1st Edition

Plant Biotechnology and Transgenic Plants

    Contains case studies illustrating the cell culture production of pigments, flavors, and antineoplastic compounds Plant Biotechnology and Transgenic Plants covers topics that range from food to fragrances to fuel. It includes discussions of technologies and research on the engineering, synthesis, utilization, and control of primary and secondary pl

    List of Contributors, 1. Plant Biotechnology—An Emerging Field, 2. Plant-Derived Drugs and Extracts, 3. Industrial Strategies for the Discovery of Bioactive Compounds from Plants, 4. Plant Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques Used in Plant Breeding, 5. Plant Cell Cultures as Producers of Secondary Compounds, 6. Genetic Transformation of Plants and Their Cells, 7. Properties and Applications of Hairy Root Cultures, 8. Bioreactors for Plant Cell and Tissue Cultures, 9. The Potential Contribution of Plant Biotechnology to Improving Food Quality, 10. Engineering Plant Biochemical Pathways for Improved Nutritional Quality, 11. Transgenic Plants as Producers of Modified Starch and Other Carbohydrates, 12. Improving the Nutritional Quality and Functional Properties of Seed Proteins by Genetic Engineering, 13. Transgenic Plants as Sources of Modified Oils, 14. Flavors and Fragrances from Plants, 15. Fine Chemicals from Plants, 16. Genetic Engineering of the Plant Cell Factory for Secondary Metabolite Production: Indole Alkaloid Production in Catharanthus Roseus as a Model, 17. Transgenic Plants for Production of Immunotherapeutic Agents, 18. Signal Transduction Elements, 19. The Plant Cell Wall—Structural Aspects and Biotechnological Developments, 20. Lignin Genetic Engineering: A Way to Better Understand Lignification Beyond Applied Objectives, 21. Transgenic Plants Expressing Tolerance Toward Oxidative Stress, 22. Transgenic Plants with Increased Tolerance against Viral Pathogens, 23. Transgenic Plants with Enhanced Tolerance against Microbial Pathogens, 24. Transgenic Crop Plants with Increased Tolerance to Insect Pests, 25. Transgenic Herbicide-Resistant Crops—Advantages, Drawbacks, and Failsafes, 26. Plants and Environmental Stress Adaptation Strategies, 27. Molecular Mechanisms that Control Plant Tolerance to Heavy Metals and Possible Roles in Manipulating Metal Accumulation, Index


    Kirsi-Marja Oksman-Caldentey, Wolfgang H. Barz