TWO-YEAR REVIEW ON ALGAL MOLECULAR BIOTECHNOLOGY──MOLECULAR GENETICS AND GENETIC ENGINEERING
Qin Song; Yan Xiaojun; Zeng Chengkui (C. K. Tseng)(Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Science, Qingdao 2660071)
Development of algal molecular genetics and genetic engineering studiesfrom Jan., 1992 to June, 1994 is reviewed in this paper. Researches in algal molecular genetics developed rapidly in the past two years. Genetic engineering ofeconomically valuable algae is also progressing very fast. The results of this studyon plasmids from Spirulina platensis and the agarophyte Gracilaria asiatica,studied by the authors, will be used to construct vectors for genetic engineering. Biolistics was proved by us as an effective method to introduce foreigngenes into kelp cells where their stable expression was observed. We also foundthat kelp was very sensitive to chloramphenicol, and that CAT gene was a usefulselective marker. The work is still progressing. Both fundamental phycology studyand algal resource exploitation are being advanced to a new stage by algal molecular biotechnology.
【CateGory Index】： Q943