Proteomics: a biotechnology tool for crop improvement

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Eldakak, Moustafa ; Milad, Sanaa I. M. ; Nawar, Ali I. ; Rohila, Jai S. (2013)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
  • Journal: Frontiers in Plant Science, volume 4 (issn: 1664-462X, eissn: 1664-462X)
  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC3584254, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00035/full, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00035
  • Subject: biotechnology | Plant culture | SB1-1110 | Review Article | proteomics | Genomics | Plant Science | Abiotic stress tolerance | crop improvement | sustainable agriculture

A sharp decline in the availability of arable land and sufficient supply of irrigation water along with a continuous steep increase in food demands have exerted a pressure on farmers to produce more with fewer resources. A viable solution to release this pressure is to speed up the plant breeding process by employing biotechnology in breeding programs. The majority of biotechnological applications rely on information generated from various -omic technologies. The latest outstanding improvements in proteomic platforms and many other but related advances in plant biotechnology techniques offer various new ways to encourage the usage of these technologies by plant scientists for crop improvement programs. A combinatorial approach of accelerated gene discovery through genomics, proteomics, and other associated -omic branches of biotechnology, as an applied approach, is proving to be an effective way to speed up the crop improvement programs worldwide. In the near future, swift improvements in -omic databases are becoming critical and demand immediate attention for the effective utilization of these techniques to produce next-generation crops for the progressive farmers. Here, we have reviewed the recent advances in proteomics, as tools of biotechnology, which are offering great promise and leading the path towards crop improvement for sustainable agriculture.
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