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Omics Technologies and Crop Improvement

1st Edition

Edited by Noureddine Benkeblia

CRC Press

392 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781466586680
pub: 2014-10-14

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Increased world population, decreased water supply, and climate change all put stresses on the global food supply. An exploration of the challenges and possible solutions to improve yields of the main crops, such as cereals, roots, tubers, and grasses, Omics Technologies and Crop Improvement reviews data on food sciences and omics. The book covers modern omic technologies such as nutrigenomics and metagenomics. It provides a detailed examination of how omics can help crop science and horticulture and introduces the benefits of using these technologies to increase crop yields and other features such as resistance and nutritional values.

The book highlights crop improvements such as increased yield, drought resistance, disease resistance, and value-added performance through a non-transgenic format. It explores how the different omics technologies, especially the most recent ones (proteomics, metabolomics, nutrigenomics, ionomics, and metagenomics) would be used to improve the quantitative and qualitative features of crop plants. Topics covered include:

  • Advances in omics for improved fresh crops
  • Transcriptome analyses on the drought response using drought tolerant near isogenic lines
  • Metabolite profiling that reveals different effects of nitrogen amendments on vegetables
  • Omics technology application to forage crops improvement
  • Secondary metabolites and plant tissue culture
  • RNAi technology and crop improvement
  • Gene expression analysis methods with NGS data
  • Web database resources and crops improvement
  • Gene Expression Networks (GEN) in crops
  • Specific crop improvement (papaya, wheat, coffee, potato, and more)

With contributions from pioneering researchers from twelve countries, the book presents a broad view of how omics would help crop science and horticulture meet the challenges of a shrinking global food supply for a burgeoning global population.

Table of Contents




Omics Databases and Gene Expression Networks in Plant Sciences

Masaaki Kobayashi, Hajime Ohyanagi, and Kentaro Yano

Foodomics Strategies for the Analysis of Genetically Modified Crops

Alberto Valdés, Alejandro Cifuentes, and Virginia García-Cañas

Genomics in Hardwood Tree Improvement: Applications of a Growing Resource

Lisa W. Alexander and Shaneka S. Lawson

MicroRNA Omics Approaches to Investigate Abiotic and Biotic Stress Responses in Plants

Shiv S. Verma, Swati Megha, Muhammad H. Rahman, Nat N. V. Kav, and Urmila Basu

Genome-Wide View of the Expression Profiles of NAC-Domain Genes in Response to Infection by Rice Viruses

Shoshi Kikuchi

Plant Molecular Breeding: Perspectives from Plant Biotechnology and Marker-Assisted Selection

Ashwani Kumar, Manorma Sharma, Saikat Kumar Basu, Muhammad Asif, Xian Ping Li, and Xiuhua Chen

A Comprehensive Forage Development Model for Advancing the Agricultural and Rural Economy of Pakistan through Integration of Agronomic and Omics Approaches

Mukhtar Ahmed, Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Kausar Nawaz Shah, Arvind H. Hirani, Muhammad Sajad, Fayyaz-ul-Hassan, and Saikat Kumar Basu

New Approaches for Detection of Unique Qualities of Small Fruits

Teodora Dzhambazova, Ilian Badjakov, Ivayla Dincheva, Maria Georgieva, Ivan Tsvetkov, Atanas Pavlov, Andrey Marchev, Kiril Mihalev, Galin Ivanov, Violeta Kondakova, Rossitza Batchvarova, and Atanas Atanassov

Marker-Assisted Selection in Coffee

Sarada Krishnan

Advances in Papaya Genomics

Savarni Tripathi, Luz Castro, Gustavo Fermin, and Paula Tennant

Advances in Omics for Improved Onion and Potato Quality

Noureddine Benkeblia

Omics-Based Approaches for Improvement of the Common Bean

Sajad Majeed Zargar, Chumki Bhattacharjee, Rashmi Rai, Muslima Nazir, Yoichiro Fukao, Ganesh Kumar Agrawal, and Randeep Rakwal

Genomics, Transcriptomics, and Molecular Breeding for Improving Cereals

Arvind H. Hirani, Muhammad Asif, Manorma Sharma, Saikat K. Basu, Muhammad Iqbal, and Muhammad Sajad

Next-Generation Sequencing: Principle and Applications to Crops

Pradeep K. Jain, Pooja Choudhary Taxak, Prasanta K. Dash, Kishor Gaikwad, Rekha Kansal, and Vijay K. Gupta

Linking Plant Amino Acids with Energy and Stress: A Systems Biology Perspective

Jedrzej Szymanski and Gad Galili


About the Editor


Noureddine Benkeblia

Mona Campus, Kingston, St Andrew, Jamaica

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Noureddine Benkeblia is a professor of crop science involved in food science, focusing on food-plants biochemistry and physiology. His work is mainly devoted to pre- and postharvest metabolism in crops. A few years ago, he introduced a new concept in systems biology—metabolomics—to investigate the mechanisms of biosynthesis and accumulation of fructans in liliaceous plants. Professor Benkeblia received his BSc, MPhil, and Doctor in Food Sciences from the Institut National Agronomique (Algeria) and Doctor in Agriculture (PhD) from Kagoshima University (Japan). After a few years teaching in Algeria, he joined the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Avignon, France, as a postdoctoral scientist from 2000. From 2002 to 2007, he worked as a visiting professor at the University of Rakuno Gakuen, Ebetsu, Japan, and research associate at Hokaido University.

Professor Benkeblia joined the Department of Life Sciences, the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, in 2008, continuing his work on the physiology, biochemistry, and metabolomics of fructan-containing plants in Jamaica. He also works on the postharvest physiology and biochemistry of local fruits. Professor Benkeblia has published over 150 papers, and over 37 books and book chapters, and has been the recipient of many awards, including the University of the West Indies Award for the Most Outstanding Researcher in 2011 and 2013.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Molecular Biology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General