AMELIA FRIZELL-ARMITAGE of The Global Plant Council introduces future directions for Plant Artificial Chromosome Technology:
Plant artificial chromosomes (PACs) have many advantages over traditional transformation systems. For example, to confer complex traits such as disease resistance and tolerance to abiotic stresses such as heat and drought, multiple genes are required. This is not easy with current methods of modification.
There's also mention of the recent workshop on the CRISPR-CAS system of genome editing held in September 2015 by GARNet and OpenPlant at the John Innes Centre in Norwich! You can read the full meeting report here.