1st Edition

Agricultural Biotechnology, Biodiversity and Bioresources Conservation and Utilization

    490 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    490 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book covers a range of important topics on crop and animal genetics, breeding and genomics, as well as biodiversity and genetic resources conservation and utilization reflecting three thematic sections of working groups of the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria. The topics range from agricultural biotechnology, including genetically modified organisms and gene-editing for agronomically important traits in tropical crops, to Nigeria’s mega biodiversity and genetic resources conservation. This book will engender a deeper understanding of underpinning mechanisms, technologies, processes and science–policy nexus that has placed Nigeria as a leader in biotechnology in Africa. The book will be useful reference material for scientists and researchers working in the fields of food and agricultural biotechnology, bioinformatics, plant and animal genetics, breeding and genomics, genetic resources conservation and enhancement.

    • Emphasizes recent advances in biotechnologies that could ameliorate the high-level global food and nutrition insecurity through plant and animal genetics, breeding, as well as genomics
    • Provides detailed information towards harnessing indigenous bioresources for food and nutrition security and climate change adaptation
    • Introduces new frontiers in the area of genomics, most especially their relevant applications in crop and animal breeding
    • Reviews biotechniques that could enhance plant genetic resources conservation and utilization
    • Discusses current biotechnological approaches to exploit genetic resources including the development of synthetic hexaploid wheat (SHW) for crop adaptation to the increasingly changing global climate

    PART 1 Crop Genetics, Breeding & Genomics Working Group

    Handling Editor: Olawole Obembe

    Chapter 1 Biotechnology as a Tool for Agricultural Revolution in Developing Nations: Current Status and Bottlenecks in Nigeria

    S. T. Akinyosoye and J. A. Adetumbi

    Chapter 2 Advances on Engineering Cassava for Food and Nutrition Sec in the 21st Century

    N. R. Okereke, I. C. Okwuonu, J. T. Onyeka, A. R. Popoola,

    and C. N. Egesi

    Chapter 3 Current and Future Advances in Genomics-Assisted Cassava Breeding
    S. P. Abah, L. Ezenwaka, D. Njoku, I. C. Okwuonu,

    T. J. Onyeka, and C. N. Egesi

    Chapter 4 Genome Engineering: A New Frontier for Improving Root and Tuber Crops

    I. C. Okwuonu, J. E. Obidiegwu, T. J. Onyeka,

    and C. N. Egesi

    Chapter 5 Development and Commercialization of Bt-Cowpea in Nigeria: Implication for National Development

    M. L. Umar, S. B. Mohammed, M. F. Ishiyaku, P. C. Addae,

    A. I. Kollo, O. F. Nwankwo, R. S. Adamu, I. M. Utono, and

    O. Bolarinwa

    Chapter 6 Progress in the Development of Biofortified Sorghum in Nigeria: Implications for Food and Nutrition Security

    M. Y. Yeye, D. A. Aba, A. J. Kwanashe, F. Wambugu, A. Aseta,

    S. Obukosa, M. C. Albertsen, and Z. Y. Zhao

    Chapter 7 Strategies for the Production of Disease-Free Yam Planting Materials: Implications for Improved Yam Production in Nigeria

    Edak Aniedi Uyoh, Valentine Otang Ntui, and Effiom Eyo Ita

    Chapter 8 Engineering Pests and Disease Resistance in Crops: From RNA Interference to RNA Editing

    Abubakar Yakubu Saddeeq, Abdulrazak B. Ibrahim, and

    Joshua Ehis Imonmion

    Chapter 9 Engineering Crops for Resistance to Pests and Diseases: Necessity for Crop Improvement through Accurate Genomic Resources and Phenotyping

    O. Kolade, I. O. Daniel, and D. O. Igwe

    Chapter 10 Molecular Diagnostics for Plant Viruses towards Enhanced Delivery of Disease-Free Planting Materials and Germplasm Exchange

    O. A. Kolade, A. R. Popoola, D. O. Igwe, and A. Adediji

    Chapter 11 Recent Advances in Molecular Techniques for the Enhancement of Crop Production

    Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji, Olugbemi Tope Olaniyan,

    Kingsley Eghonghon Ukhurebor, Benjamin Ewa Ubi,

    Julius Kola Oloke, Wadzani Palnam Dauda, and

    Daniel Ingo Hefft

    PART 2 Animal Genetics, Breeding & Genomics

    Handling Editors: Emmanuel Olufemi Ekundayo and

    Benjamin Ewa Ubi

    Chapter 12 Genetic Intervention in Sustainable Livestock Production

    Cyril Otoikhian, Hannah Etta, Solomon Olorunleke, and

    Ekei Ikpeme

    Chapter 13 Development of Improved Indigenous Chickens (FUNAAB Alpha) for Smallholder Poultry Production in Nigeria

    Olufunmilayo A. Adebambo, S. O. Peters, A. O. Adebambo,

    M. A. Adeleke, M. Y. Wheto, Kehinde, O. O., and Jessie E. Udoh

    Chapter 14 Biotechnology Applications in Livestock Production

    Olufunmilayo A. Adebambo, Victor E. Olori, Sunday O. Peters,

    Ayotunde O. Adebambo, and Mathew Wheto

    Chapter 15 Enabling Environment for Uptake of Biotechnological Innovations for Livestock Production in Africa

    Victor E. Olori

    Chapter 16 Biothermoimaging Tools for Management of Climate Smart and Precision Livestock-Assisted Reproduction

    Mustapha Ayodele Popoola, Suleiman Elias Bogoro, and

    Jean Magloire Feugang

    PART 3 Genetic Resources Conservation and Enhancement

    Handling Editor: Benjamin Ewa Ubi

    Chapter 17 Securing the Genetic Base of Indigenous Food Plants: Their Role in Promoting Sustainable Food Systems

    Andrew Chibuzor Iloh, George Ude, and Christie Onyia

    Chapter 18 Biotechnology-Aided Sustainable Use of Nigeria’s Biodiversity for Improved Nutrition and Health

    Pamela Akin-Idowu, Lovina Iyandu Udoh, and

    Dorcas Olubunmi Ibitoye

    Chapter 19 Utilizing Plant Genetic Resources to Develop Climate Resilient Crops

    C. Mba and F. C. Ogbonnaya

    Chapter 20 Biodiversity and Genetic Resources Conservation in Nigeria

    George Nkem Ude, David Okeh Igwe, Christie Oby Onyia,

    and Chosen Ekene Obih

    Chapter 21 Biotechnological Approaches for Genetic Resources Conservation and Use

    S. E. Aladele, G. Afolayan, Z. O. Jamaleddine, O. T. Oduoye,

    O. A. Bolatito, A. O. Afolayan, I. O. Daniel, A. A. Olosunde,

    M. R. Olubiyi, A. U. Okere, and B. E. Ubi


    Olawole Obembe, Ph.D. is Professor of Plant Biotechnology & UNESCO Chair, Plant Biotechnology, Covenant University Ota, Nigeria

    Emmanuel Olufemi Ekundayo, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology and Microbial Genetics, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria

    Arinze Stanley Okoli, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Genoek - Centre for Biosafety, Universitetet II, Breivika, Tromsoe, Norway

    Abubakar Gidado, Ph.D. is a Professor of Biochemistry and Director North-East Zonal Biotechnology Centre of Excellence at University of Maiduguri, Nigeria

    Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology, & Director of intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, Edo State University Uzairue, Nigeria

    Abdulrazak Ibrahim, Ph.D. is a Capacity Development Expert at the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), and Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

    Benjamin Ewa Ubi, Ph.D. is Professor of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology & Director, Biotechnology Research and Development Centre, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria