Biotechnologies of Crop Improvement, Volume 3

Genomic Approaches

  • Satbir Singh Gosal
  • Shabir Hussain Wani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Shabir H. Wani, Mukesh Choudhary, Pardeep Kumar, Nudrat Aisha Akram, Challa Surekha, Parvaiz Ahmad et al.
    Pages 1-23
  3. Devinder Sandhu, Amita Kaundal
    Pages 25-40
  4. Paul Joseph Collins, Zixiang Wen, Shichen Zhang
    Pages 41-57
  5. Pooja Manchanda, Yadhu Suneja
    Pages 75-104
  6. Satinder Kaur, Suruchi Jindal, Maninder Kaur, Parveen Chhuneja
    Pages 105-150
  7. P. K. Agrawal, M. G. Mallikarjuna, H. S. Gupta
    Pages 151-178
  8. A. K. Singh, S. Gopala Krishnan, R. K. Ellur, M. Nagarajan, K. K. Vinod, P. K. Bhowmick et al.
    Pages 179-197
  9. James D. Kelly, Nolan Bornowski
    Pages 211-238
  10. Srikanth Bollam, Vijayalakshmi Pujarula, Rakesh K. Srivastava, Rajeev Gupta
    Pages 239-264
  11. Kirandeep K. Romana, Girish Chander, Santosh Deshpande, Rajeev Gupta
    Pages 265-288
  12. C. Bharadwaj, Supriya Sachdeva, Rajesh Kumar Singh, B. S. Patil, Manish Roorkiwal, Sushil Chaturvedi et al.
    Pages 289-316
  13. Surinder K. Sandhu, Gurpreet Singh
    Pages 317-348

About this book


During the past 15 years, cellular and molecular approaches have emerged as valuable adjuncts to supplement and complement conventional breeding methods for a wide variety of crop plants. Biotechnology increasingly plays a role in the creation, conservation, characterization and utilization of genetic variability for germplasm enhancement. For instance, anther/microspore culture, somaclonal variation, embryo culture and somatic hybridization are being exploited for obtaining incremental improvement in the existing cultivars. In addition, genes that confer insect- and disease-resistance, abiotic stress tolerance, herbicide tolerance and quality traits have been isolated and re-introduced into otherwise sensitive or susceptible species by a variety of transgenic techniques. Together these transformative methodologies grant access to a greater repertoire of genetic diversity as the gene(s) may come from viruses, bacteria, fungi, insects, animals, human beings, unrelated plants or even be artificially derived. Remarkable achievements have been made in the production, characterization, field evaluation and commercialization of transgenic crop varieties worldwide. Likewise, significant advances have been made towards increasing crop yields, improving nutritional quality, enabling crops to be raised under adverse conditions and developing resistance to pests and diseases for sustaining global food and nutritional security. The overarching purpose of this 3-volume work is to summarize the history of crop improvement from a technological perspective but to do so with a forward outlook on further advancement and adaptability to a changing world. Our carefully chosen “case studies of important plant crops” intend to serve a diverse spectrum of audience looking for the right tools to tackle complicated local and global issues.


crop improvement biotechnology food security abiotic stress biotic stress molecular breeding

Editors and affiliations

  • Satbir Singh Gosal
    • 1
  • Shabir Hussain Wani
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Agricultural BiotechnologyPunjab Agricultural UniversityLudhianaIndia
  2. 2.Mountain Research Centre for Field Crops, KhudwaniSher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of KashmirSrinagarIndia

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