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Engineering Plants for Agriculture


Subject Area(s):  GeneticsPlant Biology

Edited by Pamela Ronald, University of California, Davis

© 2019 • 225 pages (approx.), illustrated, index
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ISBN  978-1-621823-12-4
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Description

Agriculture plays a vital role supporting human life on Earth but faces significant challenges because of population growth, plant pathogens, and climate change. Genetic engineering of crops promises to increase food yields, create drought- and pest-resistant crops, and improve nutrition in the developing world.

Written and edited by experts in the field, this collection from Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology examines the molecular bases of different plant characteristics and how they can be manipulated genetically using modern molecular biological techniques. The contributors review recent advances in our understanding of plant plasticity, circadian rhythms, stomatal development, inflorescence architecture, symbiotic phosphate acquisition, and specialized plant metabolism and discuss how this knowledge might be used to boost yields, improve tolerance to pathogens and environmental stress, and enhance nutritional content. Several chapters are devoted to the development of specific genetically modified plants (e.g., disease-resistant cassava and submergence-tolerant rice) and their agronomic and socioeconomic impacts.

The generation of blight-resistant American chestnut trees—the first bioengineered plants developed with the goal of ecological restoration—is also described. This volume is therefore an essential read for all plant biologists, geneticists, and engineers interested in addressing agricultural as well as environmental challenges.

Contents

Preliminary
Preface
Developing Blight-Tolerant American Chestnut Trees
William A. Powell, Andrew E. Newhouse, and Vernon Coffey
Engineering Cassava for Resistance to Viruses and Bacterial Infection
Becky Bart and Nigel Taylor
Mechanisms and Impact of Symbiotic Phosphate Acquisition
Chai Hao Chiu and Uta Paszkowski
BT Brinjal in Bangladesh: The First Genetically Engineered Food Crop in a Developing Country
Anthony M. Shelton, M.J. Hossain, Vijay Paranjape, M.Z.H. Prodhan, A.K. Azad, Ritu Majumder, S.H. Sarwer, and M.A. Hossain
Circadian Rhythms in Plants
Nicky Creux and Stacey Harmer
Plant Product Biosynthesis
Anne Osbourn
Plant Inflorescence Architecture: The Formation, Activity, and Fate of Axillary Meristems
Yang Zhu and Doris Wagner
Many Facets of Dynamic Plasticity in Plants
Xiaodong Yang and Sally A. Mackenzie
Sub1 Rice: Engineering Rice for Climate Change
Kyle Emerick and Pamela C. Ronald
The Role of Dwarfing Traits in Historical and Modern Agriculture with a Focus on Rice
Ángel Ferrero-Serrano, Christian Cantos, and Sarah M. Assmann
Stomatal Development and Perspectives Toward Agricultural Improvement
Hitoshi Endo and Keiko U. Torii
Management Strategies for Wheat Blast
Barbara Valent
How do Strigolactones Ameliorate Nutrient Deficiencies in Plants?
Kaori Yoneyama
Index