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Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress

Narendra Tuteja (Editor), Sarvajeet S. Gill (Editor), Antonio F. Tiburcio (Editor), Renu Tuteja (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-32840-6
1534 pages
April 2012, Wiley-Blackwell

Abiotic stress, such as high salinity and drought is the most common challenge for sustainable food production in large parts of the world, in particular in emerging countries. The ongoing and expected global climate change will further increase these challenges in many areas, making improved stress resistance of crops a key topic for the 21st Century. Proteomics, genomics and metabolomics are methods allowing for the rapid and complete analysis of the complete physiology of crop plants. This knowledge in turn, is the prerequisite for improvements of crop resistance against abiotic stress through genetic engineering or traditional breeding methods.

Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress is a double-volume, up-to-date overview of current progress in improving crop quality and quantity using modern methods such as proteomics, genomics and metabolomics.

With this particular emphasis on genetic engineering, this text focuses on crop improvement under adverse conditions, paying special attention to such staple crops as rice, maize, and pulses.

It includes an excellent mix of specific examples, such as the creation of nutritionally-fortified rice and a discussion of the political and economic implications of genetically engineered food.

The result is a must-have hands-on guide, ideally suited for Agricultural Scientists, Students of Agriculture, Plant Physiologists, Plant Breeders, Botanists and Biotechnologists.

Sections include:

PART I Climate Change and Abiotic Stress Factors

PART II Methods to Improve Crop Productivity

PART III Species-Specific Case Studies: Graminoids, Leguminosae, Rosaceae


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