Plant Biotechnology

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Plant Biotechnology

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Today it is generally accepted that one of the key areas of biotechnology for the next century will be in plant-based biotechnology. Biotechnology has created new opportunities for plant scientists, with important applications to agriculture and forestry. This reference text is divided into five sections for ease of presentation. The first section focuses on the structure, composition and functionality of plant cells and genes with particular emphasis on the cellular and molecular biology of plants and cultured cells. Section two is concerned with the direct exploitation of cell cultures for the production of useful substances. The third section deals with regeneration and propagation systems. The fourth section considers the increasingly central area of genetic manipulation of plant cell systems. The last section is on specific applications in plant biotechnology. This reference work is a survey of these various facets of plant biotechnology. The individual chapters and the follow-up literature cited allow an easy access to the various subject areas and will, hopefully, stimulate interest in these rapidly moving and exciting fields of research.

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Adrian Slater is the Deputy Director of the Norman Borlaug Institute for Plant Science Research at De Montfort University, UK
Nigel Scott is a principal lecturer in plant molecular biology in the Norman Borlaug Institute for Plant Science Research at De Montfort University, UK

Mark Fowler is a senior lecturer in plant molecular biology in the Norman Borlaug Institute for Plant Science Research at De Montfort University, UK

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UNEDITED UK REVIEW: "Reviews from previous edition Misinformation is rife, sadly, and there is a clear need for good sources of accurate and appropriate accounts of plant biotechnology development. Adrian Slater, Nigel Scott and Mark Fowler have produced just such a textbook, providing a critical appraisal of the genetic manipulation of crop plants for advanced undergraduate study and the postgraduate student market."--W. Paul Davies, Annals of Botany, Vol. 94. No 4, October 2004.


UNEDITED UK REVIEW: "Quite simply this is a superb book and a valuable resource for all those with an interest in the genetic modification of plants, either as students of the science or potential consumers of the produce. In short a great book, well worth the money."--Microbiology Today, Vol. 31, February 2004, p45.


"In short, this great volume is very scientific, quite simply a joy to read, and is worth having." -- Quarterly Review of Biology


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