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Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (Volume 2)

T Pullaiah (Editor) D. Thangadurai (Editor) Pedro A. Balatti (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 range 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. Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, Volume Two consists of sixteen chapters provides an overview on biotechnology and its applications on the characterization, conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources such as wheat, musa, cacao, bean, Casuarina glauca, groundnut and other vegetable crops; transgenic technologies for the management of pests, pathogens and disease resistance mechanisms; detection and prevention of infectious, genetic and heritable diseases, production of industrially important enzymes and secondary metabolites; in vitro plant propagation; donor genome exclusion and nuclear/cytoplasm genotyping of the asymmetric somatic hybrids; plant growth and development and microbial fermentation. Written by authors from Argentina, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, UK, USA and the West Indies, it is an indispensable volume illustrating the application of biotechnology in the various areas of plant, animal and microbial genetic resources.

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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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Pedro A. Balatti

Pedro A. Balatti, Ph.D., FCAYF-UNLP, CICBA, obtained his bachelor’s degree in Agronomy at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. He got his Ph.D. (1994) degree in Plant Pathology from the University of Missouri, USA and was supported by funds from Food for the 21st Century. He was appointed research fellow of the National Research Council of Argentina, NICET. He is a Professor of Microbiology at the Faculty of agronomy, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. He was Associate Dean for Research at the Faculty of Agronomy – UNLP 1998-2001. He has published 40- articles in international journals, 4 chapters in books and has made approximately 100 presentations in meetings. He acts as a peer reviewer for projects of the National Research Council (CONICET) and Agencia Nacional de Promocion de la Investigacion (ANPCYT). He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and the Argentinean Society of Biochemistry. He is collaborating with the University of Minnersota, USA; Universidad de Seville, Spain, Mision Biologica de Galicia, Spain and University of Bretz, France.

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Bibliographic information

Title Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (Volume 2)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8189233157
length xvi+355p., Figures; Tables; Plates; References; Index; 24cm.