Submitted to: Barley Improvement Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: February 1, 1999
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Transformation of barley has the potential to help fight diseases such as Fusarium head blight. Genes from any source can be inserted using transformation technology. Transformation methods involve first, preparing the gene we want to insert, second, inserting the gene into barley cells, third, selecting cells that contain the new gene, fourth, regenerating plants from the transgenic cells, and finally, testing the plants for the presence, expression and transmission of the transgene. Because these techniques are relatively new to barley, there are a number of challenges to be met before transgenic barley cultivars are released. These challenges and ongoing research in the Fargo lab are discussed.