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Biotechnology of Food Crops in Developing Countries

Author: Thomas Hohn; Klaus M Leisinger
Publisher: Vienna : Springer Vienna : Imprint : Springer, 1999.
Series: Plant Gene Research, Basic Knowledge and Application.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Bibliographic data : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Material Type: Bibliographic data, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Hohn; Klaus M Leisinger
ISBN: 9783709164068 3709164060 9783709173169 3709173167
OCLC Number: 840302695
Description: 1 online resource (XI, 248 pages 4 illustrations).
Contents: The Contribution of Genetic Engineering to the Fight against Hunger in Developing Countries.- I. Introduction.- II. The Political Economy of Hunger.- III. The Risks of Genetic Engineering in the Fight against Hunger.- IV. The Benefits of Genetic Engineering in the Fight against Hunger.- V. Building Blocks for Food Security.- VI. Conclusion.- VIL References.- Networking Biotechnology Solutions with Developing Countries: the Mission and Strategy of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications.- I. Background: the Challenge.- II. Creation of ISAAA: the Institutional Response.- III. The Program.- IV Biosafety Regulatory Development: a Special Case.- V. The Strategy.- VI. The Organization.- VII And Who Benefits?.- VIII. References.- Socioethical and Sociopolitical Reflections on the Application of Gene Technology in Developing Countries.- Gene Technology for Increased Rice Production in Developing Countries.- I. Introduction.- II. Increasing Rice Production.- III. The Quality of the Rice Grain.- IV. Conclusions.- V. References.- Biotechnology for Maize and Wheat Improvement in Developing Countries: a Need, a Reality, or a Dream?.- I. Introduction.- II. Maize as an Important Target for Genomics.- III. Wheat and Its Relatives as Important Targets for Genomics.- IV. Approaches to Studying the Molecular Diversity of Maize and Wheat.- V. Molecular Genetics of Maize.- VI. Molecular Markers in Wheat.- VII. Possibilities for Marker-Assisted Selection.- VIII. Genetic-Engineering Achievements in Maize.- IX. Genetic Engineering in Wheat.- X. Conclusion.- XI. References.- Gene Transfer in Sugarcane.- I. Introduction.- II. Genetic Transformation.- III. Agricultural Traits.- IV. Industrial Traits.- V. Somaclonal Variation and Integration of Transgenic Plants into the Sugarcane Breeding Program.- VI. Risk Assessments.- VII. Conclusions.- VIII. References.- Gene Technology for Potato in Developing Countries.- I. Introduction.- II. Potato Production Constraints in Less-Developed countries.- III. Biotechnology Challenges and Opportunities.- IV. Possible Limitations.- V. Conclusions.- VI. References.- Genetic Biotechnologies and Cassava-Based Development.- I. Introduction: Cassava's Links to Development Objectives.- II. The Cassava Biotechnology Network.- III. Cassava Biotechnology Research Priorities Derived from Expressed Needs of Farmers.- IV. Cassava Biotechnology Research.- V. Cassava Biotechnology Tools in Support of Farmer-Participatory Research.- VI. Implications of Cassava Biotechnology Research for the Second Green Revolution.- VII. Conclusion.- VIII. References.- Underresearched Tropical Food Crops: Cowpea, Banana and Plantain, and Yams.- I. Introduction.- II. Cowpea.- III. Banana and Plantain.- IV. Yams.- V. Conclusion.- VI. References.
Series Title: Plant Gene Research, Basic Knowledge and Application.
Responsibility: edited by Thomas Hohn, Klaus M. Leisinger.

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