© 2010


Biotechnological Advances

  • Usha B. Zehr
  • Highlights the advances in cotton biotechnology, the benefits and socioeconomic impacts


Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 65)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. B. M. Khadi, V. Santhy, M. S. Yadav
    Pages 1-14
  3. B. M. Khadi, V. Santhy, M. S. Yadav
    Pages 15-44
  4. A. H. Paterson
    Pages 45-63
  5. D. R. Duncan
    Pages 65-77
  6. J. P. Purcell, J. T. Greenplate, R. G. Cantrell, W. V. Hugie, F. J. Perlak, R. T. Fraley
    Pages 79-94
  7. S. Parimi, B. R. Char, R. K. Goravale, C. B. Chaporkar
    Pages 95-111
  8. G. Head, T. Dennehy
    Pages 113-125
  9. X. X. Shangguan, N. Yu, L. J. Wang, X. Y. Chen
    Pages 161-175
  10. C. James, B. Choudhary
    Pages 177-196
  11. M. Qaim, A. Subramanian, P. Sadashivappa
    Pages 221-240
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 241-245

About this book


The food, feed, ?ber, and fuel needs of the changing world pose the challenge of doubling or tripling of world food, feed, and ?ber production by the year 2050 to meet the needs of a 11 billion global population. In addition, the dramatic changes in food prices in the recent years further warrant that production and productivity need to be enhanced to ensure adequate supplies. Biotechnology can make a signi?cant contribution to this effort as demonstrated by cotton and other crops; the new advances in biotechnology have made it possible to develop plants that contain genes that were not possible to be developed by sexual means. Cotton has been a leader in the use of biotechnology. With the introduction of Bt cotton, followed by stacked cotton products (insect and herbicide tolerance) and extensive use of molecular breeding tools, cotton cultivation has been much improved. The contributions in this book illustrate the scienti?c advances that are going on in cotton and the impact they continue to deliver for all cotton growers. Twelve percent of the global cotton area is now under biotech products at 15. 5 million ha. The primary bene?ts from using genetically engineered cotton include reduced insecticide use, lower production costs, improved yields, lower farming risks, and increased opportunities to grow cotton in areas of severe pest infestation.


Bt cotton biotechnology cotton cotton biotechnology cotton genomics genetically modified plants plant breeding transgen

Editors and affiliations

  • Usha B. Zehr
    • 1
  1. 1.Mahyco Research CenterDawalwadiIndia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cotton
  • Book Subtitle Biotechnological Advances
  • Editors Usha Barwale Zehr
  • Series Title Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry
  • Series Abbreviated Title Biotechnology Agriculture
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-04795-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-26226-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-04796-1
  • Series ISSN 0934-943X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 245
  • Number of Illustrations 17 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Plant Breeding/Biotechnology
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From the reviews:

“The well-chosen panel of internationally renowned authors give us chapters on cotton’s history, breeding systems, genomics, transformation, breeding for fibre and yield enhancement, nematode resistance, the use of single and multiple action abiotic stress genes from antioxidants to ubiquitins and explanations of DNA markers, QTL mapping, genome wide introgression, etc, with excellent and up-to-date references. … This is a readable and thorough guide for those who wish to understand the history, development and future prospects for advanced breeding in cotton globally … .” (Derek Russell, Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 47 (2), 2011)