Biotechnology for Solving Agricultural Problems

  • Patricia C. Augustine
  • Harry D. Danforth
  • Murray R. Bakst

Part of the Beltsville Symposia in Agricultural Research book series (BSAR, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Patricia C. Augustine, Harry D. Danforth, Murray R. Bakst
      Pages 1-6
  3. An overview of biotechnology

  4. Genetic modifications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Lila O. Vodkin, Patsy R. Rhodes, Joel M. Chandlee, Roy W. Harding
      Pages 99-113
    3. R. J. Griesbach
      Pages 115-119
    4. Jon Gordon
      Pages 135-146
    5. Jacques Mugnier, Paul W. Ready, Gerard E. Riedel
      Pages 147-153
  5. Nutrition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Flora de Pablo, Lluis Bassas, Jesse Roth
      Pages 169-181
    3. Robert J. Cousins
      Pages 207-219
  6. Health and diseases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Chris J. Lamb, John N. Bell, Carole C. Cramer, Sandra L. Dildine, Claude Grand, Susan A. Hedrick et al.
      Pages 237-251
    3. Bruce C. Carlton, José M. González Jr.
      Pages 253-272
    4. Joan K. Lunney
      Pages 285-297
    5. E. Viñuela, R. Blasco, M. Agüero, B. García Barreno, L. Enjuanes
      Pages 299-306
    6. Karel Newman Jr., Richard Isaacson, Jean Petre
      Pages 307-315
    7. Bernard Moss
      Pages 317-323
    8. James B. Courtright, A. Krishna Kumaran
      Pages 325-336
  7. Natural resources management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. Jeffrey S. Karns, Walter W. Mulbry, Philip C. Kearney
      Pages 339-354
    3. Paul H. Tomasek, Betsy Frantz, D. K. Chatterjee, A. M. Chakrabarty
      Pages 355-368
    4. H. D. Danforth, R. L. Roblin
      Pages 385-396
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 407-416

About this book


The Annual Beltsville Symposium provides a forum for interaction among scientists involved in research that has vital impact on agriculture and on the agricultural sciences. The 10th Symposium in the series, Biotechnology for Solving Agricultural Problems, focuses on the use of a revolutionary new set of tools, biotechnology, and attempts to define the set in terms of its applications in agriculture. Biotechnology has already contributed to the genetic improvement of agricultural products. Procedures that were impossible to test or to implement in the past because of technological limitations are now routinely used by many scientists. Four areas that have benefitted from advances in biotechnology are covered in the symposium proceedings. These areas include genetic manipulation, nutrition, health and disease, and natural resource management. The 31 invited speakers have identified programs of basic and applied research on plants, animals, and insects that fall within these broad areas. Their research strategies included such techniques as germline modification, gene mapping, monoclonal antibody production, and gene transposition. These strategies have tapped new well springs of information and technologies ranging from the regulation of gene expression (and with it, the regulation of development, growth, disease resistance, and nutrient metabolism) to degradation of pesticides and toxic wastes. The applications of biotechnology to agricultural research have opened virgin vistas with enormous potential. The new biotechnological techniques and those that will evolve with their use will contribute markedly to the capacity of the agricultural sciences to advance the well-being of the human race.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Patricia C. Augustine
  • Harry D. Danforth
    • 1
  • Murray R. Bakst
  1. 1.Animal Parasitology Institute Protozoan Diseases LaboratoryUSDA Agricultural Research ServiceBeltsvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8455-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4396-4
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