Plant biotechnology, integrated with classical breeding, is now on the verge of creating the "evergreen revolution" to solve the world's envisaged tripled demand for food, agricultural commodities and natural products. New biotechnologies are being continuously adapted to agricultural practices, opening new vistas for plant utilization. Plant biotechnology is changing the plant scene in three major areas: (1) growth and development control (vegetative, generative and propagation), (2) protecting plants against the ever-increasing threats of abiotic and biotic stress, (3) expanding the horizons by producing speciality foods, biochemicals and pharmaceuticals. The potential for improving plant and animal productivity and their proper use in agriculture relies largely on newly-developed DNA biotechnology and molecular markers. These techniques enable the selection of successful genotypes, better isolation and cloning of favourable traits, and the creating of transgenic organisms of importance to agriculture.
Series: Current Plant Science and Biotechnology in Agriculture
Number Of Pages: 771
Published: 30th June 1999
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 3.18
Weight (kg): 2.84