The Castor Bean Genome

  • Chittaranjan Kole
  • Pablo Rabinowicz

Part of the Compendium of Plant Genomes book series (CPG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Bhimasen Naik
    Pages 1-14
  3. Prathap Reddy Kallamadi, Mulpuri Sujatha
    Pages 15-32
  4. C. Lavanya, A. Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Bhramar Dutta, Rajib Bandopadhyay
    Pages 33-65
  5. Grace Q. Chen, Kumiko Johnson, Eva Morale
    Pages 67-75
  6. Xuegui Yin, Jiannong Lu, Rukam Singh Tomar, Rajinder Singh Chauhan, Kwadwo Gyapong Agyenim-Boateng
    Pages 77-104
  7. Archit Sood, Rajinder Singh Chauhan
    Pages 105-113
  8. Agnes P. Chan
    Pages 115-133
  9. Meilian Tan, Lei Wang, Xingchu Yan
    Pages 175-180
  10. Wei Xu, Aizhong Liu
    Pages 181-195
  11. Federico García Maroto, Diego López Alonso
    Pages 197-213
  12. Paulo R. Ribeiro, Gisele A. B. Canuto, Valdinei C. Brito, Danilo L. J. Batista, Cristiane D. de Brito, Marta B. Loureiro et al.
    Pages 237-253

About this book


This book addresses various aspects of the current castor bean research, including genetics, biotechnology, comparative genomics, and more specific topics such as oil metabolism and the ricin toxin. It also presents the whole genome sequencing of the castor bean and its impact on the mining of gene families and future plant breeding.
Castor bean (Ricinus communis), an oilseed plant, belongs to the Euphorbiaceae (spurge) family. It is a tropical and subtropical crop valued for the high quality and uniform nature of its oil, which is mostly composed of the uncommon fatty acid ricinoleate. Castor bean oil has important industrial applications for the production of lubricants, cosmetics, medicines, and specialty chemicals, and castor bean has also been proposed as a biodiesel crop that does not pose concerns regarding the “food versus fuel” debate. However, it accumulates the type 2 ribosome-inactivating protein ricin in its seeds, and health concerns posed by ricin’s high toxicity have prevented broader cultivation. Recently, there has been renewed interest in castor bean due to potential biosecurity issues.


whole genome sequencing Oil Biosynthesis Castor bean biotechnology ricin toxin genetic engineering in castor bean Ricinus communis comparative genomics in castor bean

Editors and affiliations

  • Chittaranjan Kole
    • 1
  • Pablo Rabinowicz
    • 2
  1. 1.Raja Ramanna Fellow, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of IndiaICAR-National Research Center on Plant BiotechnologyNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.RockvilleUSA

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