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Current Topics in Biotechnology

C.P. Malik (Editor) Bhavneet Kaur (Editor) Chitra Wadhwani (Editor)

The field of biotechnology has revolutionized the concepts in agriculture, food, industrial feed stocks and health care in the past three decades.  It has furnished new tools and techniques to enhance the agricultural productivity, raise value-added products and health care systems and has ensured better environments.  Over the years it has exploited biological systems at all levels of complexity or organizations for improving the life of common man.  Scientific breakthroughts in gene expression, protein engineering, and drug designing, animal health care, industrial chemistry, preservation of biodiversity and cell fusion are being increasingly translated into new products and services.  Rapid advances in different areas of biotechnology have ushered treamendous changes in agriculture, medicine and cell biology.  The present book Current Topics in Biotechnology incorporates review articles on varied aspects of biotechnology.  The volume contains 10 chapters written by experts in the disciplines.  Dr. Edison T. Liu, Executive Director of the Genome Institute of Singapour has briefly discussed "What is next in biotechnology?" Dr. Weichang Yu and Dr James A. Birchler have reviewed "Minichromosomes: The next generation technology for plant gentic engineering".  Dr. V.S. Hanur, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hesaraghatta, Bangalore has reviewed the pertinent information on Plant stem cells: Molecular biology and Biotechnology.  Sonali Chadha discusses Cloning vectors: the vehicles of genetic engineering.  Drs Dapinder Bakshi and J.K. Arora (Add Director, Biotechnology, PSCST, Chandigarh) have made excellent attempt to present a succinct review on Genetically Modified Crops in Indian Perspective.  Considering that cotton fiber biology is important for describing, defining and refining fundamental questions in the fields of cell and developmental biology, Prof. C.P. Malik, Dr. Bhavneer Kaur, Chitra Wadhwani and Aman Verma have discussed the Mechanism of cotton fiber development.  Prof. C.P. Malik Aman Verma, Chitra Wadhwani and Bhavneet Kaur (Dr) have made indepth survey and reviewed the pertinent literature on Bt cotton and its commercial use. Prof. C.P. Malik and his colleagues have compiled recent literature on the techniques especially molecular biology of fruit ripening.  The chapter on Prions: The Lethal Proteins by Chitra Wadhwani and C.P. Malik is aimed at looking at the Prion diseases from a molecular point of view, taking into account the genetic as well as the transmissible and sporadic aspect of the diseases.. The Role of Biotechnology in Prolonging the Shelf life of Fruits.  Drs. S.P. Vyas and Amit K. Goyal have done extremely fascinating job to review the available literature on Plant Derived Ediblevaccines.  The present volume is a must for all science libraries catering to the needs of postgraduate students and doctoral scholars; to the teachers and students engaged in teaching and research in Biotechnology, Physiology and Plant Sciences, Agriculture, Plant breeding, Animal breeding.  The book will serve as an excellent reference source for advanced topics in Biotechnology.

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About the authors

C.P. Malik

C.P. Malik has 50 years of experience of teaching and research in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Molecular Plant Physiology and Plant Biotechnology in several universities in India and abroad.  He has published more than 400 research papers, several reviews and books in the above subjects.  Malik is recipient of several awards, and is Fellow of several Academies including Indian National Science Academy (FNA) and Academy of Ag Sciences (FNAAS).  He is widely traveled and has visited several countries.

Bhavneet Kaur

Bhavneet Kaur has 6 years experience of teaching and research in Biotechnology.  She received her Ph.D degree from GJ University, Hisar in Molecular Biology and is currently teaching at SADTM.  She has published 20 research papers and several review articles on different aspects of Plant Biotechnology in national and international journals of repute.

Chitra Wadhwani

Chitra Wadhwani is serving as lecturer in Biotechnology at SADTM, Jaipur.  She has obtained advanced training in Plant Tissue Culture from CRAPTC, Hisar.  She has published several research papers and review articles in journals of repute.

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Title Current Topics in Biotechnology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 13.01.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788175331020
length xiv+413p., Figures; Tables; References; Index; 26cm.