Decades of research in plant tissue culture has passed through many challenges, created new dreams and resulted in landmark achievements. This has been possible not only due to the refinements of cultural practices and application of cutting-edge areas of molecular biology but also to the judicious inclusion of engineering principles and methods to the system. It has been the aim of the editors to offer a comprehensive survey of the engineering principles and methods applied in plant tissue culture, which has laid the foundation to many successes and opened up new vistas in this field.
This volume, Plant Tissue Culture Engineering, signals a turning point: the recognition that this specialized field of plant science must be integrated with engineering principles in order to develop efficient, cost effective and large scale applications of these technologies. A diverse team of key researchers, technologists and engineers have joined to describe in a lucid manner how various engineering disciplines can contribute to the improvement of plant tissue culture techniques and transform it to a technology.
From the reviews: Plant Tissue Culture Engineering brings the engineering-plant tissue culture link to a new dimension of understanding. The editors have excelled in weaving an exquisite mosaic of plant tissue culture themes that are more than important -- they are central -- in the understanding of their engineering principles. I, as a scientist constantly in need of novelties to improve my own tissue culture production systems, found this book to be of tremendous value. It brought new insights, new techniques, and most importantly new inspiration for new research ideas. ! I would not hesitate in recommending Plant Tissue Culture Engineering as an excellent supplement to a good tissue culture book. Most definitely students, researchers and professionals alike would benefit from the knowledge containted in these pages. Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva, Global Plant Letters, Issue 1:2 "This volume successfully covers a broad remit, bringing together acknowledged experts and consisting of 24 chapters, structured under the headings of Machine Vision, Bioreactor Technology, Mechanised Propagation Systems, Engineering the Cultural Environment and Physical Aspects of Plant Tissue Engineering. Several chapters will be of broad interest to plant tissue culture laboratories ! . is a very interesting and extensive volume, within which there are chapters of essential reading for anyone involved in either commercial plant tissue culture, or research into understanding fundamental plant developmental processes." (Steve Millam, Experimental Agriclture, Vol. 43, 2007) "This book is the sixth volume of the series 'Focus on Biotechnology' edited by M. Hofman and J. Anze. ! This comprehensive book with many tables and figures can serve not only as up-to date source of information for researchers and teachers in the area of plant biotechnology but it also open up new vistas in this field." (J. PospiA!ilova, Biologia Plantarum, Vol. 51 (3), 2007)
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