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 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.