5466

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Medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) are important sources for plant secondary metabolites, which are important for human healthcare. Improvement of the yield and quality of these natural plant products through conventional breeding is still a challenge. However, recent advances in plant genomics research has generated knowledge leading to a better understanding of the complex genetics and biochemistry involved in biosynthesis of these plant secondary metabolites. This genomics research also concerned identification and isolation of genes involved in different steps of a number of metabolic pathways. Progress has also been made in the development of functional genomics resources (EST databases and micro-arrays) in several medicinal plant species, which offer new opportunities for improvement of genotypes using perfect markers or genetic transformation. This review article presents an overview of the recent developments and future possibilities in genetics and genomics of MAP species including use of transgenic approach for their improvement.

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Keywords:Genetics; Genomics; Molecular Markers; Gene Manipulation; Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
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