Plant Biotechnology: The genetic manipulation of plants

Paperback | April 7, 2008

byAdrian Slater, Nigel Scott, Mark Fowler

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Throughout history, humankind has pursued means to improve the yield of crop plants through selective plant breeding and hybridization. Today, genetic manipulation provides a powerful tool for directing plant breeding. But how is genetic manipulation implemented? What benefits can it offer?And what are the broader issues surrounding the use of this technology? The second edition of Plant Biotechnology: the genetic manipulation of plants presents a balanced, objective exploration of the technology behind genetic manipulation, and the application of this technology to the growth and cultivation of plants. The book describes the techniques underpinninggenetic manipulation in a clear, lucid manner, and makes extensive use of case studies to illustrate how this influential tool is used in practice.Key themes and strategies are developed using appropriate case studies, which place the science behind plant biotechnology in its broader agricultural context. Online Resource Centre:The Online Resource Centre features the following materials:For lecturers: * Figures from the book, available to downloadFor students: * Hyperlinks to the primary literature articles cited in the book to facilitate access to original research papers * Case studies * News updates - surveys of significant developments in the field help maintain the currency of the resource* Web links library

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Throughout history, humankind has pursued means to improve the yield of crop plants through selective plant breeding and hybridization. Today, genetic manipulation provides a powerful tool for directing plant breeding. But how is genetic manipulation implemented? What benefits can it offer?And what are the broader issues surrounding th...

Adrian Slater is the Deputy Director of the Norman Borlaug Institute for Plant Science Research at De Montfort University, UK Nigel Scott is a principal lecturer in plant molecular biology in the Norman Borlaug Institute for Plant Science Research at De Montfort University, UK Mark Fowler is a senior lecturer in plant molecular b...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.71 inPublished:April 7, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199282617

ISBN - 13:9780199282616

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Table of Contents

1. The organisation and expression of plant genes2. Plant tissue culture3. Techniques for plant transformation4. Vectors for plant transformation5. The genetic manipulation of herbicide tolerance6. The genetic manipulation of pest resistance7. Plant disease resistance8. Reducing the effects of viral diseases9. Strategies for stress tolerance10. The improvement of crop yield and quality11. Molecular farming/'pharming'12. Science and society: the public acceptance of GM crops13. Beyond GM crops

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`Review from previous edition: Quite simply this is a superb book and a valuable resource for all those with an interest in the genetic modification of plants, either as students of the science or potential consumers of the produce. In short a great book, well worth the money.'Microbiology Today, Vol. 31, February 2004, p45.