Plant Science & Botany

Advanced Molecular Plant Breeding
Meeting the Challenge of Food Security

Editor: D. N. Bharadwaj, PhD

Advanced Molecular Plant Breeding

In production
Pub Date: May 2018
Hardback Price: $179.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771886642
E-Book ISBN: 9780203710654
Pages: Approx 595pp + index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 6 color and 33 b/w illustrations

“An outstanding compilation of genetics and genomics that can drive progress in modern plant breeding. The chapters are well designed by several specialist scientists/breeders from diverse specialized areas in the field of plant breeding. A wonderful job in integrating information about traditional and molecular plant breeding approaches. I hope this encyclopedic handbook is poised to become a benchmark reference for experienced breeders, researchers, teachers and students alike.”
— From the Foreword by M. S. Swaminathan, Founder Chairman, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

This new volume, Advanced Molecular Plant Breeding: Meeting the Challenge of Food Security, aims to provide a better understanding of molecular plant breeding in order to boost the quality of agriculture produce, to increase crop yields and to provide nutritious food for everyone by 2050, when the global population is expected to reach a new height of about 10 billion. The challenge to provide quality food for such an increased population will be exacerbated by the depletion of natural resources and by shrinking arable land areas. However, scientists believe the challenge can be met by implementing new and improved techniques of quantitative trait inheritance in plant breeding. Integrating genomics and molecular biology into appropriate tools and methodologies can help to create genetically engineered plants, such as by using biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, molecular markers, ‘-omics’ technology, and genome editing.

The milestone of whole genome sequencing from Arabidopsis to rice has opened the door to a new era of functional genomics, which aims to determine the functions of all the genes identified in their genomes, which will help in the improvement of crop species qualitatively and quantitatively in order to meet the ongoing challenges of doubling world food production by 2050.

The contributors to this book were selected from a wide and diverse range of institutions. They provide an abundance of new research and knowledge on advanced plant breeding tools and techniques. This important volume provides recent knowledge of advanced plant breeding tools researchers, teachers, graduate and post-graduate students in plant sciences, and those in plant biotechnology, applied botany, agricultural sciences, plant genetics and molecular biology.

Key features:

  • Provides an overview and projection of advanced molecular plant breeding and sustainable agriculture for food security by the year 2050
  • Considers the role of biodiversity in plant breeding
  • Looks at molecular selection tools in plant breeding
  • Explores genetic engineering and tissue culture in plant breeding
  • Considers techniques to enhance the nutritional quality of foods from plants
  • Discusses recent techniques that are currently employed to solve future food problems

Part I: Introduction to Advanced Molecular Plant Breeding
1. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security: 2050 (Future Plant Breeding)
D. N. Bharadwaj

2. Application of Genotype and Environmental Interactions in Plant Breeding
Chandra Nath Mishra, Satish Kumar, K. Venkatesh, Vikas Gupta, Devmani Bind, and Ajay Verma

3. Forward and Reverse Genetics in Plant Breeding
Masochon Raingam, Megha Bhatt, Akash Sinha, and Pushpa Lohani

Part II: The Role of Biodiversity in Plant Breeding
4. Biodiversity and Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources (in-Situ and Ex-Situ)
Sheel Yadav, Chet Ram, and Dhammaprakash Pandhari Wankhede

5. Uses and Importance of Wide Hybridization in Crop Improvement
Vikas Gupta, Chandra Nath Mishra, and Satish Kumar

6. Application of Mutation Breeding in Plants
A. K. Mehta and M. H. Basha

7. Applications of Molecular Marker-Assisted Breeding in Plants
S. Pandey and V. C. Pandey

8. Importance of Genomic Selection in Crop Improvement and Future Prospects
Satish Kumar, Senthilkumar K. Muthusamy, Chandra N. Mishra, Vikas Gupta, and Karnam Venkatesh

Part III: Molecular Selection Tools in Plant Breeding
9. Application and Achievements of Recombinant DNA Technology in Crop Improvement
Rakesh Kumar, H. M. Mamrutha, Karnam Venkatesh, Kashi Nath Tiwari, and Satish Kumar

10. Plant Tissue Culture Techniques and Its Achievements
S. Pandey and V. C. Pandey

Part IV: Genetic Engineering and Tissue Culture in Plant Breeding
11. Breeding Strategies to Convert C3 into C4 Plants
Akshaya Kumar Biswal, Arun Kumar Singh, Vivek Thakur, Satendra Kumar Mangrauthia, and Revathi Ponnuswamy

12. Molecular Pharming (Pharmaceuticals): Primary and Secondary Metabolites in Plants
Mir Zahoor Gul, Mohd Yasin Bhat, Anirudh Kumar, and Beedu Sashidhar Rao

13. Plant-Based Edible Vaccines: An Innovative Concept to Immunization
Rajeev Sharma, Nishi Mody, and Suresh P. Vyas

14. Breeding for Nutritional Quality Enhancement in Crops: Biofortification and Molecular Farming
Rahul Priyadarshi, Hitendra Kumar Patel, and Anirudh Kumar

Part IV: Recent Techniques in Advanced Molecular Plant Breeding
15. Terminator Technology (GURT Technology)
D. R. Mehta and A. K. Nandha

16. Omics in Plant Breeding
D. R. Mehta and Ramesh Kumar

17. RNA Interference (RNAI) Technology in Biology and Plant Breeding
Dinesh Narayan Bharadwaj

18. Genome Editing in Plant Breeding
D. R. Mehta and A. K. Nandha

19. Nanobiotechnology in Agriculture
D. N. Bharadwaj and Sanjay Kumar Singh


About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: D. N. Bharadwaj, PhD
Former Professor of Plant Sciences, Haramaya University, Ethiopia; Former Head, Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, C.S. Azad University of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur, India

D. N. Bharadwaj, PhD, is currently an expert and examiner at several Indian universities and a reviewer for various scientific journals in India and abroad. He was formerly Professor of Plant Sciences at Haramaya University, Ethiopia (Africa), under the United Nations Development Program (UNPD) and was also Professor of Biology under a UNDP program at the Eritrea Institute of Technology, Asmara, Eritrea. In addition, he was Head of the Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding at C.S. Azad University of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur, India.

Other former positions include lecturer at Kanpur University, where he taught several botany subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and Scientist Pool Officer of the CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India). He has made significant contributions to several crop breeding programs of ICAR (Indian Council of Agriculture Research) on such projects such as cotton, soybean, sorghum, groundnut, wheat, and barley etc. He also worked as a seed production officer at the National Seed Project of ICAR.

During his stay of more than nine years in foreign countries, he visited over 20 countries and had opportunities to visit various educational institutes, universities, and their laboratories. With over 40 years of teaching and research experience, he has supervised many agriculture students in MSc and PhD programs. Dr. Bharadwaj has participated in several national and international workshops, seminars, and symposia and presented 15 research papers. He has published over 40 refereed research papers in national and international journals, contributed several book chapters, and published a dozen or so textbooks and reference books with Indian and foreign publishers. He also awarded a best scientist award in 1998 by the American Biographical Institute, Inc. USA.

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