Biotechnology

Plant OMICS and Crop Breeding
Editors: Sajad Majeed Zargar, PhD
Vandna Rai, PhD

Plant OMICS and Crop Breeding

Published. Available now.
Pub Date:  June 2017
Hardback Price: $179.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771884556
E-Book ISBN: 978-1-315-36593-0
Pages: 494 pp w/ index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 16 color and 14 b/w illustrations


Reviews
“This book, with diverse coverage of various plant biotechnological aspects, covers both basic research (plant omics) as well as applied research (crop breeding). As such, it will serve scientists, researchers, and students working on basic as well as applied aspects of crop improvement. This book will also lead to better understanding of omics tools for mining potential trait regulators and their role in attaining sustainability in agriculture.”
—From the Foreword by Dr. Nazeer Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir, India

“This book is unique as it covers both basic aspects of biotechnological research as well as its applied aspects. Plant OMICS and Crop Breeding has covered a vast array of topics that include phenomics, genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics; moreover it has also chapters on molecular crop breeding. This book will also lead to better understanding of omics tools for mining potential trait regulators and their role in attaining sustainability in agriculture. This book will serve not only for students and researchers but also to the academicians working in the field of plant biotechnology.”
—Muslima Nazir, Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Biotechnology, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Srinagar, India

“An excellent book that covers many important topics of biotechnology. Various technological advances made in the field of biotechnology with their utilization for crop improvement had been highlighted. Moreover, there are some chapters on molecular breeding that may be helpful in understanding the applied aspect of plant biotechnology. As such, this volume, with diverse coverage of various plant biotechnological aspects, covers both basic research (plant omics) as well as applied research (crop breeding). It will serve scientists, researchers, and students working on basic as well as applied aspects of crop improvement. This book will also lead to better understanding of omics tools for mining potential trait regulators and their role in attaining sustainability in agriculture. I am sure that this book will be of immense use for the researchers and students working and studying plant biotechnology.”
—Khalid Z. Masoodi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Transcriptomics & Proteomics Lab, Division of Biotechnology, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Srinagar, India



Due to advent of the stateoftheart technologies in the field of biotechnology, much progress has been achieved since the last decade. OMICS technologies are being extensively used to address various issues pertaining to agriculture. Recent advances in genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics techniques have revolutionized the understanding of genetic response of plants to various biotic and abiotic stresses. Strategic application of this revolutionary technology will eventually lead towards attaining sustainability in agriculture. This new book, Plant OMICS and Crop Breeding, addresses this important issue.

Plant OMICS and Crop Breeding covers various OMICS approaches (genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics) that are being used or can be used for the improvement of crop plants, specifically in mining potential candidate molecules to address unsolved problems related to agriculture. Covering both basic research (plant OMICS) as well as applied research (crop breeding), the book reviews most of the advanced techniques being used in plant biotechnology. The information found here will help agriculture scientists and researchers in using this applied research to focus on better crop breeding

This book is unique in that while many books on plant genomics or plant proteomics concentrate on technological aspects, this book covers updated technological aspects in plant omics and provides details of crop breeding as a tool for utilizing the basic research for crop improvement.

CONTENTS:
Preface

1. Phenomics Science: An Integrated Interdisplinary Approach for Crop Improvement
Bisma Malik, Tanveer Bilal Pirzadah, Irfan Qureshi, Inayatullah Tahir, Imtiyaz Murtaza, and Reiaz Ul Rehman
2. Genomic and Transcriptomic Approaches for Quality Improvement in Oilseed Brassicas
Abha Agnihotri, Manoj Kumar, Divya Kilam, and Jasroop K Aneja
3. A Recap on Quantitative Trait Loci Associated with Disease Resistance in Food Legumes
Rashmi Rai, A. K. Singh, Sajad Majeed Zargar, and B. D. Singh
4. Genomic and Proteomic Tools for Understanding Mysterious Protein Dioscorin From Dioscorea Tuber
Shruti Sharma and Renu Deswal
5. Small RNAs: I: Role as Developmental and Adaptive Regulators in Plants
Saurabh Anand, Neer K Singh, and Sandip Das
6. Small RNAs: II: Mode of Action and Potential Applications in Plant Improvement
Neer K. Singh, Saurabh Anand, and Sandip Das
7. Plant Molecular Breeding: Way Forward Through Next Generation Sequencing
Saima Khan, Pankaj Pandotra, Ajai Prakash Gupta, R K Salgotra, Malik Muzafar Manzoor, Sajad Ahmad Lone, and Suphla Gupta
8. Integration of Omics Approaches for LowPhosphorus Tolerance in Maize
Mohammed Shalim Uddin, A. B. M. Khaldun, and M. Tofazzal Islam
9. Omics: Modern Tools for Precise Understanding of Drought Adaptation in Plants
Karaba N. Nataraja, Madhura Bhat G., and Parvathi M. S.
10. Salinity Stress: ‘Omics’ Approaches
Nisha Khatri and Yashwanti Mudgil
11. Unraveling the Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Common Bean Through Omics
Reetika Mahanjan, Muslima Nazir, Vandna Rai, Roohi Mushtaq, Khalid Z. Masoodi, R. K. Salgotra, and Sajad Majeed Zargar
12. Proteomics of Seed Development: A Case Study of Rice and Soybean
Ravi Gupta, Chul Woo Min, Yong Chul Kim, Ganesh Kumar Agrawal, Randeep Rakwal, and Sun Tae Kim
13. Understanding Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants by Proteomics Approach
Vaseem Raja, Mubashir Ahmad Wani, Umer Majeed Wani, Neelofer Jan, and Riffat John
14. Potentialities of Proteomics for Generating Abiotic Stress Tolerant Crop Species
Ram Kumar, Neha Jain, Vagish Mishra, Nisha Singh, Pragya Mishra, Sajad Majeed Zargar, Ajay Jain, Nagendra Kumar Singh, and Vandna Rai
15. Strategies for Breeding Cereal Crops to Attain Sustainability with Major Emphasis on Rice
R. K. Salgotra, B. B. Gupta, and Meenakshi Raina

Index


About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Sajad Majeed Zargar, PhD
Assistant Professor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST- Kashmir), India

Sajad Majeed Zargar, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-Kashmir) in India. He was previously a Visiting Professor at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan. He has worked as an Assistant Professor at SKUAST-Jammu, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University BGSB) in India. He has also worked as a Scientist at Advanta India Limited, Hyderabad, India, and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), New Delhi, India. Dr. Zargar has received several awards for his work and research. His editorial activities and scientific membership include publishing research and review articles in international journals and as a reviewer. He has been affiliated with the Journal of Phytology, the Australian Journal of Crop Sciences, the African Journal of Biotechnology, Scientia Horticulture, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, and many others. Dr. Zargar has been invited to give many lectures at professional meetings and workshops and has received grants for research projects under his supervision.

Vandna Rai, PhD
Senior Scientist, National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, New Delhi, India

Vandna Rai, PhD, is currently a Senior Scientist at the National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, in New Delhi, India. She was previously a Senior Scientist at the Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi, and a Senior Scientist at the Directorate of Rice Research in Hyderabad, India. She has received awards, such as from the International Union for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) at Kyoto, Japan, and has received travel grants for attendance at American Society for Plant Biology (ASPB) meetings. Dr. Rai is involved in teaching courses at graduate as well as well as postgraduate levels. With over 16 years of active research experience working the area of plant biochemistry, molecular biology, and genomics, she has published research articles in peerreviewed journals and has written several book chapters. Dr. Rai has mapped several important genes and QTLs for abiotic stress tolerance in rice and has been involved in proteome profiling of rice to find salt stress tolerant genes and proteins.




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