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Cotton Breeding and Biotechnology
Challenges and Opportunities

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ISBN 9780367562229
February 10, 2022 Forthcoming by CRC Press
336 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Cotton Breeding and Biotechnology presents information on one of the most economically important crops of the world, cotton. This book contains chapters on the history of cotton; breeding approaches; technologies for increasing germination, crop growth and yield; and fiber quality issues. It emphasizes sustainable development in the cotton industry analysing the progress of breeding technologies under environmental adversity. The book explores the national and global status of cotton crop, including cotton production, possible impacts of climate change, and the vulnerability of cotton to pest infestations and disease attacks.


  • Focuses on cotton breeding and biotechnology
  • Proposes ideas, data, and strategies to mount breeding programs for enhancing cotton production
  • Details strategies for cotton quality improvement against abiotic and biotic stresses
  • Emphasizes the revival of cotton in Pakistan and South Asian region


This book is useful to researchers, cotton breeders and growers, farmers, and the agriculture industry.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Role of Breeding and Biotechnology in Sustainable Cotton Production.

Zulqurnain Khan, Zulfiqar Ali, Asif Ali Khan

Chapter 2. Cotton Genetics and Genomics.

Muhammad Umar Iqbal, Sultan Habibullah Khan, Muhammad Salman Mubarik, Aftab Ahmad, Muhammad Sajjad, Hafiz Muhammad Imran

Chapter 3. Conventional Breeding in Cotton.

Farzana Asraf, Nadia Iqbal, Wajid Nazir, Zia Ullah Zia, Asif Ali Khan, Saghir Ahmed

Chapter 4. Cotton Breeding and Biotechnology: Challenges and Opportunities.

Zulqurnain Khan, Zulfiqar Ali, Asif Ali Khan

Chapter 5. Gene Mapping in Cotton.

Muhammad Abu Bakar Saddique, Zulfiqar Ali, Muhammad Ali Sher, Babar Farid, Furqan Ahmad, Sarmad Frogh Arshad

Chapter 6. Functional Genomics in Cotton.

Furqan Ahmad, Akash Fatima, Plosha Khanum, Shoaib ur Rehman, Abu Bakar Siddique, Mahmood Alam Khan, Zulqurnain Khan

Chapter 7. Cotton Transformation and Regeneration.

Ummara Waheed, Sadia Shabir, Fatima Mazhar, Mamoona Rehman, Hamza Ahmad Qureshi, Nadia Iqbal

Chapter 8. Breeding Cotton for Heat Tolerance.

Muhammad Kashif Riaz Khan, Zunaira Anwar, Aqsa Ijaz

Chapter 9. Breeding Cotton for Drought Tolerance.

M. Mahmood Ahmed, Muhammad Waseem Akram, Zulfiqar Ali

Chapter 10. Breeding Cotton for Salt Tolerance.

Zulfiqar Ali, Tehseen Azhar, M. Mahmood Ahmed, Umer Rao, Abid Hussain

Chapter 11. Breeding Cotton for CLCuV Resistance.

Judith K Brown, Zulqurnain Khan

Chapter 12. Breeding Cotton for Insects/Pests Resistance.

Hafiza Masooma Naseer Cheema, Asif Ali Khan, Muhammad Aakif Khan, Muhammad Ans Pervez, Muhammad Zubair Ghouri, Aftab Ahmad, Sultan Habibullah Khan

Chapter 13. Breeding Cotton for Herbicide Resistance.

Muhammad Zaffar Iqbal, Shahid Nazir

Chapter 14. Breeding Cotton for Fiber Traits.

Nadia Iqbal, Farzana Akbar, Ummara Waheed, Saghir Ahmad

Chapter 15. Breeding Cotton for Value Added Traits.

Sajid Majeed, Muhammad Salman Mubarik, Muhammad Umar Iqbal, Xiongming Du, Muhammad Tehseen Azhar

Chapter 16. Genetically Modified Cotton: Boom or Dust.

Iqrar Ahmad Rana, Allah Bakhsh, Shakhnozakhon Tillaboeva, Qandeel-e-Arsh, Shang Haihong, Irfan Ahmad Baig, Muhammad Tehseen Azhar

Chapter 17. Cotton Seed System.

Fawad Salman Shah, Muhammad Aslam Bhatti, Asif Ali Khan, Irfan Ahmad Baig, Muhammad Hammad Nadeem Tahir, Furqan Ahmad, Amir Bakhtavar

Chapter 18. Cotton Breeding Entrepreneurship:  Challenges and Opportunities.

Mubashir Mehdi, Muhammad Haseeb Raza, Muhammad Talha Azeem

Chapter 19. Breeding Cotton for International Trade.   

Khalid Abdullah, Zahid Khan


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Dr. Zulqurnain Khan is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology (IPBB), MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (MNSUAM), Pakistan. Dr. Khan earned his PhD in Biotechnology from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF), Pakistan during 2017. He is the first PhD candidate from Pakistan having his thesis on genome editing. He has been working in the field of genome editing since 2012. His research focuses on using genome editing tools (TALEs, TALENs, Cas9, dCas9 and multiplexed CRISPR/Cas9) for resistance against begomoviruses using model plants such as Arabidopsis and Nicotiana benthamiana. He is also using CRISPR/Cas9 technology for genetic improvement in cereal crops for abiotic and biotic stress resistance. He has published one book chapter, two review articles, and three research articles in international peer reviewed journals. Dr Khan received IRSIP fellowship from Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan during his PhD and worked as visiting researcher with Professor Caixia Gao at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China. Dr Khan has been engaged in teaching various courses in the field of biotechnology, breeding, molecular biology, genetics and genome editing since 2018. Dr. Khan has recently submitted a book as editor to Springer Nature entitled “CRISPR Crops: The Future of Food Security”. Professor Zulfiqar Ali is a Professor of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology and Director of Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) in MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (MNSUAM), Pakistan. Prof. Ali has completed his PhD from University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan and postdoctoral studies from Sydney University Plant Breeding Institute (2007-8) and Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences Nanjing (2009-11). He has published >80 books/chapters/research papers in highly popular journals like Plant Breeding, Nature’s Scientific Report, Rice, Field Crop Research, PLOS One, and has been serving as section editor of Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences. Prof. Ali has successfully completed various research projects. Currently, he is running six research projects won from national and international funding agencies including HEC, PARB, ADP, USAID, DFID, ACIAR etc. He has been granted with awards including Gold Medal 2017 in Biotechnology from Pakistan Academy of Sciences. For the last over 21 years, Prof. Ali has been engaged in the fields of plant biotechnology, breeding, genetics and molecular biology. His research focus is climate smart breeding using functional genomics tools. Professor Asif Ali Khan is the Vice Chancellor, MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (MNSUAM), Pakistan since 2016. He did two postdocs form UC-Davis, USA and Liverpool, UK. During his professional career, he has served at many key posts at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad such as; Director Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC), Director, Business Incubation Centre (BIC), Director, External Linkages. Prof. Khan has been teaching plant breeding and genetics for last 32 years. Prof. Khan has completed research projects funded from national and international agencies. Prof. Khan has published more than 140 articles in national and international impact factor journals. Prof. Khan has also edited and authored various books and book chapters. Prof. Khan received several fellowships and awards. Prof. Khan is a renowned geneticist and has completed more than ten research projects awarded from different national and international agencies. Over the past thirty-two years, Prof. Khan has been engaged in the field of genetics, evolution, functional genomics, plant biotechnology and plant breeding.