Taking a broad and innovative informational approach, Sustainable Agriculture and New Biotechnologies is the first book to apply omic technologies to address issues related to understanding and improving agricultural sustainability in the food production process. The transformation from industrial to sustainable agriculture is discussed within the frameworks of new biotechnologies and global environmental changes. While considering this transformation, the book covers:
- The use of new biotechnologies to help in the creation of more sustainable agricultural practices, including methods in molecular biology, genetic engineering, and the new emerging technologies, such as metabolomics, metagenomics, nutrigenomics, and ionomics
- The path to reach the goal of the global sustainable agricultural and food production systems in a world of limited natural resources and growing environmental degradation
- Principles that regulate the new agricultural and food production systems including breeding programs for more sustainable crops, soil management, and environment preservation
It is clear that biotechnological approaches will become increasingly important in the future and that a shift from industrial to a sustainable agriculture will be necessary. While many books tend to make "a quick and easy link" between these two different worlds, Sustainable Agriculture and New Biotechnologies describes exactly how omics can contribute to greater food productivity and security, and agricultural sustainability in the future.
Table of Contents
The Use of Omics Databases for Plants. High-Throughput Approaches for Characterization and Efficient Use of Plant Genetic Resources. Breeding for Sustainability: Utilizing High-Throughput Genomics to Design Plants for a New Green Revolution. Transcription Factors, Gene Regulatory Networks, and Agronomic Traits. Contribution of "Omics" Approaches to Sustainable Herbivore Production. Mining Omic Technologies and Their Application to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production Systems. Identification of Molecular Processes Underlying Abiotic Stress Plants Adaptation Using "Omics" Technologies. Rhizosphere Metabolomics: A Study of Biochemical Processes. Microbial Functionality and Diversity in Agroecosystems: A Soil Quality Perspective. Survey in Plant Root Proteomics: To Know the Unknown. Applications of Agricultural and Medicinal Biotechnology in Functional Foods. Nutritional Genomics and Sustainable Agriculture. Metabolomics: Current View on Fruit Quality Relation with Human Health. New Farm Management Strategy to Enhance Sustainable Rice Production in Japan and Indonesia. Advances in Genetics and Genomics for Sustainable Peanut Production. The Relevance of Compositional and Metabolite Variability in Safety Assessments of Novel Crops. Gene-Expression Analysis of Cell-Cycle Regulation Genes in Virus-Infected Rice Leaves. Transcriptomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics: Integration of Latest Technologies for Improving Wheat Productivity in Future. Impact of Climatic Changes on Crop Agriculture: OMICS for Sustainability and Next-Generation Crops. Designing Oilseeds for Biomaterial Production. Bioenergy from Agricultural Biowaste: Key Technologies and Concepts. Index.
Noureddine Benkeblia, Department of Life Sciences, University of the West Indies Mona Campus, Kingston 7, Jamaica