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Title: Scope and significance of biotechnological improvement of tea
Author(s) : Mainaak Mukhopdhayay, Akan Das & Tapan Kumar Mondal
Type: Research Articles
Volume: 45
Issue : 2
Month : August
Year : 2017
ISSN: Print -0304-5242, online - 2454-8480
Pages : 77-90
Keywords : molecular markers, micropropagation, Camellia sinensis, breeding, biotechnology, AFLP
Abstract: Tea is an important plantation crop of India, which generates huge employment opportunities in rural and hilly backward places. Being a woody perennial crop with an economic life span of more than 60 years, it also has a role in sustaining the ecosystem. Because of its long gestation period, as observed from conventional breeding, alternative methods such as molecular breeding is highly relevant, which is rather limited in tea breeding programmes. Therefore, adoption of biotechnological approaches is a better option to shorten the breeding cycle of tea. Recent developments from the biotechnological research works on tea and related species are summarized in the review.
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