Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/10/2004
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Technical Abstract: The peach (Prunus persica) is one of the most commercially important stone fruit species (a group that also includes apricot, cherry, and plum). Biotic and abiotic stress factors such as pests, diseases, drought, and post harvest losses reduce stone fruit production worldwide. Improved cultivars have been released but many production problems have yet to be solved by conventional plant breeding. Genetic improvement of peach and other stone fruit species through transformation may be particularly useful for improving biotic and abiotic stress resistance and fruit quality. Genetic transformation generally requires a reliable and reproducible regeneration and transformation system. Low rates of regeneration and transformation have been reported. Moreover, there has been little success in combining these processes into a reproducible system for producing transgenic peach plants. The following chapter summarizes the current research on peach regeneration and transformation.