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Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (Volume 1)

T Pullaiah (Editor) D. Thangadurai (Editor) M.A.A. Pinheiro de Carvalho (Editor)

In recent years, the advances made in the use of biotechnological methods have increased to an unforeseen extent and the challenge to scientists now is to apply these techniques successfully to a rang of vitally important economic and environmental situations. The impact of biotechnology on the characterization, conservation and utilization of genetic resources and consequently, future of food, agriculture, medicine and environment, is potentially enormous. Understanding and directing this potential impact is crucial because of the urgent issues that we face concerned with the environment, health, world hunger, genetic engineering and the welfare of all species for a growing world population as well as conservation of the world’s rapidly dwindling plant, animal and microbial genetic resources. Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, on the one hand, deals with plant, animal and microbial genetic resources, their nature, description and utility as perpetual renewable assets and on the other with the techniques and practices of biotechnology so as to give a clear cut picture of the subject and also help the biologists keep abreast with the latest developments. The articles in this book provide not only an update of state of the art techniques in many critical areas of biotechnology, but also look into the future by defining current bottlenecks and research goals. This book, first of its kind, is the outcome of concerted efforts of a large number of experts who have not only recorded their ideas in the would be valuable to the users of this very useful title the wide coverage, expertise of the contributors and potential for practical use of the contents will be of immense utility to scientists and students studying biological, environmental and life sciences. In addition, this book also provides an invaluable source of reference to conservation workers, environmental managers and policy makers.

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About the authors

T Pullaiah

Prof. T Pullah obtained his M.Sc. (1971) and Ph.D. degrees in Botany from Andhra University.  He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Moscow State University, Russia, during 1976-1978.  He traveled widely in Europe and visited Universities and Botanic Gardens in about 16 countries.  He joined Sri Krishnadevaraya University as Lecturer in 1979 and became Professor in 1993.  He held several positions in the University as Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, Head, Department of Botany; Chairman, Board of Studies in Botany; Head, Department of Sericulture; Co-ordinator and Chairman, Board of Studies in Biotechnology; Principal, S K University College and Warden, S K, University Hostels.  He has published 43 books, 238 research papers and 35 popular articles in Journals of repute.  He is the Principal – Investigator of 20 major Research Projects totaling more than a Crore of Rupees funded by DBT, DST, CSIR, UGC, BSI, WWF, GCC, BARC etc.  Under his guidance, 45 students obtained their Ph.D. degrees and 34 students their M.Phil. degrees.  He is the recipient of Best Teacher Award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Prof. P Maheshwari Gold Medal of the Indian Association for Angiosperm Taxanomy.  He served as the Vice President of the Indian Botanical Society and presently the Councilor of the same.  He served as a member of Species Survival commission of International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

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D. Thangadurai

D. Thangadurai, Ph.D. currently holds the position of Postdoctoral Fellow at the ISOPlexis Germplasm Bank, Centre for Macaronesian Studies, University of Madeira, Funchal, Portugal. He has a Ph.D. degree from Sri Krishnadevaraya University, India (School of Life Sciences, Anantapur). His current postdoctoral research related to "Germplasm Bank of Macaronesia" has been funded by the European Commission and concerns the collection, characterzation, conservation and utilizationo f plant genetic resources using morphological, biochemical and molecular tools. During 1998-2004, he was the recipient of a DST (Depart of Biotechnilogy) and CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research)'Junior and Senior Research Fellowships' from the Government of India for molecular Taxonomy Initiative, which enabled him to travel throghtout India that resulted in the publication of more that tenty five research papers in International Journals. He is a recipient of Best Young Scientist Award for the best paper presented in the National Seminar on Modern Biology at Nagarjuna University, India in 2003. He is also serving as a peer reviewer for several International journals including Journal of Food Science, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

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M.A.A. Pinheiro de Carvalho

M.A.A. Pinheiro de Carvalho, obtained his M.Sc. (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) degrees in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry from Voronezh State University, Russia. In 1992, he joined the Madeira University, Portugal as an Invited Assistand and became Invited Professor in 1993. At present, he is Associate Professor of Department of Biology, adeira University; Director, Centre for Macaronesian Studies, Life and Earth Sciences; Director, ISOPlexis Germplams Bank and Partner of Agricultural Germplasm Bank of Macaronesia. He has published 3 books, 25 research papers and 11 popular articles. His main research interests are the evaluation and characterisation of plant genetic resources and biochemistry of the stress using morphological, biochemical and molecular approaches. He is principal investigator of 3 major research projects funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Portugal and European Commission and co-ordinated 11 training prjects funded by the Ministry of Education, government of Portugal. At present, he is supervising 6 Ph.D. students, and under his guidance, 31 students completed their graduation projects in Biiological Sciences.

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Bibliographic information

Title Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (Volume 1)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8189233092
length xiv+316p., Figures; Tables; References; Index; 25cm.