1194 Pages 93 Color & 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    Recent advances in the development of transgenic plants have revolutionized our concepts of sustainable food production, cost-effective alternative energy strategies, microbial biofertilizers and biopesticides, and disease diagnostics through plant biotechnology. As a result, a number of transgenic plants have been developed with improved traits. With the advancement of plant biotechnology, many of the customary approaches are out of date. This new two-volume set, Plant Biotechnology, provides a plethora of current knowledge on new as well as fresh approaches that are necessary to address biological problems in plant food production. The volumes provide an informative tour of plant biotechnology, covering the basics of biotechnology to recent advances, taking a thorough look at applications as well. The editors have brought together a respected group of contributors who address the most recent techniques and their applications in plant biotechnology.

    Volume 1 covers the principles, techniques, and applications while Volume 2 delves into transgenics, stress management, and biosafety issues.

    The volumes share recent information related to recent methods of genetic transformation, gene silencing, development of transgenic crops, biosafety issues, microbial biotechnology, oxidative stress, plant disease diagnostics and management, and more. Broken into subsections, the two volumes cover:

    • History, scope and importance of plant biotechnology
    • Plant tissue culture
    • Techniques in molecular biology
    • Molecular markers and QTL mapping
    • Genetic transformation
    • Gene silencing in plant
    • Transgenic crops and biosafety
    • Microbial biotechnology
    • Oxidative stress
    • Plant disease diagnostics and management

    This two-volume set will be a valuable resource for research and university libraries as well as for the many students engaged in plant biotechnology studies as well as faculty and researchers.

    Volume 1: Principles, Techniques, and Applications:

    History of Biotechnology

    Suhail Muzaffar and Bishun Deo Prasad

    Scope and Importance of Plant Biotechnology in Crop Improvement

    Ashish Ranjan and Devanshi Khokhani

    Scope of Plant Biotechnology in the Developing Countries

    Nand Sah

    Sterilization Technique

    Tushar Ranjan, Sangita Sahni, Bishnu Deo Prasad, Ravi Ranjan Kumar, Kumari Rajani, Vijay Kumar Jha, Vaishali Sharma, Mahesh Kumar, and Vinod Kumar

    Basic Principles and Recent Advances in Anther/Pollen Culture for Crop Improvement

    Govinal Badiger Bhaskara

    Embryo Culture and Endosperm Culture

    Manoj Kundu, Jayesh Pathak, and Sangita Sahni

    Callus Induction

    Tushar Ranjan, Bishnu Deo Prasad, Sunita Kumari, Ram Balak Prasad Nirala, Ravi Ranjan Kumar, Vijay Kumar Jha, Vaishali Sharma, Md Shamim, and Anand Kumar

    Protoplast Isolation and Fusion

    Uday Sajja, Tushar Ranjan, and Bishnu Deo Prasad

    Somaclonal Variation

    Ashutosh Pathak and Aruna Joshi

    Somaclonal Variation: A Tissue Culture Approach to Crop Improvement

    Kumari Rajani, Ravi Ranjan Kumar, Tushar Ranjan, Ganesh Patil, and Anand Kumar

    Restriction Endonucleases

    Shiv Shankar, Imran Uddin, and Seyedeh Fatemeh Afzali

    Ligation of Insert DNA in to Cloning Vector

    Tushar Ranjan, Pankaj Kumar, Bishnu Deo Prasad, Sangita Sahni, Vaishali Sharma, Sonam Kumari, Ravi Ranjan Kumar, Mahesh Kumar, Vijay Kumar Jha, and Prasant Kumar

    Blotting Techniques

    Prasant Kumar, Mitesh Dwivedi, ChandraPrakash, Sangita Sahni, and Bishun Deo Prasad

    Advances in PCR Technology and RNA Interference

    Suhail Muzaffar

    TILLING: Genome Poking with Diligences and Constraints

    G. Thapa and J. G. Hehir

    Advances in Molecular Techniques to Study Diversity

    Prasant Kumar, Mitesh Dwivedi, Mitesh B. Patel, Chandra Prakash, and Bishun Deo Prasad

    Protein Purification: Science and Technology

    Ganesh Patil, Ravi Ranjan Kumar, Tushar Ranjan, and Kumari Rajani

    Protein-Protein Interaction Detection: Methods and Analysis

    Vaishali Sharma, Tushar Ranjan, Pankaj Kumar, Awadhesh Kumar Pal, Vijay Kumar Jha, Sangita Sahni, and Bishun Deo Prasad

    Molecular Markers in Plant Biotechnology

    Gaurav V. Sanghvi and Gaurav S. Dave

    Development of Mapping Populations

    Anand Kumar, Tushar Ranjan, Ravi Ranjan Kumar, Kumari Rajani, and Chandan Kishore

    Principles and Practices of Mapping QTLs in Plants

    Sunayana Rathi, Akhil Ranjan Baruah, Surojit Sen, and Samindra Baishya

    Association Mapping: A Tool for Dissecting the Genetic Basis of Complex Traits in Plants

    Sweta Sinha, Amarendra Kumar, Renu Kushwah, and Ravi Ranjan Kumar

    Volume 2: Transgenics, Stress Management, and Biosafety Issues:

    Direct and Indirect Methods of Gene Transfer in Plants

    Nandlal Choudhary, Aruna Jangid, and Shikha Dhatwalia

    Chloroplast Transformation

    Tushar Ranjan, Sangita Sahni, Vinod Kumar, Pankaj Kumar, M. S., Vijay Kumar Jha, Vaishali Sharma, Prasant Kumar, and Bishun Deo Prasad

    Fungal Transformations and Advancements

    Varsha Mohan and Sangita Sahni

    RNA Interference and Virus-Induced Gene Silencing in Plants

    Mahesh kumar, Tushar Ranjan, Nagateja Natra, Md. Shamim, Kumari Rajani, Vinod Kumar, and Tamoghna Saha

    Virus-Induced Gene Silencing

    Kishore Dey, Michael Melzer, and John Hu

    Transgenic Plants and Their Application in Crop Improvement

    Vinod Kumar, Nimmy M S, Tushar Ranjan, Ravi Ranjan, Bishun Deo Prasad, and Chandan Kishore

    Genetically Modified Foods and Biodiesel

    Suhail Muzaffar

    Improvement of Horticulture Crops through Biotechnological Approaches

    Anupam Adarsh, Pankaj Kumar, Bishun Deo Prasad, Randhir Kumar, and Tushar Ranjan

    Biotechnological Approaches for Crop Improvement in Flowers and Ornamental Plants

    S. Y. Chandrashekar, B. Hemla Naik, and R. Rasmi

    Recent Advances in the Development of Transgenic Crop Plants, Biosafety Aspects and Future Perspectives

    Subhankar Roy-Barman, Ravindra A. Raut, Atrayee Sarkar, Nazmiara Sabnam, Sanjukta Chakraborty, and Pallabi Saha

    Microbial Biotechnology: Role of Microbes in Sustainable Agriculture

    Deepak Kumar, Mahesh Kumar, P. Verma, and Md. Shamim

    Oxidative Stress in Plants: Overview on Reactive Oxygen Species Formation in Chloroplasts, Consequences and Experimental Approaches under Abiotic Stresses

    Deepak Kumar Yadav, Ankush Prasad, and Abhishek Mani Tripathi

    Biotechnological Approaches for Plant Disease Diagnosis and Management

    Ravi Ranjan Kumar, Ganesh Patil, Kumari Rajani, Shailesh Yadav, Nimmy M. S., and Vinod Kumar


    Bishun Deo Prasad, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Scientist in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering at Bihar Agricultural University in Sabour, India. He has published 12 research papers in reputed peer-reviewed international journals which have been cited more than 100 times. He has also contributed to one authored book, has written several book chapters, and has submitted 10 sequences of different isolates to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). He is reviewer of International Journal of Agriculture Sciences and the Journal of Environmental Biology. Dr. Prasad has received several prestigious awards for his work. Dr. Prasad has been associated with biotechnological aspects of rice, Brassica napus, arabidopsis, linseed, lentil, vegetable (bitter guard and pointed guard), and horticultural (mango, litchi and banana) crops. He is also associated with host pathogen interaction studies in rice, B. napus and Arabidopsis as well as mutational breeding aspect in rice for abiotic stress tolerance.

    Sangita Sahni, PhD, is a Junior Scientist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at Tirhut College of Agriculture, Dholi, and Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa, Samastipur, Bihar, India. She has published 10 research papers in reputed peer-reviewed national and international journals and has published one authored book and several book chapters. Dr. Sahni has been awarded several prestigious awards for her contributions in the field of education and plant science. She is an officer in charge of the Agricultural Research Information System (ARIS) Cell, Tirhut College of Agriculture, Dholi, and a member of different committees at Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa, India. She has been an active member of the organizing committees of several national and international seminars. Dr. Sahni has been associated with molecular host pathogen interaction studies in Arabidopsis and B. napus. She is also associated with the pathological aspect of chickpea and MULLaRP (mungbean, urdbean, lentil, lathyrus, rajmash, and pea). She is actively involved in teaching graduate and postgraduate courses on plant pathology and biotechnology. In her research, she has isolated several bacterial isolates from different sources and submitted their sequences to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

    Prasant Kumar, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the C. G. Bhakta Institute of Biotechnology, Department of Fundamental and Applied Science at Uka Tarsadia University, Surat, Gujarat, India. He is the author or co-author of 10 peer-reviewed journal articles and eight conference papers and newsletters. He is a reviewer and an editorial board member of several peer-reviewed journals. He has been an active member of the organizing committees of several national and international seminars and conferences. He previously was an Assistant Professor at Sarder Patel University, Anand, Gujarat, India.

    Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Scientist in the Department of Food Science and Post-Harvest Technology, Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, India, and author or co-author of 31 peer-reviewed research articles, 26 book chapters, two manuals, and 18 conference papers. He has 11 edited books and one authored book to his credit, published by Elsevier, CRC Press, Springer, and Apple Academic Press. Dr. Siddiqui has established the international peer-reviewed Journal of Postharvest Technology. He is Editor-in-Chief of two book series (Postharvest Biology and Technology and Innovations in Horticultural Science), published by Apple Academic Press. Dr. Siddiqui is also a Senior Acquisitions Editor in Apple Academic Press, New Jersey, USA, for Horticultural Science. He has been serving as an editorial board member and active reviewer of several international journals. Dr. Siddiqui has received several grants and respected awards for his research work by a number of organizations. He is an active member of the organizing committees of several national and international seminars, conferences, and summits. He is one of key members in establishing the World Food Preservation Center (WFPC), LLC, USA, and is currently an active associate and supporter.