Genome Engineering for Crop Improvement

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Santosh Upadhyay
John Wiley & Sons, Jan 19, 2021 - Science - 416 pages

In recent years, significant advancements have been made in the management of nutritional deficiency using genome engineering—enriching the nutritional properties of agricultural and horticultural crop plants such as wheat, rice, potatoes, grapes, and bananas. To meet the demands of the rapidly growing world population, researchers are developing a range of new genome engineering tools and strategies, from increasing the nutraceuticals in cereals and fruits, to decreasing the anti-nutrients in crop plants to improve the bioavailability of minerals and vitamins.

Genome Engineering for Crop Improvement provides an up-to-date view of the use of genome editing for crop bio-fortification, improved bioavailability of minerals and nutrients, and enhanced hypo-allergenicity and hypo-immunogenicity. This volume examines a diversity of important topics including mineral and nutrient localization, metabolic engineering of carotenoids and flavonoids, genome engineering of zero calorie potatoes and allergen-free grains, engineering for stress resistance in crop plants, and more. Helping readers deepen their knowledge of the application of genome engineering in crop improvement, this book:

  • Presents genetic engineering methods for developing edible oil crops, mineral translocation in grains, increased flavonoids in tomatoes, and cereals with enriched iron bioavailability
  • Describes current genome engineering methods and the distribution of nutritional and mineral composition in important crop plants
  • Offers perspectives on emerging technologies and the future of genome engineering in agriculture

Genome Engineering for Crop Improvement is an essential resource for academics, scientists, researchers, agriculturalists, and students of plant molecular biology, system biology, plant biotechnology, and functional genomics.


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An Overview of GenomeEngineering Methods 1
Distribution of Nutritional and Mineral Components in Important Crop Plants 22
Application of Genome Engineering Methods for Quality Improvement
Genome Engineering for Enriching Fe and Zn in Rice Grain and Increasing
Development of Carotenoids Rich Grains by Genome Engineering
CRISPRCas9 System for Agriculture Crop Improvement
Contribution of Crop Biofortification in Mitigating Vitamin Deficiency Globally
of the Economically Important Plants
GenomeEditing Mediated Improvement of Biotic Tolerance in Crop Plants
Genome Engineering and Essential Mineral Enrichment of Crops
Genome Editing to Develop Disease Resistance in Crops
Biotechnological Approaches for Nutritional Improvement
Genome Engineering Strategies for Quality Improvement in Tomato
Current Implications
Genome Editing for Improving Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Rice
Role of Genome Engineering for the Development of Resistant StarchRich

Genome Engineering for Nutritional Improvement in Pulses
The Survey of Genetic Engineering Approaches for OilFatty Acid Content
Genome Engineering for Food Security

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About the author (2021)

SANTOSH KUMAR UPADHYAY is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Botany, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. His present research focuses in the area of functional genomics, particularly the characterization of defense and development related genes in bread wheat.

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