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Research Advances in Sunflower: (Helianthus annus L.)

 
S.S. Purohit (Editor) V.P. Singh (Editor) P. Vidyasagar (Editor) R.K. Maiti (Editor)
Synopsis Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) is one of the few crop species that originated in North America (most originated in the fertile crescent, Asia or South or Central America). It was probably a camp follower of several of the Western Native American tribes who domesticated the crop (possibly 1000 BC) and then carried it eastward and southward of North America. The First Europeans observed sunflower cultivated in many places from southern Canada to Mexico. Sunflower was probably first introduced to Europe through Spain, and spared through Europe as a curiosity until it reached Russia where it was readily adapted. Selection for high oil in Russia began in 1860 and was largely responsiblye for increasing oil content from 28% to almost 50%. The high-oil lines from Russia were reintroduced into the U.S. after World War II, which rekindled interest in the crop. However, it was the discovery of the male-sterile and restorer gene system that made hybrids feasible and increased commercial interest in the crop. Production of sunflowers subsequently rose dramatically found new niches for the seeds as an oil crop, a birdseed crop, and as a human snack food. Production in these regions in the 1980s has declined mostly because of low prices, but also due to disease, insect and bird problems. Sunflower acreage is now moving westward into dryer regions; however, 85% of the North American sunflower seed is still produced in North and South Dakota and Minnesota. The present book Research Advances in Sunflower includes articles related to various aspects of sunflower like Germination and seedling establishment, Growth and development and productivity in sunflower, Physiological basis of crop growth and productivity, Cultural practices, Sunflower: an encounter with biotic factors that causes yield loss, Research advances in sunflower breeding, Food and oils science technology in sunflower, Sunflower biochemistry and biophysics and Biotechnology and molecular biology of sunflower. The authors for different topics of this volume were chosen based on their expertise in the subject. They have their credit for active engagement in research with strong record of publications too. They are highly competent to synthesize a complete contemporary review of the relevant areas. The conviction was to produce a complete, wide ranging review of the topics with the help of their involvement and interest in the subject of course, without any compromise. The arrangement of the chapters is aimed to describe first the fundamental and basic issues of sunflower. After anchoring the reader's interest convincingly, care is taken to navigate his interest into the applied aspects of the science and help him to obtain a wide yet deep knowledge about the subject. This book is self-reliant record, since all the salient features are extensively covered in an elaborate and self-explanatory manner. This book as a treasured record for students of Seed Technology, Agriculture, Botany and Life sciences, not to speak of the scientists, and the academicians.
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About the authors

S.S. Purohit

Dr. S.S. Purohit (b. July, 1948) obtained M.Sc. (Gold Medal) and Ph.D. in Botany from Udaipur University, Udaipur. He was guest scientist in various foreign universities. He has 30 years of teaching experience of UG and PG students specially Plant Physiology and Biotechnology. He has guided 12 M. Phil and 5 Ph.D. students. He is a well known author of 30 nooks of national and international repute. He has edited an International series entitled: Hormonal Regulation of Plant Growth and Development in Six Volumes and two Volumes have been reprinted by W. Junk Publishers, Holland. Presently he is the Managing Director of Agrobios (India) and Chief Editor Agrobios News Letter.

V.P. Singh

Dr. V.P. Singh, is a senior Professor and Head of the Institute of Environment Management and Plant Sciences, Vikram University, Ujjain. He has over 32 years of teaching and research experience in the field of ecology, taxonomy and mangrove ecophysiology. The mangrove is special interest and had worked 5 years on mangrove forest of Andaman and Nicobar Islands under DOE/MAB project. He did the work on Australian mangrove species in University of WWU, Muenster, Germany under DAAD fellowship. Visited all parts of South Japan to study the distribution of mangrove species with Prof. Odaki, under JSPS fellowship. Dr. Singh has visited many countries like Canada, Germany, Japan, America, Holland and UAE on account of his research activities. He is member of International Society of Mangrove Ecosystem and Mangrove Society of India. Dr. Singh has successfully guided the research work of about 20 Ph.D. Scholars and completed 15 major research Projects sponsored by various funding agencies.

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R.K. Maiti

Dr. Ratikanta Maiti is a renowned Botanist of international repute with specialisation n Crop Physiology. He obtained Ph.D and D.Sc in Botany from Calcutta University, India. he worked for 9 years as a Senior Botanist in Jute Agricultural Research Institute, Barrackpore (I.C.A.R.), Calcutta. Then he worked for 10 years as a Senior Plant Physiologist in International Crop Research Institute for Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India. Then he worked as Professor and Research Scientist in two universities in Mexico for 10 years. He enjoyed Mexican Govt. sponsored Senior National Research Scientist for continuous 18 years. At present, he is an Honorary Consultant (seeds) in Vibha Agrotech Ltd., Hyderabad, India and working on different aspects of physiology of various crops mainly pearl millet, maize, sunflower, cotton, paddy, etc. He won several international awards such as International Scientist Award offered by IBC, Cambridge and Ethnobotanist Award-2003 sponsored by Friends University, U.S.A. and U.N.D.P. He has published over 350 research papers in more than 40 national and international scientific juornals. Also, Dr. Maiti has published more than 20 books namely Advances in Potato Science by Gaurav Society of ARIC, Hisar, India and Sorghum Science, Bean Science, Pearly Millet Science, Peanut Crop, Advances in Chickpea Science, World Fibre Crops by Oxford & IBH Book company, New Delhi and Science Publisher, U.S.A.

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Bibliographic information

Title Research Advances in Sunflower: (Helianthus annus L.)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.08.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Agrobios (India)
Language: English
isbn 8190430920
length xxiv+512p., Tables; Figures; Plates; References; Index; 25cm.