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Chromosome Engineering in Tropical Cash Crops

Version 1 : Received: 21 October 2019 / Approved: 22 October 2019 / Online: 22 October 2019 (05:32:50 CEST)

How to cite: Bolaños-Villegas, P. Chromosome Engineering in Tropical Cash Crops. Preprints 2019, 2019100253 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201910.0253.v1). Bolaños-Villegas, P. Chromosome Engineering in Tropical Cash Crops. Preprints 2019, 2019100253 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201910.0253.v1).

Abstract

Background Tropical and subtropical crops such as coffee, cacao, and papaya are valuable commodities and its consumption is a seemingly indispensable part of the daily lives of billions of people across the world. Conventional breeding in these crops is lengthy and yields are threatened by runaway global warming. In this review we propose the application of chromosome engineering and synthetic biology principles in order to enhance synthesis of key metabolites, and transmission of wild traits for resistance to stress and disease. Conclusions It is hoped that the adoption of such technological approaches may enhance the resilience of agricultural communities, lead to economic growth and secure the availability of key resources for generations to come.

Subject Areas

tropical cash crops; coffee; cacao; papaya; chromosome engineering; synthetic biology

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