Sujit J Patil
Swapnil L Bhalke
Nishad Deshpande
CSIR Unit for Research and Development of Information Products



Asparagus is an important medicinal plant having multiple applications in the various treatment systems. Advances in field of biotechnology has resulted in researchers genetically manipulating medicinal plants to create desired biochemical profile. The present review explores applications of genetic engineering in wild species of Asparagus. The search revealed that most of the patents were targeted for yield improvement, followed by nutritional improvement and production of important biomolecules. Yield improvement, was achieved by modifications in plant hormonal levels. For nutritional improvement, popular targeted agents included ?-carotene and methionine. Terms annotated for enzymes in patents are depicted using Gene Ontology based map.