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Molecular Biology in Crop Protection

  • George Marshall
  • Dale Walters

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Chemical and Biological Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. D. W. Hollomon, J. A. Butters
      Pages 98-117
  4. Engineering Resistance to Diseases, Herbicides and Pests

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. A. M. R. Gatehouse, V. A. Hilder
      Pages 177-201
  5. Commercial and Legislative Aspects

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 275-283

About this book

Introduction

Few individuals can be unmoved by the impact of molecular biology. Advances in the discipline over four decades have progressed at a rate unrivalled in other scientific areas. In its formative years, molecular biology examined the chemical and physical structures of biological molecules, subsequently elucidated the nature and function of DNA and evolved into molecular genetics. From this exponential growth of scientific knowledge, tremendous opportunities were created for the application of molecular approaches to solve problems in applied biology. This book describes the new productive association between novel state­ of-the-art molecular biology and crop protection, a discipline with a sound heritage in traditional applied biology and chemistry. Never before has crop protection faced such diverse challenges. It is charged with improving global food supplies and with the pressure of population increases of one billion in the next decade. But to consider protection of crops simply in terms of weed, pest and disease control would be a gross oversimplification of the mission. Rather, crop protectionists must develop measures which will maintain crop yield and quality without harm to the environment. Chemical, cultural and biological approaches to crop protection must also fulfil evolving legislative demands and address the issues which confer public acceptability.

Keywords

biology biotechnology microorganisms molecular biology molecular mechanisms plant

Editors and affiliations

  • George Marshall
    • 1
  • Dale Walters
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant ScienceThe Scottish Agricultural CollegeAyrUK

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