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Plant-Microbe Interactions in Agro-Ecological Perspectives - Volume 1: Fundamental Mechanisms, Methods and Functions... Plant-Microbe Interactions in Agro-Ecological Perspectives - Volume 1: Fundamental Mechanisms, Methods and Functions (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Dhananjaya Pratap Singh, Harikesh Bahadur Singh, Ratna Prabha
R6,034 Discovery Miles 60 340 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This books presents an updated compilation on fundamental interaction mechanisms of microbial communities with the plant roots and rhizosphere (belowground) and leaves and aerial parts (aboveground). Plant rhizopshere recruits its own microbial composition that survive there and help plants grow and develop better under biotic and abiotic conditions. Similar is the case with the beneficial microorganisms which are applied as inoculants with characteristic functions. The mechanism of plant-microbe interactions is interesting phenomenon in biological perspectives with numerous implications in the fields. The First volume focuses on the basic and fundamental mechanisms that have been worked out by the scientific communities taking into account different plant-microbe systems. This includes methods that decipher mechanisms at cellular, physiological, biochemical and molecular levels and the functions that are the final outcome of any beneficial or non-beneficial interactions in crop plants and microbes. Recent advances in this research area is covered in different book chapters that reflect the impact of microbial interactions on soil and plant health, dynamics of rhizosphere microbial communities, interaction mechanisms of microbes with multiple functional attributes, microbiome of contrasting crop production systems (organic vs conventional), mechanisms behind symbiotic and pathogenic interactions, endophytic (bacterial and fungal) interaction and benefits, rhizoplane and endosphere associations, signalling cascades and determinants in rhizosphere, quorum sensing in bacteria and impact on interaction, mycorrhizal interaction mechanisms, induced disease resistance and plant immunization, interaction mechanisms that suppress disease and belowground microbial crosstalk with plant rhizosphere. Methods based on multiphasic and multi-omics approaches were discussed in detail by the authors. Content-wise, the book offers an advanced account on various aspects of plant-microbe interactions and valuable implications in agro-ecological perspectives.

Bioresources and Bioprocess in Biotechnology - Volume 1: Status and Strategies for Exploration (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Sabu... Bioresources and Bioprocess in Biotechnology - Volume 1: Status and Strategies for Exploration (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Sabu Abdulhameed, N.S Pradeep, Shiburaj Sugathan
R6,081 Discovery Miles 60 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book is a compilation of articles on various aspects of bioresources and the processes employed for its judicious utilization. Biodiversity and conservation, food security, gene banks and repositories, laws governing biodiversity, bioprospecting, bioresources in traditional medicine and biodiversity mining are some of the important topics covered in the book. The unique contents of the book make it an important source of information for conservation scientists, academics, activists and to those who are actively involved in product oriented research from bioresources.

Advances of Basic Science for Second Generation Bioethanol from Sugarcane (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Marcos S. Buckeridge,... Advances of Basic Science for Second Generation Bioethanol from Sugarcane (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Marcos S. Buckeridge, Amanda P. De Souza
R4,396 Discovery Miles 43 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book focuses on the basic science recently produced in Brazil for the improvement of sugarcane as a bioenergy crop and as a raw material for 2nd generation bioethanol production. It reports achievements that have been advancing the science of cell walls, enzymes, genetics, and sustainability related to sugarcane technologies and give continuity to the research reported in the "Routes to Cellulosic Ethanol", from Springer. The Introduction (Chapter I) explains how the National Institute of Science and Technology of Bioethanol, founded in 2008 in Brazil, became part of the main international initiatives that started to search for forms to use biomass for bioethanol production in Brazil, US and Europe. Part I reports the advances in plant cell wall composition, structure and architecture, and physical characteristics of sugarcane biomass. These discoveries are opening the way to increased efficiency of pretreatments and hydrolysis, being therefore important information for 2nd generation processes as well as for biorefinery initiatives. Part II focuses on the discovery and characterization of hydrolases from microorganisms that could be used in industrial processes. Recent advances in the search for hydrolases using metagenomics is reported. A great number of genes and enzymes from microorganisms have been discovered, affording improvement of enzyme cocktails better adapted to sugarcane biomass. Part III reports two key issues in the process of 2G ethanol, pentose fermentation and sugarcane genetics. These are the discoveries of new yeast species capable of producing ethanol more efficiently from xylose and the advances made on the sugarcane genetics, a key issue to design varieties adapted to 2G ethanol production.Part IV approaches sustainability through two chapters, one discussing the sustainability of the sugarcane agricultural and environmental system and another discussing how national and mainly international policies of Brazil regarding 2G ethanol production affected the country's strategies to establish itself as an international player in renewable energy area.

Glucosinolates (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Jean-Michel Merillon, Kishan Gopal Ramawat Glucosinolates (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Jean-Michel Merillon, Kishan Gopal Ramawat
R8,682 Discovery Miles 86 820 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is the first comprehensive reference compilation on the substance class of glucosinolates. This handbook introduces the reader to the sulfur-containing glucosinolates (S-glucosides), a class of secondary metabolites of almost all plants of the order Capparales, in particular in the family Brassicaceae (e.g. broccoli and other cabbages), derived from glucose and an amino acid. The book illustrates the natural variety of glucosinolate structures, mainly derived from the precursor amino acid. Chapters describe the resulting rich bioactivity of the glucosides, for example as anti-cancer agents, insecticides, nematicides, fungicides, their potential phytotoxic effects, antimicrobial activity and their possible role in neurodegenerative diseases and human health. Different methods for the extraction, characterization, quantification and processing of the glucosinolates are introduced, and potential applications are discussed. The fate of glucosinolates during food processing is also briefly addressed. This handbook is written by leading experts and structured in different sections addressing the natural occurrence of glucosinolates, their (bio-)synthesis, bioactivity, food processing of glucosinolate-containing vegetables, health and disease-related aspects, biotechnology, and methods applied in glucosinolate-research. It is thus a rich reference source for every reader working in the field, from chemists and biotechnologists, to life scientists, pharmacists and medical scientists.

Innovations in Dryland Agriculture (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Muhammad Farooq, Kadambot H. M. Siddique Innovations in Dryland Agriculture (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Muhammad Farooq, Kadambot H. M. Siddique
R6,039 Discovery Miles 60 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book is a ready reference on recent innovations in dryland agriculture and reinforces the understanding for its utilization to develop environmentally sustainable and profitable food production systems. It covers the basic concepts and history, components and elements, breeding and modelling efforts, and potential benefits, experiences, challenges and innovations relevant to agriculture in dryland areas around world.

Soil Science: Agricultural and Environmental Prospectives (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Khalid Rehman Hakeem, Javaid Akhtar,... Soil Science: Agricultural and Environmental Prospectives (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Khalid Rehman Hakeem, Javaid Akhtar, Muhammad Sabir
R5,623 Discovery Miles 56 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Soil is the most important natural non-renewable resource developed over a longer period of time due to weathering of rocks and subsequently enrichment of organic matter. Soil provides habitat for numerous microorganisms and serves as a natural medium for plant growth, thereby providing the plants with anchorage, nutrients and water to sustain the growth. Soil also serves as a universal sink for all types of pollutants, purifies ground water and is a major reserve of carbon in the universe. The role of soils to provide ecosystem services, maintenance of environmental/human health and ensuring the food security makes it as the most important and basic natural resource. Soil Science helps us to elaborate and understand how the soils provide all these services. Soil Science also provides us the basic knowledge dealing with the origin of the soil parent material, weathering of parent material and the formation of soils, morphological, physico-chemical and biological features of soils, classification of soils and role of soils in the provision and maintenance of ecosystem services, food security and environmental quality. This book encompasses the various processes, functions and behaviour of soils very comprehensively to acquaint the students of soil, plant and environmental sciences about their role to perform different agricultural and environmental functions.

Plant Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge for Food Security (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015): Romesh Kumar Salgotra, Bharat... Plant Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge for Food Security (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
Romesh Kumar Salgotra, Bharat Bhushan Gupta
R5,422 Discovery Miles 54 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With exponentially increasing population across the globe and shrinking resources, the concern of food security is looming large over the world community. To catch up with the fierce pace of growth in all the sectors of development, ensuring uninhibited availability of food resources is a prime agenda. The growing global demand for food, feed, fiber and bio-based renewable materials, such as bio-fuels, is changing the conditions for genetic resources development and bio-resource production worldwide. The crucial role in ensuring food security is played by the agro-based industries and enterprises. Advances in plant genetic resources coupled with traditional knowledge of the local tribes and native practices facilitate achievement of food security.

Somatic Embryogenesis in Ornamentals and Its Applications (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Abdul Mujib Somatic Embryogenesis in Ornamentals and Its Applications (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Abdul Mujib
R4,968 Discovery Miles 49 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Somatic embryogenesis (SE) is a unique process by means of which a vegetative/somatic plant cell transforms into an embryo. This in vitro embryogeny has immense fundamental and practical applications. The SE process is complex and is controlled by a variety of external and internal triggers. This book compiles the latest advances in embryogenesis research on ornamentals and discusses the importance of embryogenic cultures/tissues in raising transgenic crops. The technique of cryopreservation in the protection of ornamental genetic resources is discussed using embryogenic culture/embryo as the tissue of choice, and the respective roles of the genotype, plant growth regulator, environment and other regulating factors in embryogenesis are discussed. The book also focuses on comparative biochemical and physiological differences during the acquisition and development of embryos. The importance of plant proteome and functional genomics as a source of markers is highlighted, and special attention is paid to genes / gene homologues (SERC) in characterizing embryogenesis. Lastly, the book examines the involvement of auxin polar transport and other molecular networks regulating gene expression.

Yates Top 50 Edible Plants for Pots and How Not to Kill Them! (Paperback): Yates, Angela Thomas Yates Top 50 Edible Plants for Pots and How Not to Kill Them! (Paperback)
Yates, Angela Thomas
R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

How to grow your own food in the smallest spaces - in pots on balconies, courtyards and windowsills Increasingly people are keen to grow some of their own food, giving them fresh, delicious and healthy ingredients right on their doorstep. Homegrown food also means reduced food miles and packaging, and reminds us where food comes from and how plants grow. With backyards shrinking and more people living in apartments, we need to find a range of fruit, vegies and herbs that will grow and thrive in small spaces. Whether you love lush leafy greens, tangy citrus, crunchy carrots or vine-ripened tomatoes, there are lots of edible plants that can be grown in pots, hanging baskets and vertical gardens on sunny balconies, verandas, courtyards and windowsills, opening up the wonderful world of homegrown to everyone. This book provides the best information on which edible plants to grow in pots and how to care for them, no matter what your skill level. With loads of glorious photographs for inspiration, it puts 'patio to plate' within reach of everyone, whatever their gardening space.

Environmental Biotechnology Volume 4 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021): K M Gothandam, Ramachandran Srinivasan, Shivendu Ranjan,... Environmental Biotechnology Volume 4 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021)
K M Gothandam, Ramachandran Srinivasan, Shivendu Ranjan, Nandita Dasgupta, Eric Lichtfouse
R3,341 Discovery Miles 33 410 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book reviews the production of bioplastic from various raw materials and recycling wastewater into useful bioproducts by bacteria. In addition, it also addresses the recent advancement in pest control in rice plants, different methods to analyse genotoxicity on soil samples and the effect of phytocompounds on acrylamide-induced toxicity in Drosophilla. Interestingly, this book also discusses mesoporous silica nanoparticles' role as nanocarrier material for inhibiting the cancer cell, especially breast cancer and various biotechnological applications of marine fungal exopolysaccharides.

Rice Genomics, Genetics and Breeding (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018): Takuji Sasaki, Motoyuki... Rice Genomics, Genetics and Breeding (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Takuji Sasaki, Motoyuki Ashikari
R4,773 Discovery Miles 47 730 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book presents the latest advances in rice genomics, genetics and breeding, with a special focus on their importance for rice biology and how they are breathing new life into traditional genetics. Rice is the main staple food for more than half of the world's population. Accordingly, sustainable rice production is a crucial issue, particularly in Asia and Africa, where the population continues to grow at an alarming rate. The book's respective chapters offer new and timely perspectives on the synergistic effects of genomics and genetics in novel rice breeding approaches, which can help address the urgent issue of providing enough food for a global population that is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050.

Neglected and Underutilized Crops - Towards Nutritional Security and Sustainability (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021): Sajad Majeed... Neglected and Underutilized Crops - Towards Nutritional Security and Sustainability (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021)
Sajad Majeed Zargar, Antonio Masi, Romesh Kumar Salgotra
R3,329 Discovery Miles 33 290 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book covers important topics on various neglected and underutilised crops (vegetables, cereals, fruit crops). It gives an overview of the potential, availability of genetic and genomic resources, and the future prospects of these food crops. The book presents different chapters on the importance of underutilised crops with respect to sustainable agriculture and describes the approaches that must be followed for improving the yield and production of these crops. It covers a wide range of food crops such as millet, buckwheat, underutilised spices, underutilised vegetables and underutilised fruit crops. It also provides insights on what smart foods are? And, whether these neglected crops qualify as smart foods? This up-to-date and informative book is meant for food scientists, geneticists, breeders and biotechnologists. It is of interest to students, researchers and course instructors in these fields.

New Age Herbals - Resource, Quality and Pharmacognosy (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018): Brahma... New Age Herbals - Resource, Quality and Pharmacognosy (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Brahma Singh, K.V. Peter
R3,091 Discovery Miles 30 910 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Importance of herbs (medicinal plants) can hardly be overemphasized. They are exploited for manyfold applications, ranging from phytopharmaceuticals, to nutraceuticals, to cosmetics and many others. Keeping in view the richness of herbs and their vast potential, this book collates the most up-to-date knowledge of important herbs and herbals. The book also gives an overview of some issues causing hindrance in the promotion of herbals. This book attempts to compile the rich experience of experts working on various herbs. New age single plant species, having multiple medicinal traits worth exploiting i.e. Hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn), and Morinda citrifolia (noni) also find place as full chapters in the book.

Abiotic Stress-Mediated Sensing and Signaling in Plants: An Omics Perspective (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st... Abiotic Stress-Mediated Sensing and Signaling in Plants: An Omics Perspective (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Sajad Majeed Zargar, Mohammad Yousuf Zargar
R4,274 Discovery Miles 42 740 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The natural environment for plants is composed of a complex set of abiotic and biotic stresses; plant responses to these stresses are equally complex. Systems biology allows us to identify regulatory hubs in complex networks. It also examines the molecular "parts" (transcripts, proteins and metabolites) of an organism and attempts to combine them into functional networks or models that effectively describe and predict the dynamic activities of that organism in different environments. This book focuses on research advances regarding plant responses to abiotic stresses, from the physiological level to the molecular level. It highlights new insights gained from the integration of omics datasets and identifies remaining gaps in our knowledge, outlining additional focus areas for future crop improvement research. Plants have evolved a wide range of mechanisms for coping with various abiotic stresses. In many crop plants, the molecular mechanisms involved in a single type of stress tolerance have since been identified; however, in order to arrive at a holistic understanding of major and common events concerning abiotic stresses, the signaling pathways involved must also be elucidated. To date several molecules, like transcription factors and kinases, have been identified as promising candidates that are involved in crosstalk between stress signalling pathways. However, there is a need to better understand the tolerance mechanisms for different abiotic stresses by thoroughly grasping the signalling and sensing mechanisms involved. Accordingly, this book covers a range of topics, including the impacts of different abiotic stresses on plants, the molecular mechanisms leading to tolerance for different abiotic stresses, signaling cascades revealing cross-talk among various abiotic stresses, and elucidation of major candidate molecules that may provide abiotic stress tolerance in plants.

Thidiazuron: From Urea Derivative to Plant Growth Regulator (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018): Naseem... Thidiazuron: From Urea Derivative to Plant Growth Regulator (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Naseem Ahmad, Mohammad Faisal
R3,514 Discovery Miles 35 140 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Plant biotechnology is a most interesting branch for academicians and researchers in recent past. Now days, it becomes a very useful tool in agriculture and medicine and is regarded as a popular area of research especially in biological sciences because it makes an integral use of biochemistry, molecular biology and engineering sciences in order to achieve technological application of cultured tissues, cell and microbes. Plant tissue culture (PTC) refers to a technique of cultivation of plant cells and other parts on artificial nutrient medium in controlled environment under aseptic conditions. PTC requires various nutrients, pH, carbon source, gelling agent, temperature, photoperiod, humidity etc. and most importantly the judicious use of plant growth regulators. Various natural, adenine and phenyl urea derivatives are employed for the induction and proliferation of different types of explants. Several phenyl urea derivatives were evaluated and it was observed that thidiazuron (n-phenyl-N"-1,2,3- thidiazol-5-ulurea) was found to be the most active among the plant growth regulators. Thidiazuron (TDZ) was initially developed as a cotton defoliant and showed high cytokinin like activity. In some examples, its activity was 100 times more than BA in tobacco callus assay and produces more number of shoots in cultures than Zeatin and 2iP. TDZ also showed major breakthrough in tissue culture of various recalcitrant legumes and woody species. For the last two decades, number of laboratories has been working on TDZ with different aspect and number of publications has come out. To the best of our knowledge, there is no comprehensive edited volume on this particular topic. Hence th,e edited volume is a deed to consolidate the scattered information on role of TDZ in plant tissue culture and genetic manipulations that would hopefully prove informative to various researches. Thidiazuron: From Urea Derivative to Plant Growth Regulator compiles various aspects of TDZ in Plant Tissue Culture with profitable implications. The book will provides basic material for academicians and researchers who want to initiate work in this fascinating area of research. The book will contain 26 chapters compiled by International dignitaries and thus giving a holistic view to the edited volume.

Ethnoecology and Medicinal Plants of the Highland Maya (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): John Richard Stepp Ethnoecology and Medicinal Plants of the Highland Maya (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
John Richard Stepp
R3,612 Discovery Miles 36 120 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Plants play a central role in human existence. Medicinal plants, in particular, have allowed for the continued survival of the human species. This book, based on over a decade of research in Southern Mexico with the Highland Maya, explores the relationship between medicinal plants, traditional ecological knowledge and the environment. The biodiversity of the region remains among the highest in the world, comprising more than 9000 plant species. Over 1600 employed for medicinal uses and knowledge for approximately 600 species is widespread. Medicinal plants play an overwhelmingly primary role in the daily health care of the Highland Maya. Three principal objectives are addressed: 1) identifying which medicinal plants are used; 2) determining the role of environmental variation on use and selection of medicinal plants; and 3) identifying which habitats are preferred for medicinal plant procurement. Findings demonstrate the overwhelming importance of human modified environments for medicinal plants. Explanations are presented from human ecology and biochemical ecology. Implications for conservation, health and the environment are discussed.

Microbial Strategies for Vegetable Production (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Almas Zaidi, Mohammad Saghir Khan Microbial Strategies for Vegetable Production (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Almas Zaidi, Mohammad Saghir Khan
R4,355 Discovery Miles 43 550 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book provides a comprehensive information on basic and applied concepts of microbesial strategies adopted for the improvement of vegetables grown in various production systems. The beneficial role of soil microbes including plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR), nitrogen fixers, and phosphate-solubilizing bacteria in the improvement of vegetables grown both in normal and contaminated soils is discussed. The role of PGPR in tomato production is dealt separately. The impact of heavy metals on different vegetables and abatement of metal toxicity following metal tolerant PGPR and their consequential impact on vegetables grown in metal polluted soil is discussed. Moreover, recent advances in the management of vegetable diseases employing PGPR are addressed. This volume is therefore of special interest to both academics, professionals and practitioners working in the field of vegetable farming/horticulture, microbiology and plant protection sciences.

Plant Biotechnology: Recent Advancements and Developments (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Suresh Kumar Gahlawat, Raj Kumar Salar,... Plant Biotechnology: Recent Advancements and Developments (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Suresh Kumar Gahlawat, Raj Kumar Salar, Priyanka Siwach, Joginder Singh Duhan, Suresh Kumar, …
R5,904 Discovery Miles 59 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book presents an overview of the latest advances and developments in plant biotechnology. The respective chapters explore emerging areas of plant biotechnology such as RNAi technology, fermentation technology, genetic engineering, nanoparticles and their applications, climate resilient crops, bio-films, bio-plastic, bio-remediation, flavonoids, antioxidants etc. All chapters were written by respected experts and address the latest developments in plant biotechnology that are of industrial importance, especially with regard to crop yields and post-harvest strategies. As such, the book offers a valuable guide for students, educators and researchers in all disciplines of the life sciences, agricultural sciences, medicine, and biotechnology at universities, research institutions and biotechnology companies.

Sustainable Agriculture Reviews 51 - Legume Agriculture and Biotechnology Vol 2 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021): Praveen Guleria,... Sustainable Agriculture Reviews 51 - Legume Agriculture and Biotechnology Vol 2 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021)
Praveen Guleria, Vineet Kumar, Eric Lichtfouse
R3,116 Discovery Miles 31 160 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In the context of climate change, pollution and food safety, the current challenge is to enhance legumes production to sustain the growing population needs by 2050. This is a daunting task because abiotic and biotic stresses are threatening the growth, survival and productivity of legumes. For instance, the productivity of legumes is documented to be reduced by 14-88% by abiotic stresses. The co-occurrence of abiotic and biotic stresses under field conditions leads to interactive stress types, thus yielding positive or negative outcomes. Legumes react using antioxidant defense, osmoregulatory adjustments, hormonal regulations and molecular mechanisms to tolerate stress. Hence, improving legume productivity requires knowledge on the sensitivity, mechanisms and approaches of stress tolerance in legumes, in order to design new crops and alternative management systems. This book presents advances on bioactive compounds, applications, effect of various stresses and biotechnology-based stress tolerance mechanisms of legumes. This is our second volume on Legume Agriculture and Biotechnology, published in the series Sustainable Agriculture Reviews.

Artificial Rearing of Reduviid Predators for Pest Management (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): K. Sahayaraj, R. Balasubramanian Artificial Rearing of Reduviid Predators for Pest Management (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
K. Sahayaraj, R. Balasubramanian
R4,307 Discovery Miles 43 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This eye-opening book focuses on the development of techniques to mass-produce reduviid predators and important generalist predators, an endeavor that won't prove sufficient if the cost of commercialization is prohibitive. Advancing mass production to the level of economic feasibility is critical, so that these new technologies can compete in the open market. This book commences with a review of the diversity of reduviid predators in agro-ecosystems world-wide, followed by chapters on their feeding behavior, biology, gut microbiota, their enzyme profile, body protein and genomics, and DNA and field evaluation reports. The field evaluation of reduviids, a worldwide undertaking, is addressed in the last chapter. Each chapter includes a separate conclusion and future recommendations. Detailed information is also included on ingredients and artificial diet preparation, storage and the impact on predators. The artificial rearing of reduviid predator for crop pest management is an essential reference and teaching tool for teachers, researchers and extension workers in developed and developing countries alike, allowing them to produce reduviid predators and important natural enemies in biocontrol and bio-intensive integrated pest management programs. The book offers an excellent resource for all those who are working on beneficial arthropod mass production. It is also an essential reference guide for agricultural and biological sciences scientists, entomologists, crop protection specialists, extension workers, and consultants.

Breeding Insect Resistant Crops for Sustainable Agriculture (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Ramesh Arora, Surinder Sandhu Breeding Insect Resistant Crops for Sustainable Agriculture (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Ramesh Arora, Surinder Sandhu
R4,771 R3,479 Discovery Miles 34 790 Save R1,292 (27%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book reviews and synthesizes the recent advances in exploiting host plant resistance to insects, highlighting the role of molecular techniques in breeding insect resistant crops. It also provides an overview of the fascinating field of insect-plant relationships, which is fundamental to the study of host-plant resistance to insects. Further, it discusses the conventional and molecular techniques utilized/useful in breeding for resistance to insect-pests including back-cross breeding, modified population improvement methods for insect resistance, marker-assisted backcrossing to expedite the breeding process, identification and validation of new insect-resistance genes and their potential for utilization, genomics, metabolomics, transgenesis and RNAi. Lastly, it analyzes the successes, limitations and prospects for the development of insect-resistant cultivars of rice, maize, sorghum and millet, cotton, rapeseed, legumes and fruit crops, and highlights strategies for management of insect biotypes that limit the success and durability of insect-resistant cultivators in the field. Arthropod pests act as major constraints in the agro-ecosystem. It has been estimated that arthropod pests may be destroying around one-fifth of the global agricultural production/potential production every year. Further, the losses are considerably higher in the developing tropics of Asia and Africa, which are already battling severe food shortage. Integrated pest management (IPM) has emerged as the dominant paradigm for minimizing damage by the insects and non-insect pests over the last 50 years. Pest resistant cultivars represent one of the most environmentally benign, economically viable and ecologically sustainable options for utilization in IPM programs. Hundreds of insect-resistant cultivars of rice, wheat, maize, sorghum, cotton, sugarcane and other crops have been developed worldwide and are extensively grown for increasing and/or stabilizing crop productivity. The annual economic value of arthropod resistance genes developed in global agriculture has been estimated to be greater than US$ 2 billion Despite the impressive achievements and even greater potential in minimizing pest- related losses, only a handful of books have been published on the topic of host-plant resistance to insects. This book fills this wide gap in the literature on breeding insect- resistant crops. It is aimed at plant breeders, entomologists, plant biotechnologists and IPM experts, as well as those working on sustainable agriculture and food security.

Approaches to Heavy Metal Tolerance in Plants (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Sumira Jan, Javid Ahmad Parray Approaches to Heavy Metal Tolerance in Plants (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Sumira Jan, Javid Ahmad Parray
R3,643 Discovery Miles 36 430 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book summarizes the development of highly tolerant cultivars via plant breeding, genomics, and proteomic approaches. This book could supplement data for budding researchers by providing extensive ongoing measures to improve the detoxification competence of appropriate species via wide range of plant improvement approaches. It also offers insights into heavy metal signalling,metal chelation by organic acids, amino acids, and phosphate derivatives, and illustrates other strategies that have been extensively investigated, such as genetic engineering, ecological improvement of the rhizosphere using mycorrhiza and chelator enhanced phytoremediation technology. This book could provide simple anthology for undergraduate and postgraduate students to understand fundamentals of heavy metal pollution in the environment. The book closes with a prelude to an inclusive study of biodiversity that could provide new biofilters for metal detoxification.

Plant Genomics and Climate Change (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): David Edwards, Jacqueline Batley Plant Genomics and Climate Change (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
David Edwards, Jacqueline Batley
R4,558 Discovery Miles 45 580 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book explores the impact of climate change on agriculture and our future ability to produce the crops which are the foundation of the human diet. Specifically, individual chapters explore the potential for genomics assisted breeding of improved crops with greater yield and tolerance to the stresses associated with predicted climate change scenarios. Given the clear and unmet challenge to mitigate climate changing events, this book will be of wide interest from plant breeders and environmental scientists, government bodies through to a more general audience who are interested in the likely impact of climate change on agriculture.

Advances in Plant Breeding Strategies: Breeding, Biotechnology and Molecular Tools (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015): Jameel M.... Advances in Plant Breeding Strategies: Breeding, Biotechnology and Molecular Tools (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
Jameel M. Al-Khayri, Shri Mohan Jain, Dennis V. Johnson
R6,031 Discovery Miles 60 310 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The basic concept of this book is to examine the use of innovative methods augmenting traditional plant breeding towards the development of new crop varieties under different environmental conditions to achieve sustainable food production. This book consists of two volumes: Volume 1 subtitled Breeding, Biotechnology and Molecular Tools and Volume 2 subtitled Agronomic, Abiotic and Biotic Stress Traits. This is Volume 1 which consists of 21 chapters covering domestication and germplasm utilization, conventional breeding techniques and the role of biotechnology. In addition to various biotechnological applications in plant breeding, it includes functional genomics, mutations and methods of detection, and molecular markers. In vitro techniques and their applications in plant breeding are discussed with an emphasis on embryo rescue, somatic cell hybridization and somaclonal variation. Other chapters cover haploid breeding, transgenics, cryogenics and bioinformatics.

Advances in Agri-Food Biotechnology (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Tilak Raj Sharma, Rupesh Deshmukh, Humira Sonah Advances in Agri-Food Biotechnology (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Tilak Raj Sharma, Rupesh Deshmukh, Humira Sonah
R4,735 Discovery Miles 47 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book presents biotechnological advances and approaches to improving the nutritional value of agri-foods. The respective chapters explore how biotechnology is being used to enhance food production, nutritional quality, food safety and food packaging, and to address postharvest issues. Written and prepared by eminent scientists working in the field of food biotechnology, the book offers authentic, reliable and detailed information on technological advances, fundamental principles, and the applications of recent innovations. Accordingly, it offers a valuable guide for researchers, as well as undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of biotechnology, agriculture and food technology.

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