Banana: Genomics And Transgenic Approaches For Genetic Improvement by Sukhada MohandasBanana: Genomics And Transgenic Approaches For Genetic Improvement by Sukhada Mohandas

Banana: Genomics And Transgenic Approaches For Genetic Improvement

bySukhada MohandasEditorKundapura V. Ravishankar

Hardcover | October 25, 2016

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Bananas and plantains are among the most important food and cash crops in the world. They are cultivated in more than 135 countries, across the tropics and subtropics, with an annual global production of ca. 130 million metric tonnes. Though bananas are one of the most important components of food security in many developing countries, banana production is threatened by both abiotic and biotic stresses. These include a wide range of diseases and pests, such as bunchy top virus, burrowing nematodes, black Sigatoka or black leaf streak, Fusarium wilt, etc. 
In recent years, considerable progress has been made and several biotechnological and genomic tools have been employed to help understand and unravel the mysterious banana genome. Molecular and genomic studies have helped to decipher the Musa genome and its evolution. Genetic linkage map and whole genome sequencing of both Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana (progenitors of cultivated banana) have completely changed the way of thinking and the approach on banana crop improvement.  Whole-genome sequencing has helped to improve the selection of quantitative traits such as yield, as well as the selection of optimal parents for developing required hybrids in breeding programs. Gene isolation and the analysis of mutants have helped in the characterization of genes of agronomic value and the associated regulatory sequences. With the advent of molecular markers and new statistical tools, it is now possible to measure the diversity, identify genes and useful alleles linked to important agronomic traits. Further these alleles can be incorporated into cultivars through marker assisted selection or through transgenic approach.  Transgenic approaches are potential tools for direct transfer of these genes into popular cultivars, which are generally not amenable for conventional breeding techniques, in specific with crops such as bananas which are sterile, triploid and heterozygous thereby making it difficult to reconstruct the recurrent genotypes in banana. Transgenic techniques thus have helped overcome the difficulty of working with sterile, triploid banana crop. In the last five years, enormous amount of new information and techniques have been generated for banana. A comprehensive book entitled "Banana: Genomics and Transgenic Approaches for Genetic improvement" on banana genomics, latest transgenic technologies and tools available for improved crop development in banana will address all these requirements.   

Dr. Sukhada Mohandas is currently the Director of company SM Plant Production Technologies Pvt Ltd. in Bangalore involved in development of planting material of banana and other horticultural crop cultivars. She  retired from  Agriculture Research Service of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research  in 2013 after serving in Indian I...
Title:Banana: Genomics And Transgenic Approaches For Genetic ImprovementFormat:HardcoverDimensions:346 pages, 25.4 × 17.8 × 0.03 inPublished:October 25, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:981101583X

ISBN - 13:9789811015830

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Table of Contents

I. Genomics
   1.  History, Origin, Domestication and Evolution
   2.  Banana  Breeding
   3.  Genes and markers: Application in banana crop improvement
   4.  Current status of Banana genome in the age of Next Generation Sequencing
   5.  Genomics of Biotic stress tolerance in Banana
   6.  Abiotic stress tolerance research  using-omics approaches
   7.  Molecular analysis of fruit ripening in Banana
   8.  Metabolite profiling in banana

II.  Genetic engineering

   9.  Novel  Gene Transfer Technologies
  10.  Somatic Embryogenesis as a tool in genetic transformation
  11.  Promoters analysis
  12.  Enhancing Abiotic Stress Tolerance
  13.  Transgenic Technologies for Bacterial Wilt Resistance
  14.  Engineering  Resistance to Fusarium wilt
  15.  Transgenic Resistance to Sigatoka
  16.  Engineering Resistance to Viruses
  17.  Improvement of  pest (nematode and weevil) resistance throughtransgenic approaches. 
  18.  Molecular farming : Prospects and limitation
  19.  Pro-vitamin A enrichment for Tackling Malnutrition
  20.  Biofortification for Alleviating Iron Deficiency Anemia