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Biotechnology of Horticultural Crops (In 3 Vols.)

T K Bose (Editor) V A Parthasarathy (Editor) P. Das (Editor)

Horticulture is becoming an increasingly important enterprise in many agro-based economies with increasing demand for fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants, beverages and spices besides medicinal and aromatic plants. The science of biotechnology has become more commercial with most of the techniques being patented. The use of biotechnology in solving many of the problems confronting the horticulture-based industries needs no emphasis. The development of the basal media by Murashige and Skoog has virtually revolutionized micropropagation research. The use of molecular markers based on electrophoretic and PCR techniques for fingerprinting germplasm has become very popular in many countries and is being used to conserve and fingerprint their native varieties and cultivars. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation techniques as well as biolistic methods have come handy for transferring genes of interest to many crops. Considering the importance of it the editors decided to bring out the work on horticultural biotechnology in three volumes. It is hoped that this would be useful to students, researchers and practitioners of biotechnology and horticulture. Many eminent biotechnologists, primarily from India, have contributed to this book. The works done on tissue culture, molecular markers, genetic transformation and cryopreservation have been reviewed for each of the horticultural crops separately. The articles also indicate the areas where the technologies are to be used in future research. The entire work has been brought out in three volumes. The first volume covers fruits and plantation crops including basic topics like protoplast technology, molecular markers, genetic transformation and microbes for N and P input while the second volume covers vegetable crops and mushrooms and the third volume ornamental plants, spices, medicinal and aromatic plants.

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About the authors

T K Bose

T.K. Bose, Ph.D. from Calcutta University, trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K.; 1960-1972 Horticulturist and Secretary, the Agri-Horticultural Society of India; 1972-76, Reader, Calcutta University; Project Coordinator, Floriculture, Indian Council of Agricultural Research; 1976-1996 Professor and Head Department of Horticulture, Dean Faculty of Agriculture; Director of Research – Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (State Agricultural University) West Bengal, supervised research work of 35 Ph.D. students, published more than 250 scientific and 400 popular articles; author and editor of books – Fruits: Tropical and Subtropical (2 Vols.) Vegetables Crops; Commercial Flowers; Temperate Fruits; Floriculture and Landscaping; Tropical Horticulture (2 Vols.); Biotechnology and Horticultural Crops (3 Vols.); Trees of the World (Vol. 1); Orchids of India; Garden Plants; Gardening in India; Mineral Nutrition of Fruit crops; Nutrition of Vegetable Crops; Propagation of Tropical and Subtropical Horticultural Crops.

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V A Parthasarathy

Dr. V.A. Parthasarathy, Ph.D. a renowned and well-known horticulturalist cum biotechnologist of repute is the Director of Indian institute of Spices research (ICAR), calicut from 2002. He is a recipient of ICAR Team Award in Horticulture (as leader) during 2002 and is widely traveled. He has more than 30 years of research experience in Horticulture / plantation crops like citrus, vegetables, gerbera, gladiolus, coconut and spices. An expert in bio-technology and breeding of horticulture crops, he has published over 170 research articles in refereed journals, edited 15 books and contributed about 40 chapters and invited reviews. He also guided many Ph.D. students. He is member of many committees.

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Bibliographic information

Title Biotechnology of Horticultural Crops (In 3 Vols.)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st. Ed.
Publisher Naya Prokash
Language: English
length 1668p.