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Engineering Plants for Agriculture

Subject Area(s):  GeneticsPlant Biology

Edited by Pamela Ronald, University of California, Davis

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© 2019 • 232 pages, illustrated (37 color and 7 B&W), index
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ISBN  978-1-621823-12-4

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Agriculture plays a vital role supporting human life on Earth but faces significant challenges to feed the growing population.

Written and edited by experts in the field, this collection from Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology examines the molecular bases of plant traits and addresses how this knowledge can be used to develop crops that are resilient to a changing environment. 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. The book also discusses the development and socioeconomic impact of deployment of genetically improved submergence-tolerant rice. The generation of blight-resistant American chestnut trees—the first bioengineered plant 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 and environmental challenges.


Developing Blight-Tolerant American Chestnut Trees
William A. Powell, Andrew E. Newhouse, and Vernon Coffey
Engineering Disease-Resistant Cassava
Z.J. Daniel Lin, Nigel J. Taylor, and Rebecca Bart
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, Md. J. Hossain, Vijay Paranjape, Md. Z.H. Prodhan, Abul K. Azad, Rituparna Majumder, Sayed H. Sarwer, and Md. A. Hossain
Circadian Rhythms in Plants
Nicky Creux and Stacey Harmer
The Sweet Side of Plant-Specialized Metabolism
Thomas Louveau and 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
How do Strigolactones Ameliorate Nutrient Deficiencies in Plants?
Kaori Yoneyama


review:  “This edited volume should be of interest to plant biologists, geneticists, molecular biologists, and advanced students in the agricultural and plant sciences.”

review:  “The volume certainly succeeds in summarizing important scientific advances and presenting new avenues for research.... All of these studies describe exciting, high-quality plant science research, exemplifying many remarkable innovations the field has witnessed. Although some chapters focus purely on plant biology, many refer to potential applications or solutions to regional or global problems.”
      —The Quarterly Review of Biology