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Pulse Improvement

Physiological, Molecular and Genetic Perspectives

  • Shabir Hussain Wani
  • Mukesh Jain

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Manisha Goyal, Jitender Singh, Pankaj Kumr, Anil Sirohi
    Pages 1-11
  3. Javaid Akhter Bhat, S. M. Shivaraj, Sajad Ali, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Aminul Islam, Rupesh Deshmukh
    Pages 13-55
  4. Jeffrey N. Wilson, Ratan Chopra
    Pages 57-76
  5. Titash Dutta, Nageswara Rao Reddy Neelapu, Shabir H. Wani, Surekha Challa
    Pages 77-98
  6. Aditya Banerjee, Puja Ghosh, Aryadeep Roychoudhury
    Pages 99-108
  7. Reetika Mahajan, Aejaz Ahmad Dar, Shazia Mukthar, Sajad Majeed Zargar, Susheel Sharma
    Pages 109-136
  8. Santisree Parankusam, Sricindhuri Katamreddy, Pradeep Reddy Bommineni, Pooja Bhatnagar-Mathur, Kiran K. Sharma
    Pages 137-173
  9. Alok Das, Prateek Singh, Neetu Singh Kushwah, Shallu Thakur, Meenal Rathore, Aditya Pratap et al.
    Pages 175-189
  10. Poonam Mehra, Ajit Pal Singh, Jyoti Bhadouria, Lokesh Verma, Poonam Panchal, Jitender Giri
    Pages 191-217
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 235-241

About this book


Advances in molecular biology and genome research in the form of molecular breeding and genetic engineering put forward innovative prospects for improving productivity of many pulses crops.  Pathways have been discovered, which include regulatory elements that modulate stress responses (e.g., transcription factors and protein kinases) and functional genes, which guard the cells (e.g., enzymes for generating protective metabolites and proteins). In addition, numerous quantitative trait loci (QTLs) associated with elevated stress tolerance have been cloned, resulting in the detection of critical genes for stress tolerance. Together these networks can be used to enhance stress tolerance in pulses. This book summarizes recent advances in pulse research for increasing productivity, improving biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, and enhancing nutritional quality.


Pulses Year of Pulses Food and Agriculture Organization Crop Science Pulse breeders stress responsiveness Pulse Biotechnology biotic and abiotic stress tolerance Whole genome sequencing functional genomics

Editors and affiliations

  • Shabir Hussain Wani
    • 1
  • Mukesh Jain
    • 2
  1. 1.Mountain Research Centre for Field CropsKhudwani, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of KashmirSrinagarIndia
  2. 2.School of Computational & Integrative SciencesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

About the editors

Dr. Shabir Hussain Wani is a senior assistant professor at Mountain Research Centre for Field Crops, Sher-e-Kashmir University  of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, J&K, India. He received his B.Sc. in agriculture from BhimRao Agricultural University Agra, India, and M.Sc. in genetics and plant breeding from Central Agricultural University, Manipur, India, and Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics on “transgenic rice for abiotic stress tolerance” from the Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana, India. After obtaining his Ph.D. he worked as research associate in the Biotechnology Laboratory, Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (ICAR), Srinagar, India. He then joined the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Farm Science Centre) as program coordinator at Senapati, Manipur, India. He teaches courses related to plant breeding, seed science and technology, and stress breeding and has published more than 100 papers/chapters in journals and books of international and national repute. He served as guest editor and reviews editor for journal Frontier in Plant Science (2015-2018). He has also edited several books on current topics in crop improvement for abiotic stress tolerance published by Springer Nature and CRC Press USA. His Ph.D. research won first prize in the North Zone Competition, at national level, in India. He was awarded a Young Scientist Award from the Society for Promotion of Plant Sciences, Jaipur, India, in 2009. He is a fellow of the Society for Plant Research, India. Recently, he received Young Scientist Award (Agriculture) 2015 from Society for Plant Research, Meerut, India. He also served as visiting Scientist at Department of Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University, USA under the UGC Raman Post Doctoral Fellowship programme. He has attended several international and national conferences, presenting his research.

Dr. Mukesh Jain is an Associate Professor in the School of Computational & Integrative Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He received his PhD degree in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Delhi. He started his independent research career as Assistant Professor at the GGS Indraprastha University, New Delhi. Soon after, he joined as Staff Scientist at the National Institute of Plant Genome Research. Dr. Jain’s main research interests include understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying abiotic stress responses and seed development in crop plants via integrated genomics and systems biology approaches. Dr. Jain has done outstanding work in the area of Plant Genomics and Biotechnology. Through the years, he has made significant and innovative contributions in the area of plant functional and applied genomics highly relevant to crop improvement. Dr. Jain has published more than 90 research papers/reviews in leading international journals with high impact factor. For his scientific contributions, Dr. Jain has been honored with several awards. He is a Fellow of National Academy of Sciences India, Allahabad and National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi. He has been honored with National Bioscience Award, NASI-SCOPUS Young Scientist Award, Rajib Goyal Prize, Haryana Yuva Vigyan Ratan Award, Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award, and several young scientist awards from different national academies/agencies. Dr. Jain serves on the editorial board of many reputed international journals.

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