Applications of Genetic Engineering to Crop Improvement

  • Glenn B. Collins
  • Joseph G. Petolino

Part of the Advances in Agricultural Biotechnology book series (AABI, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Nitrogen Fixation

    1. G. R. Smith, W. E. Knight
      Pages 1-23
    2. M. R. Davey, G. W. O’hara
      Pages 25-52
    3. K. Dale Noel
      Pages 53-85
  3. Photosynthesis

    1. R. I. Buzzell, B. R. Buttery
      Pages 87-112
    2. Michael E. Horn, Jack M. Widholm
      Pages 113-161
    3. S. G. Bartlett
      Pages 163-188
  4. Seed Quality

    1. W. D. Beversdorf, D. J. Hume
      Pages 189-209
  5. Stress Tolerance

    1. Richard A. Jones, Calvin O. Qualset
      Pages 305-340
    2. J. F. Petolino, G. B. Collins
      Pages 341-390
    3. Joseph P. Mascarenhas
      Pages 391-425
  6. Disease Resistance

    1. P. S. Baenziger, J. H. Elgin Jr., J. R. Stavely, J. R. Tomerlin
      Pages 427-452
    2. F. A. Hammerschlag
      Pages 453-490
  7. Secondary Products

    1. Y. Yamada, T. Hashimoto
      Pages 561-604

About this book


The contributions of plant genetics to the production of higher yielding crops of superior quality are well documented. These successes have been realized through the application of plant breeding techniques to a diverse array of genetically controlled traits. Such highly effective breeding procedures will continue to be the primary method employed for the development of new crop cultivars; however, new techniques in cell and molecular biology will provide additional approaches for genetic modification. There has been considerable speculation recently concerning the potential impact of new techniques in cell and molecular biology on plant improvement. These genetic engineering techniques should offer unique opportunities to alter the genetic makeup of crops if applied to existing breeding procedures. Many questions must be answered in order to identify specific applications of these new technologies. This search for applications will require input from plant scientists working on various aspects of crop improvement. This volume is intended to assess the interrelationships between conventional plant breeding and genetic engineering.


Chloroplast Seed genetic engineering molecular mechanisms nitrogen photosynthesis quality

Editors and affiliations

  • Glenn B. Collins
    • 1
  • Joseph G. Petolino
    • 2
  1. 1.University of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.United AgriSeeds IncChampaignUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-6209-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-6207-1
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