Zea mays, also known as maize or corn, is not only an important model plant for studying plant genetics, genomics, and molecular biology, but also a major cereal crop worldwide with high economic values. Following the development and application of genetic modification techniques in modern agriculture, transgenic maize products conferring herbicide and/or insect resistance, drought tolerance or high carbohydrate content aiming for increasing the yield of maize production have been created.
The preferred method for delivery of genes into maize is via Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. Freshly isolated immature embryos are cocultivated with Agrobacterium carrying vectors with desired genes. The transformed explants are then induced into calli which finally regenerate into new seedlings. This method can generate large numbers of transgenic maize individuals containing single or relatively low transgene copy numbers. Aside from immature embryos, the Agrobacterium-mediated transformation method can also be applied with other tissues such as freshly dissected shoot tip or multi-shoot cultures, which is suitable for a lot of genotypes.
Figure 1. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of Zea mays (Zhou et al., 2011)
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