1st Edition

Plant Mutagenesis and Crop Improvement

Edited By Nitish Kumar Copyright 2024
    294 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Crop improvement using classically induced mutagenesis is now well standardized. Many new promising varieties of different crops have been successfully developed worldwide using both physical and chemical mutagens. Voluminous literature is now available on basic and applied aspects of mutagenesis. The mutation technique has been refined and holds the promise of generating much wider and more desirable variability than classical breeding. Recent advances in technology combined with classical mutation breeding offer new and exciting challenges for the development of new varieties. A global inventory of induced mutagenesis activities for crop improvement is requried. This book covers both basic and applied aspects of mutation and its impact on various crops: it is extremely well prepared and contains a huge volume of information accumulated using classically induced mutagenesis on different crops in different countries.

    Three key features:

    1. Describes the importance of induced mutation in crop plant research and its application to production
    2. Highlights new advances in the understanding of plant mutagenesis in crop improvement
    3. Contains contributions from major leaders in the field of plant mutation research

    This volume brings together all the important and relevant literature in the field. It provides a complete account of the mutation breeding of crops, presenting conclusions about the value of the method, its possibilities, limitations, and shortcomings, and the possible difficulties of further application in various crops. The initial chapters deal with the interactions between mutagenic treatment and plant material, such as aspects of mutagenic treatment, postirradiation behavior of shoot apices, and adventitious bud techniques. All available literature is then discussed crop by crop and critically evaluated. This will serve as an extremely comprehensive guide for researchers, teachers, students, and individuals who are interested in using induced mutagenesis as a tool for crop improvement.

    1 Mutagenesis as a Tool in Plant Genetics, Functional Genomics, and Breeding

    Pratikshya Mishra, Smruti Ranjan Padhan, Sibananda Darjee, Ayesha Mohanty, and Kaushik Kumar Panigrahi

    2 Epigenetic Architecture of Complex Traits in Plants

    Gurbachan S. Miglani­, Maninder Kaur, Geetika Bhandari, and Gaganpreet Kaur

    3 Induced Mutagenesis for Gene Pool Expansion with Special Attention on Pulse Crops

    Biswajit Pramanik and Sandip Debnath

    4 Transposon Mutagenesis for Functional Genomics in Cereals

    Shabneek Kaur, Jessica Kaur, Umesh Preethi Praba, Gurwinder Kaur, Gautam Chhabra, Rajveer Singh, and Yogesh Vikal

    5 Application of Nuclear Techniques in Crop Improvement:  A Review

    Nihar Ranjan Chakraborty, Achal Kant, and Sandip Debnath

    6 Applications of DNA Marker Techniques in Plant Mutation Research

    Shilpa Gupta and Diksha Singla

    7 Cryptic Genetic Variation in Evolution and Crop Improvement

    Gurbachan S. Miglani, Wajhat Un Nisa, and Surinder K. Sandhu

    8 Mutagenesis in Plant Tissue Culture

    Gurwinder Kaur, Gautam Chhabra, Umesh Preethi Praba, Rajveer Singh, Shabneek Kaur, Jessica Kaur, and Yogesh Vikal

    9 Genetic Improvement Using Induced Mutagenesis with Special Reference to Pulses: A Review

    Vinod Janardan Dhole, Souframanien Jegadeesan, and Dhanasekar Punniyamoorthy

    10 Variants of CRISPR/Cas Technology and Their Role in Rice Genetic Improvement

    Rajveer Singh, Ramanjot Kaur, Satwinderpal Singh, Krishna Sai Karnatam, Umesh Preethi Praba, Gurwinder Kaur, Gautam Chhabra, Shabneek Kaur, Jessica Kaur, Aanchal Bhatia, Muskan Tiwari, and Yogesh Vikal


    Nitish Kumar has been Senior Assistant Professor at the Department of Biotechnology, Central University of South Bihar, Gaya, Bihar, India, for the last 12 years. Dr. Kumar completed his doctoral research at the CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research)—Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India. He has research experience in a wide variety of areas in the field of crop improvement using plant biotechnology and mutation breeding techniques. He has published more than 70 research articles in leading international and national journals, more than 20 book chapters, and 7 books with Springer and Taylor & Francis. Dr. Kumar received the Young Scientist Award from the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) in 2014 He has received many awards/fellowships/projects from various prestigious Indian government organizations such as CSIR, DBT, ICAR, SERB-DST, and BRNS-BARC. He is a reviewer for various international journals and serves as an associate editor of the journal Gene (Elsevier).