20 Books found


  • Advances in Genetics, Genomics and Control of Rice Blast Disease

    Advances in Genetics, Genomics and Control of Rice Blast Disease

    Rice blast, caused by the fungal pathogen Magnaporthe grisea, is one of the most destructive rice diseases worldwide and destroys enough rice to feed more than 60 million people annually. Due to high variability of the fungal population in the field, frequent loss of resistance of newly-released rice cultivars is a major restraint in sustainable rice production. In the last few years, significant progress has been made in understanding the ...

  • Biotechnology of Food Crops in Developing Countries

    Biotechnology of Food Crops in Developing Countries

    Tropical crops such as cowpea, yam, plantain, and cassava are heavily underresearched but, in addition to rice, maize, wheat, and potato, are important as primary or secondary food staples in the developing countries. The modern tools of molecular and cellular technology offer the opportunity not only to make substantial gains in knowledge of these crops, but also they overcome some of the obstacles which presently restrain both the genetic ...

  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of Plant Organelles

    Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of Plant Organelles

    Plant organelles have intrigued biologists since the discovery of their endosymbiontic origin and maternal inheritance. The first application of organelle biotechnology was the role of cytoplasmic male sterility in hybrid seed production and "Green Revolution". In modern times, plant organelles are again leading the way for the creation of genetically modified crops. On a global scale, 75% of GM crops are engineered for herbicide resistance and ...

  • Rice Biology in the Genomics Era

    Rice Biology in the Genomics Era

    The complete sequencing of the rice genome and new molecular biological techniques have led to tremendous advances in our knowledge of rice biology. Thus rice has become an important model plant for basic and applied research. This volume presents the latest results of research in crop improvement as well as in molecular and cellular activities in rice. It consists of 26 chapters and is divided into the following four sections: Genome-wide and ...

  • Rice Functional Genomics

    Rice Functional Genomics

    Rice has been chosen as the model cereal for functional genomics by the international scientific community not only because rice is a major food crop of the world but also because of its small genome (~430 Mb which is the smallest among cereal genomes); the ease with which it can be transformed; its well understood genetics with detailed genome physical maps and dense molecular markers; and the existence of great similarities in gene sequence, ...

  • Soil Biology and Agriculture in the Tropics

    Soil Biology and Agriculture in the Tropics

    The relationships between soils, microbes and humans are of crucial relevance in the tropics, where plant stress and microbial activity are exacerbated. This volume of Soil Biology presents the living component of tropical soils, showing how it is shaped by environmental conditions and emphasizing its dramatic impact on human survival and well-being. Following an introduction to the specificities of tropical soils and of their microbial communit

  • Advances in Rice Blast Research

    Advances in Rice Blast Research

    Advances in Rice Blast Research provides a complete overview of the research undertaken on the rice-blast pathosystem. This book gathers in one volume the most recent works on rice blast fungus genetics and molecular biology of pathogenicity, rice blast fungus population studies, and genetics and molecular biology of rice resistance to blast, including resistance gene cloning. It also presents the latest results on resistance breeding and ...

  • Biology of Adventitious Root Formation

    Biology of Adventitious Root Formation

    Special Lecture: The Origin, Diversity, and Biology of Shoot-Borne Roots; P.W. Barlow. The Commercial Importance of Adventitious Rooting: Commercial Application of Adventitious Rooting to Forestry; G.A. Ritchie. Infrastructure for Research: Model Systems for Studying Adventitious Root Formation; S.G. Ernst. Setting the Stage for Rooting: Novel Experimental Systems for Determining Cellular Competence and Determination; D. Mohnen. Induction ...

  • Biotechnology of Biofertilizers

    Biotechnology of Biofertilizers

    Biofertilizers are important components of integrated nutrient management. They are cost effective, ecofriendly and a renewable source of plant nutrients to supplement chemical fertilizers in sustainable agricultural systems in India.This book is written with the objective of covering the basic issues in Biological Nitrogen Fixation (BNF), such as physiology, biochemistry and molecular genetics of nitrogen fixation, role of signal molecules and

  • Cereals and Pseudocereals

    Cereals and Pseudocereals

    The world continues to depend heavily upon a relatively small range of crops for food, fuel, fibre and industrial use, while many potentially good, economically acceptable alternatives exist. This book, which is the second in a series looking at underutilized crops, provides thorough details of those underutilized cereals and pseudocereals which are currently benefiting from research and others which have been neglected and deserve more ...

  • Farmers, Gene Banks and Crop Breeding:

    Farmers, Gene Banks and Crop Breeding:

    Farmers, Gene Banks and Crop Breeding: Economic Analyses of Diversity in Wheat, Maize, and Rice responds to concerns about the loss of valuable genetic resources and crop vulnerability arising from widespread cultivation of genetically uniform varieties. It assembles a series of applied studies focusing on the fundamental economic issues related to genetic diversity in crop species, with special reference to developing countries. By ...

  • Gene Conservation and Exploitation

    Gene Conservation and Exploitation

    Broadening the Basis of Plant Resource Conservation; V.H. Heywood. Scientific Issues Affecting Gene Conservation and Exploitation of Some Tropical Perennials; J.T. Williams. The Naranjilla, the Cocona, and their Hybrids; C.B. Heiser. The Conservation and Utilization of Genes from Endangered and Extinct Plants; R.P. Adams. Exploitation of Genetic Resources; P.R. Day. Molecular Evaluation of Plant Genetic Resources; M.T. Clegg. Exploiting ...

  • In vitro Haploid Production in Higher Plants

    In vitro Haploid Production in Higher Plants

    This second volume of In Vitro Haploid Production in Higher Plants is broadly concerned with special applications and phenomena uniquely associated with haploid plants and their derivation. The first section (18 chapters) covers such topics as genetic stability of microspore-derived doubled haploids, transformation of pollen and microspores, gametoclonal variation, bread-making quality of wheat doubled haploids, DNA amplification of ...

  • Isotopic Studies of Azolla and Nitrogen Fertilization of Rice

    Isotopic Studies of Azolla and Nitrogen Fertilization of Rice

    Nitrogen is the most limiting element for crop production. Traditionally, expensive commercial fertilizers are used to correct soil nitrogen deficiencies. Indeed, 50% of the increase in rice yields after World War II can be attributed to increased fertilizer nitrogen use. Although an increased rate of fertilizer nitrogen application has been advocated to meet the growing demand for food, it is unrealistic to advise the farmers to apply ...

  • Novel Strategies in the Design and Production of Vaccines

    Novel Strategies in the Design and Production of Vaccines

    Recombinant Antigens and Presentation Vectors: Synthetic Vaccines for Infectious and Autoimmune Diseases M. Sela Host Range Restricted, Nonreplicating Vaccinia Virus Vectors as Vaccine Candidates; B. Moss, et al. Hybrid Hepatitis B Virus Core Antigen as a Vaccine Carrier Moiety II: Expression in Avirueltn Salmonell spp. for Mucosal Immunization; F. Schödel, et al. Synthetic Recombinant Vaccine Induces Antiinfluenza Longterm Immunity and ...

  • Opportunities for Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Rice and Other Non-Legumes

    Opportunities for Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Rice and Other Non-Legumes

    New frontiers of science offer exciting opportunities to stretch rice research horizons. Recent advances in understanding symbiotic Rhizobium-legume interactions at the molecular level, the discovery of endophytic interactions of nitrogen-fixing organisms with non-legumes and the ability to introduce new genes into rice through transformation have created an excellent opportunity to investigate the possibilities for incorporating N2 ...

  • Planthoppers


    Planthoppers include some of the most devastating pests of major agricultural crops throughout the world. One species, the rice brown planthopper, is among the most economically important pests in Asia. In past decades, government policies encouraged the control of rice planthoppers with synthetic pesticides, a tactic which promoted insecticide resistance and often led to the pesticide-induced resurgence of pest populations. To deter ...

  • Prospects for Saline Agriculture

    Prospects for Saline Agriculture

    Saline land is a resource capable of significant production. Recent advances in research in breeding for salt tolerance in wheat, biotechnology in rice, and selection and rehabilitation of salt-tolerant plants are of economic importance in arid/saline conditions.This book gives some practical approaches for saline agriculture and afforestation, and describes examples of cultivating salt-tolerant/halophytic plants for commercial interest on salt-

  • Resource Management in Rice Systems: Nutrients

    Resource Management in Rice Systems: Nutrients

    Rice is the major staple food in Asia, and food security means rice security for most Asians. By the year 2025, we need to produce about 60% more rice than we do today to meet the growing demand. Efficient use of inputs is vital to safely produce the additional food from limited resources with minimal impact on the environment. This book reviews emerging knowledge-intensive technologies and decision aids for improved nutrient management in ...

  • Satoyama


    Japan’s traditional and fragile satoyama landscape system was developed over centuries of human life on mountainous island terrain in a monsoon climate. The carefully managed coppice woodlands on the hillsides, the villages strung along the base of the hills, and the carefully tended paddy fields of rural Japan made possible the sustainable interaction of nature and humans. Radical changes in the middle of the twentieth century led to the ...