Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/30/2004
Publication Date: 7/1/2006
Citation: )Ruan, Y., Chourey, P.S. 2006. Carbon partitioning in development seeds. In Handbook of Seed Science and Technology; eds. AS Basra, The Food Product Press of the Hawthorn Press Inc., pp.125-152 (Peer Reviewed Book Chapter). 2006.
Interpretive Summary: Seed is a unit of crop yields in nearly all agronomic plant species. Recent advancements through biochemical and molecular technologies have led to much new basic knowledge on how photosynthesized sugars (carbon) is transported and utilized in developing seeds in many crop plants. The invited book chapter reviews and analyzes recent research data in this area of study at Crop Genetics & Environmental Research Unit at the Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology in Gainesville, FL and the Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia, in addition to the many previously published papers from several other laboratories. The main focus is on maize, wheat, rice, grain legumes and cotton with a primary emphasis on genes that control sugar utilization in metabolic processes such as starch, cellulose, storage proteins and oil depositions, and fiber growth in developing seeds. The results show large variability in genes and proteins for the same metabolic processes among different crop plants; thus, much basic research tailored to each crop plant species is needed prior to successful use of the directed genetic engineering methods in crop improvement.
Technical Abstract: None.