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Biotechnology of major cereals.

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This book contains 16 chapters focusing on the recombinant DNA techniques and transformation methods used by the commercial maize biotechnology sector, current traits and future trends of the global adoption of transgenic maize, specific breeding challenges and the current trends in applied sorghum biotechnology research, genetic modification methods, target traits and other relevant issues for ba...


Chapter 1 (Page no: 1)

Introduction: biotechnology of major cereals.

Ranked on the basis of harvested mass, the top five cereals in the world are maize (corn), rice, wheat, barley and sorghum. However, the commercial application of biotechnology over these five species is heavily skewed. Only in maize are there genetically engineered varieties currently marketed to growers. There is plenty of applied research and field testing in the other crops, and this introduction, along with the other chapters in this book, analyse the current status and future role of biotechnology in applied research and development of improved varieties for these key five cereal species.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 2 (Page no: 5) Genetic transformation of maize: conventional methods and precision genome modification. Author(s): Wu HuiXia Beringer, J. Chen Wei Zhou Ning
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 18) Biotech maize: industry development and impact. Author(s): Coram, T. Bing, J. Storer, N.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 48) Sorghum genetic transformation: current status and future target traits. Author(s): Anami, S. E. Zhang YuMiao Zhang LiXin Zhu Li Jing HaiChun
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 80) Barley as a cereal model for biotechnology applications. Author(s): Harwood, W.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 88) Wheat biotechnology: recent developments and future trends. Author(s): Sparks, C. A. Jones, H. D.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 104) The long and winding road of rice genetic modification technology and its potential. Author(s): Slamet-Loedin, I. H. Macovei, A.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 119) Setaria viridis: a model for C4 crop biotechnology. Author(s): Eck, J. van Swartwood, K. Pidgeon, K.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 125) Genome editing in cereals: current status and future potential. Author(s): Jones, H. D.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 133) Anther culture for doubled haploids. Author(s): Karaoğlu, C. Salantur, A.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 141) Chloroplast transformation in cereals. Author(s): Samnakay, P.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 151) Cross-species silencing: plant-mediated RNAi for insect control. Author(s): Yu XiuDao Jones, H. D. Sun YongWei Wang GenPing Xia LanQin
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 165) Acrylamide in cereals: the problem, and potential genetic and agronomic solutions. Author(s): Halford, N. G. Curtis, T. Y.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 179) Engineering cereal endosperm. Author(s): Opsahl-Sorteberg, H. G.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 194) Key molecular and metabolic processes used for genetic engineering to improve freezing tolerance in cereals. Author(s): Soltész, A. Harwood, W. Kalapos, B. Vágújfalvi, A. Galiba, G.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 206) Mergers and acquisitions in global ag-biotech. Author(s): Dunwell, J. M.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • IBERS, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DA, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2016
  • ISBN
  • 9781780645193
  • Record Number
  • 20163314710