Biotechnologies of Crop Improvement, Volume 2

Transgenic Approaches

  • Satbir Singh Gosal
  • Shabir Hussain Wani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Satbir Singh Gosal, Shabir Hussain Wani
    Pages 1-23
  3. B. Mamta, Manchikatla V. Rajam
    Pages 41-65
  4. Pradeep Kumar Jain, Ramcharan Bhattacharya, Deshika Kohli, Raghavendra Aminedi, Pawan Kumar Agrawal
    Pages 67-112
  5. Ajay Kumar Singh, Mahesh Kumar, Deepika Choudhary, Lalitkumar Aher, Jagadish Rane, Narendra Pratap Singh
    Pages 113-127
  6. Saikat Paul, Aryadeep Roychoudhury
    Pages 141-181
  7. K. K. Kumar, E. Kokiladevi, L. Arul, S. Varanavasiappan, D. Sudhakar
    Pages 183-206
  8. Gauri Nerkar, Avinash Thorat, Suman Sheelavantmath, Harinath Babu Kassa, Rachayya Devarumath
    Pages 207-226
  9. Meenal Rathore, Alok Das, Neetu S. Kushwah, Narendra Pratap Singh
    Pages 227-247
  10. Sweta Dosad, H. S. Chawla
    Pages 249-286
  11. Joydeep Banerjee, Saikat Gantait, Sutanu Sarkar, Prabir Kumar Bhattacharyya
    Pages 287-334
  12. Shuchishweta Vinay Kendurkar, Mamatha Rangaswamy
    Pages 335-366
  13. Donald James, Bhabesh Borphukan, Dhirendra Fartyal, V. M. M. Achary, M. K. Reddy
    Pages 367-416
  14. Sameh Soliman, Ali El-Keblawy, Kareem A. Mosa, Mohamed Helmy, Shabir Hussain Wani
    Pages 417-450
  15. Tejinder Mall, Lei Han, Laura Tagliani, Cory Christensen
    Pages 451-485

About this book


During the past 15 years, cellular and molecular approaches have emerged as valuable adjuncts to supplement and complement conventional breeding methods for a wide variety of crop plants. Biotechnology increasingly plays a role in the creation, conservation, characterization and utilization of genetic variability for germplasm enhancement. For instance, anther/microspore culture, somaclonal variation, embryo culture and somatic hybridization are being exploited for obtaining incremental improvement in the existing cultivars. In addition, genes that confer insect- and disease-resistance, abiotic stress tolerance, herbicide tolerance and quality traits have been isolated and re-introduced into otherwise sensitive or susceptible species by a variety of transgenic techniques.  Together these transformative methodologies grant access to a greater repertoire of genetic diversity as the gene(s) may come from viruses, bacteria, fungi, insects, animals, human beings, unrelated plants or even be artificially derived.  Remarkable achievements have been made in the production, characterization, field evaluation and commercialization of transgenic crop varieties worldwide. Likewise, significant advances have been made towards increasing crop yields, improving nutritional quality, enabling crops to be raised under adverse conditions and developing resistance to pests and diseases for sustaining global food and nutritional security.  The overarching purpose of this 3-volume work is to summarize the history of crop improvement from a technological perspective but to do so with a forward outlook on further advancement and adaptability to a changing world.  Our carefully chosen “case studies of important plant crops” intend to serve a diverse spectrum of audience looking for the right tools to tackle complicated local and global issues.


crop improvement biotechnology abiotic stress biotic stress molecular breeding food security

Editors and affiliations

  • Satbir Singh Gosal
    • 1
  • Shabir Hussain Wani
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Agricultural BiotechnologyPunjab Agricultural UniversityLudhianaIndia
  2. 2.Mountain Research Centre for Field Crops, KhudwaniSher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of KashmirSrinagarIndia

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