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Research Status and Prospect in Molecular Biology of Amorphophallus  

Hao Wang , Kunzhi Li
Faculty of Life Science and Technology, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, 650500, China
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Medicinal Plant Research, 2021, Vol. 11, No. 2   doi: 10.5376/mpr.2021.11.0002
Received: 18 Feb., 2021    Accepted: 26 Feb., 2021    Published: 04 Mar., 2021
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Wang H., and Li K.Z. 2021, Research status and prospect in molecular biology of Amorphophallus, Medicinal Plant Research, 11(2): 1-7 (doi: 10.5376/mpr.2021.11.0002)


Amorphophallus is an important economic crop in southern China. Because of its abundant konjac glucomannan (KGM) in its bulb, it has wide application and development value in food, medicine, chemical industry, textile and other industries. With the rapid development of Amorphophallus industry, molecular biology technology has become an important method to study the growth and development, genetic breeding of Amorphophallus, and promote the rapid development of Amorphophallus genetic breeding and molecular biology research. In view of this, this paper reviews the progress of Amorphophallus in molecular biology in recent years, including: (1) karyotype study; (2) Application of molecular marker technology; (3) Genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and microRNA studies; (4) Research on functional genes. The existing problems and future development direction of Amorphophallus molecular biology research were described, which provide reference for the related research.

Amorphophallus; Molecular biology; Molecular marker; Omics; Functional genes
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