Rice Biotechnology: Improving Yield, Stress Tolerance and Grain Quality

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Jamie A. Goode, Derek J. Chadwick
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 30, 2008 - Science - 272 pages
Rice is the most important food crop for half the world's population. Over the last three decades, the imporvement in human nutrition and health in Asia has largely been attributable to a relatively stable and affordable rice supply. The challenge to produce enough rice for the future, however, remains daunting, as the current rate of population growth outpaces that of increases in rice production. Science has a central role to play in raising rice productivity and this book highlights areas of plant science that are particularly relevant to solving the major constraints on rice production. Examining molecular, genetic and cellular techniques, it considers recent advances in four research approaches for increasing yields and improving the nutritional quality of rice.
  • Plant genomics: knowing the identity and location of each gene in the rice genome is of immense value in all aspects of rice science and cultivar improvement.
  • Molecular biological approaches to increase yield: to produce more biomass by increasing photosynthetic rate and duration, and by improving grain filling.
  • Enhancing tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses: with new DNA array technologies, it is now possible to assess global genomic response to stresses. Understanding the relationships among stress pathways may create new opportunities for gene manipulation to enhance tolerance to multiple biotic and abiotic stresses.
  • Improving nutritional quality in the grain: knowledge of the biosynthesis of micronutrients in plants permits genetic engineering of metabolic pathways to enhance the availability of micronutrients.
 

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Contents

IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Opening address The challenge to feed the Worlds poor
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Chairs introduction
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY A framework for sequencing the rice genome
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Rice genomics current status of genome sequencing
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY General discussion I
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Rice the pivotal genome in cereal comparative genetics
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Bioinforrnatics for rice resources
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Regulation of gene expression bv J small molecules in rice
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Genetic analysis of plant disease resistance pathways
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Regulation of systemic acquired resistance by NPRl and its partners
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Improving plant drought salt and freezing tolerance by gene transfer of a sin...
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Dissection of defence response pathways in rice
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Breeding for nutritional characteristics in cereals
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Biosynthesis of Bcarotene provitamin A in rice endosperm achieved by genet...
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Developing transgenic grains with improved oils proteins and carbohydrates
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Summingup cuttingedge science for rice improvement breakthroughs and be...
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY General discussion I1
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Introduction of genes encoding C4 photosynthesis enzymes into rice plants p...
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Increasing rice photosynthesis by manipulation of the acclimation and adapta...
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IMPROVING YIELD STRESS TOLERANCE AND GRAIN QUALITY Increasing rice productivity and yield by manipulation of starch synthesis
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Jamie Goode is a British author with a PhD in plant biology, and a wine columnist of The Sunday Express. Goode also contributes to wine publications such as Harpers, The World of Fine Wine, Decanter, GrapesTALK and Sommelier Journal.

Derek J. Chadwick is the editor of Rice Biotechnology: Improving Yield, Stress Tolerance and Grain Quality, published by Wiley.

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