Plant biotechnology has transformed agriculture and as this scientific field grows, so do university curricula in biotechnology. This book can be used in a junior or senior level course in plant biotechnology or plant genetics as well as in special topics classes for both undergraduate and graduate students. The focus is on basics and processes, with each chapter building upon the knowledge gained in previous chapters. Each chapter will contain questions geared toward facilitating classroom discussions and will also include inspirational autobiographical essays from eminent scientists writing about their beginnings in science, their contributions to the field and their visions for the future.
• Foreword to Plant Biotechnology and Genetics.
• Plant Agriculture: The Impact of Biotechnology
• Mendelian Genetics and Plant Reproduction
• Plant Breeding
• Plant Development and Physiology
• Tissue Culture: The Manipulation of Plant Development
• Molecular Genetics of Gene Expression
• Recombinant DNA, Vector Design and Construction
• Genes and Traits of Interest for Transgenic Plants
• Marker Genes and Promoters
• Transgenic Plant Production
• Transgenic Plant Analysis
• Regulations and Biosafety
• Field Testing of Transgenic Plants
• Intellectual Property in Agricultural Biotechnology: Strategies for Open Access
• Why Transgenic Plants are So Controversial
• The Future of Plant Biotechnology
Plant Biotechnology provides an up-to-date and thorough introduction to the techniques and applications of plant biotechnology, illustrating how the technology can change our world and inspiring students to enter the field through inspirational personal essays written by eminent scientists.
C. Neal Stewart is the Racheff Chair of Excellence in Plant Molecular Genetics and a Professor in the plant sciences department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his doctorate in plant physiology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1993. Dr. Stewart serves on the editorial boards of BMC Biotechnology, Trends in Plant Science and Plant Cell Biotechnology and Molecular Biology.