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Plant Biotechnology: Experience and Future Prospects

Students from a wide range of disciplines and many in the general public are interested in examining the development and adoption of innovative biotechnologies applied in agriculture, which are themselves changing rapidly
These plant biotechnologies which are part of sustainable agriculture today are presented, how they are currently developed and deployed and what some near-term realistic expectations are
The audience is primarily the general public and students from a wide range of disciplines for whom this overview would be valued and we have selected authors who the expertise to provide an easy-to-read and valuable overview

By: Agnes Ricroch (Editor), Surinder Chopra (Editor), Shelby Fleischer (Editor), Bruce McPheron (Foreword By)

304 pages, 28 colour & 4 b/w illustrations, 11 tables


Hardback | Jul 2014 | #219409 | ISBN-13: 9783319068916
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About this book

Written in easy to follow language, Plant Biotechnology presents cutting-edge agriculturally relevant plant biotechnologies and applications in a manner that is accessible to all. Plant Biotechnology introduces the scope and method of plant biotechnologies and molecular breeding within the context of environmental analysis and assessment, a diminishing supply of productive arable land, scarce water resources and climate change. Authors who have studied how agro ecosystems have changed during the first decade and a half of commercial deployment review effects and stress needs that must be considered to make these tools sustainable.


Foreword Dr Bruce McPheron, Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences, Ohio State University, USA
1. Introduction - Biotechnological interventions for crop improvement: answers to global challenges Dr William DAR, Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India

Part I. The Tools for Engineering Plants
2. The Evolution of Agriculture and Tools for Plant Innovations Dr Agnes RICROCH, AgroParisTech, France and Penn State University, USA
3. Techniques of Plant Breeding: Field Crops Dr Surinder CHOPRA, Penn State University, USA
4. Genomic Methods for Improving Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Crops Dr Dea-Wook KIM, South Dakota State University, USA, and National Institute of Crop Science, South Korea, Dr Ganesh KUMAR AGRAWAL, Laboratory for Biotechnology and Biochemistry, Nepal, Dr Randeep RAKWAL, University of Tsukuba, Japan, Dr Shahid AHMED, Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, India, & Dr Jai Singh ROHILA, South Dakota State University, USA

Part II. Contributions to the Society
5. Transgenic Crops and Food Security Dr Calestous JUMA & Katherine GORDON, Harvard University, USA
6. Intellectual Property Protection of Plant Innovation Dr Bernard LE BUANEC, Academy of Agriculture of France & Dr Agnes RICROCH, AgroParisTech, France
7. Prospects for Agricultural Biotechnology to 2030 David SAWAYA, former Policy Analyst at OECD, Manager at Ernst & Young, France
8. Genetically Engineered Crops and Rural Society Dr Leland GLENNA & Dr Krystal JONES, Penn State University, USA
9. Is It Possible to Overcome the GMO Controversy? Some Elements for a Philosophical Perspective Dr Marcel KUNTZ, CNRS, France

Part III. Sustainable Management
10. Sustainable Management of Insect-Resistant Crops Dr Shelby FLEISCHER, Penn State University, Dr William HUTCHISON, University of Minnesota & Dr. Steven NARANJO, USDA ARS, Arizona, USA
11. Effects of GM Crops on Non-Target Organisms Dr Steven NARANJO, USDA-ARS, Arizona, USA
12. Herbicide-Resistant Crop Biotechnology: Potential and Pitfalls Dr Franklin EGAN, Penn State University, USA
13. Virus-Resistant Crops and Trees Dr Cristina ROSA, Penn State University & Dr Bryce W. FALK, University of California Davis, USA
14. Role of Biotechnology to Produce Plants Resistant to Fungal Pathogens Dr Iffa GAFFOOR & Dr Surinder CHOPRA, Penn State University, USA

Part IV. Sustainable Environment
15. Root Traits for Improving Nitrogen Acquisition Efficiency Dr Joseph G. CHIMUNGU & Dr Jonathan LYNCH, Penn State University, USA
16. Biotech Approaches for Crop Improvement in The Semi-Arid Tropics Dr Kiran K. SHARMA, Dr Dumbala Srinivas REDDY & Dr Pooja BHATNAGAR-MATHUR, ICRISAT, India
17. Sustainable Soil Health Dr Mary Ann BRUNS, Penn State University, USA

Part V. Contributions to Food, Feed, and Health
18. Approaches for Vegetable and Fruit Quality Trait Improvement Dr Li LI, USDA-ARS, USA, Dr Yaakov TADMOR, Agricultural Research Organization, Israel & Dr. Qiang XU, Huazhong Agricultural University, China
19. Biofortification. Vitamin A Deficiency and the Case for Golden Rice Dr Robert S. ZEIGLER, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines
20. Production of Medicines from Engineered Proteins in Plants: Proteins for a New Century Dr Mary MANGAN, Openhelix, USA

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