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Reviews recent developments in the understanding of gene function and how this knowledge can be applied for trait manipulation in plants using transgenic approaches. Although much of this information will be drawn from model plant systems, the emphasis is forward-looking to the further application of transgenic technology to crop improvement.
Contents include coverage of the following: History and controversy, insect and disease resistance, tolerance to abiotic stress, mineral uptake and toxicity, phytoremediation, phytochemical composition and metabolic engineering, elimination of allergens and toxins, plant development, biofuels and bioenergy, biopharming, and the integration of transgenic with traditional breeding and alternative transgenic strategies.
1. The history and controversy of transgenic crops 2. Insect resistance 3. Disease resistance 4. Tolerance to abiotic stress 5. Mineral uptake and toxicity 6. Phytoremediation 7. Phytochemical composition/metabolic engineering 8. Elimination of allergens and toxins 9. Plant development [including flowering time] 10. Biofuels and Bioenergy 11. Biopharming - plastics/oils/pharmaceuticals 12. Integration of transgenic with traditional breeding and alternative transgenic strategies
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Editors: Prof Anthony J. Conner and Dr Jeanne M.E. Jacobs both of Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University and Crop & Food Research, Christchurch, New Zealand
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