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Entomology Ecology & Biodiversity
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 522

Entomology Ecology & Biodiversity

The dominance of insects amongst all living organisms on earth, coupled with infinite wealth of knowledge so important for our own existence, is a fundamental scientific fact which is yet to be widely acknowledged. This dominance means that in numbers of species beyond our comprehension these animals permeate diverse and essential natural processes in Earth's terrestrial, aerial and freshwater ecosystems, contributing to the function of the natural world as a self-sustaining biological system. Invariably insects are an integral and complex part of the terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems with which the future of humans is inextricably linked. Insects have ultimately achieved a formidable di...

The Jatropha Genome
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

The Jatropha Genome

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-11-25
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  • Publisher: Springer

This book presents the genetics and genomics of Jatropha, which is used for biofuel, and shows how plant genomics can be used to improve plant breeding. The utilization of plant biofuels is a promising solution to global issues such as the depletion of fossil fuels and resources and climate change. Jatropha curcas L. (jatropha) is a species of shrub belonging to the Euphorbiaceae family. Native to Mesoamerica, it is now grown widely in tropical and subtropical areas in America, Africa and Asia. The seed oil of Jatropha is a suitable source for biodiesel or bio jet fuel, and since it is not edible and can grow in semi-arid lands unsuitable for the cultivation of food crops, its production does not compete with that of food to inflate its price. The characteristics of this promising biofuel plant, however, have not been fully exploited in terms of breeding, mainly because of the lack of information on its genetics and genomics. The structure of the whole genome of Jatropha is analyzed, providing insights into on the plant’s genetic system and accelerating the molecular breeding process.

Plant Sciences Reviews 2012
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 280

Plant Sciences Reviews 2012

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013
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  • Publisher: CABI

Plant Sciences Reviews 2012 provides scientists and students with analysis on key topics in current research, including plant diseases, genetics, climate impacts, biofuels and postharvest. Experts such as Frances Seymour, Roger Jones, Paul Christou and Errol Hewitt provide incisive reviews of their fields. Originally published online in CAB Reviews, this volume makes available in printed form the reviews in plant science published during 2012.

Abiotic Stress Signaling in Plants: Functional Genomic Intervention
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 636

Abiotic Stress Signaling in Plants: Functional Genomic Intervention

Abiotic stresses such as high temperature, low-temperature, drought and salinity limit crop productivity worldwide. Understanding plant responses to these stresses is essential for rational engineering of crop plants. In Arabidopsis, the signal transduction pathways for abiotic stresses, light, several phytohormones and pathogenesis have been elucidated. A significant portion of plant genomes (Arabidopsis and rice were mostly studied) encodes for proteins involves in signaling such as receptor, sensors, kinases, phosphatases, transcription factors and transporters/channels. Despite decades of physiological and molecular effort, knowledge pertaining to how plants sense and transduce low and h...

Applied Plant Biotechnology
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 384

Applied Plant Biotechnology

This book presents a review of some recent developments in various areas of plant biotechnology impinging on their application to improving crop productivity and product diversification. It covers genetic manipulation of major products such as carbohydrates, fatty acids, sesquiterpenes, and floriculture crops as well as discusses aspects related to biosafety, environmental release and commercial exploitation of transgenics. The progress made in developing pest-resistant transgenic plants and production of human therapeutics in plants are presented. Utility of molecular biology techniques in plant breeding, for protection of intellectual property rights/Plant Breeders' Rights, biosystematics etc. is also discussed. Research managers may find it useful in gaining a clear perspective of plant biotechnology. For teachers and students of biotechnology the book will be a useful reference.

Food Safety of Proteins in Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

Food Safety of Proteins in Agricultural Biotechnology

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2007-11-28
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  • Publisher: CRC Press

With contributions from internationally recognized experts, Food Safety of Proteins in Agricultural Biotechnology comprehensively addresses how toxicology testing of proteins should be accomplished and how protein safety assessments should be carried out. Beginning with a background on protein biology, the book delineates the fundamental differences among proteins and small molecular weight chemicals that impact their safety assessment. It discusses the life cycle of proteins and explains why some protein toxins exert toxic effects and others do not. Drawing attention to the increasingly popular insect-protected Bt crops, contributions provide a detailed history of the safety assessment and ...

California Serpentines
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 196

California Serpentines

This is the first comprehensive treatment of an important segment of the flora of California: native plants that have varying degrees of fidelity to serpentine rock and soil that make up over 1100 square miles in the Coast Ranges and the Sierra Nevada. Many of California's unique endemic plants are found nowhere else but on serpentine; over 200 species, subspecies, and varieties of native plants are restricted to some degree to serpentine. The author describes the geology, soils, and mineral nutrition of serpentines (low in normal essential nutrients, high in magnesium, iron, and toxic heavy metals, nickel, and chromium), the vegetation and flora that tolerate this inhospitable habitat, the fauna on serpentines, and management/conservation problems associated with serpentines. This is an essential guide to an important aspect of the flora of California.

THIN LAYER CHROMATOGRAPHY (SET PRICE OF 34 BOOKS)
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 152

THIN LAYER CHROMATOGRAPHY (SET PRICE OF 34 BOOKS)

This book gives a practical introduction to one of the more popular separation techniques. Readers will learn to perform separations and will develop the ability to make an educated guess as to what the conditions will be to separate a new mixture of compounds. The authors provide classes of compound and background theory that quickly develop the skills of the student learning thin layer chromatography. Chapter coverage includes stationary phase, mobile phase, practical techniques, applications, recent developments, and advantages and disadvantages of thin layer chromatography. It also includes a bibliography of texts providing additional separations for further study.· Stationary Phase· Mobile Phase· Sample· Practical Techniques· Applications· Recent Developments· Advantages and Disadvantages of Tlc· Self Assessment Questions and Responses · Units of Measurement

Genetics, Genomics, and Breeding of Bananas
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 350

Genetics, Genomics, and Breeding of Bananas

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-03-07
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  • Publisher: CRC Press

Musa is one of three genera in the family of Musaceae. Over 50 species of Musa exist, including bananas and plantains. This book assembles the latest information on the genomic research of this genus. A group of leading experts in Musa genetics, genomics, and breeding provide basic as well as advanced information for those interested in learning more about the banana genome. The accessible style is easily understood by students and researchers, making the book an ideal springboard for those looking to do expanded research into this crop.