Recent Advances in Plant Biotechnology

  • Ara Kirakosyan
  • Peter B. Kaufman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Plant Biotechnology from Inception to the Present

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ara Kirakosyan, Peter B. Kaufman, Leland J. Cseke
      Pages 3-13
    3. Ara Kirakosyan, Leland J. Cseke, Peter B. Kaufman
      Pages 15-33
    4. Rainer Fischer, Stefan Schillberg, Richard M. Twyman
      Pages 35-63
    5. Matias D. Zurbriggen, Néstor Carrillo, Mohammad-Reza Hajirezaei
      Pages 65-88
  3. Applications of Plant Biotechnology in Agriculture and Industry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Ara Kirakosyan, Peter B. Kaufman, Leland J. Cseke
      Pages 107-117
    3. Jerry S. Succuro, Steven S. McDonald, Casey R. Lu
      Pages 119-135
    4. Beatriz Ramos Solano, Jorge Barriuso Maicas, Javier Gutierrez Mañero
      Pages 137-162
    5. Leland J. Cseke, Gopi K. Podila, Ara Kirakosyan, Peter B. Kaufman
      Pages 163-210
  4. Use of Plant Secondary Metabolites in Medicine and Nutrition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. John Boik, Ara Kirakosyan, Peter B. Kaufman, E. Mitchell Seymour, Kevin Spelman
      Pages 213-230
    3. Maureen McKenzie, Carl Li, Peter B. Kaufman, E. Mitchell Seymour, Ara Kirakosyan
      Pages 231-287
  5. Risks and Benefits Associated with Plant Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Peter B. Kaufman, Soo Chul Chang, Ara Kirakosyan
      Pages 333-346
    3. Peter B. Kaufman, Maureen McKenzie, Ara Kirakosyan
      Pages 347-361
    4. Maureen McKenzie, Ara Kirakosyan, Peter B. Kaufman
      Pages 363-387
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 405-409

About this book


For this volume, we have brought together a group of contributors who address the most recent advances in plant biotechnology and what they mean for human progress and a more sustainable future.

Plant biotechnology, which is gaining in importance, applies in three major areas: the control of plant growth and development, the protection of plants against environmental and biotic stresses, and the expansion of ways by which specialty foods, biochemicals and pharmaceuticals are produced. Our lives are being affected in many ways, particularly in connection with sustainable food production and distribution systems, genetically modified organisms, integrative medicine strategies to treat human diseases, bioremediation of toxic waste sites, alternative energy production systems that utilize bioenergy sources, and both risks and benefits that fall within the rubric of plant biotechnology.

The topics covered in Recent Advances in Plant Biotechnology will be a valuable resource to plant biotechnologists, plant biologists, biochemists, molecular biologists, pharmacologists, and pharmacists; agronomists, plant breeders, and geneticists; ethnobotanists, ecologists, and conservationists; medical practitioners and nutritionists; research investigators in industry, federal laboratories, and universities; and students and teachers in the biological and biomedical sciences.

Instructors and students will find particular interest in the provided content on plant functional genomics, gene and metabolic engineering, and molecular farming, as well as in the multiple examples of the transition from fundamental science to technological applications.


agriculture alternative energy bioremediation biotechnology genetically modified plants herbal medicine herbal products metabolism plant biotechnology roots transgenic plants

Authors and affiliations

  • Ara Kirakosyan
    • 1
  • Peter B. Kaufman
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MichiganAnn ArborU.S.A.
  2. 2.University of MichiganAnn ArborU.S.A.

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