From Plant Genomics to Plant Biotechnology

Edited by

  • Palmiro Poltronieri, Italian National Research Council, Italy
  • Natalija Burbulis, Aleksandr Stulginskis University, Lithuania
  • Corrado Fogher, Catholic University, Italy

With the appearance of methods for the sequencing of genomes and less expensive next generation sequencing methods, we face rapid advancements of the -omics technologies and plant biology studies: reverse and forward genetics, functional genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, the movement at distance of effectors and structural biology. From plant genomics to plant biotechnology reviews the recent advancements in the post-genomic era, discussing how different varieties respond to abiotic and biotic stresses, understanding the epigenetic control and epigenetic memory, the roles of non-coding RNAs, applicative uses of RNA silencing and RNA interference in plant physiology and in experimental transgenics and plants modified to specific aims. In the forthcoming years these advancements will support the production of plant varieties better suited to resist biotic and abiotic stresses, for food and non-food applications.

This book covers these issues, showing how such technologies are influencing the plant field in sectors such as the selection of plant varieties and plant breeding, selection of optimum agronomic traits, stress-resistant varieties, improvement of plant fitness, improving crop yield, and non-food applications in the knowledge based bio-economy.
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Audience

Ph.D. students, post-docs and professionals in plant sciences; Pharmaceutical professionals; Agro-food managers; Executives/Managers in: project writing and management, agro-food and feed strategies and sustainability management; Biofuel energy and green biotech sectors; R&D, plant breeding, natural products laboratories; Pharmaceutical development centers

 

Book information

  • Published: August 2013
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-907568-29-9


Table of Contents

From plant genomics to -omics technologies; Plant microRNAs; Epigenetic control by plant Polycomb proteins: New perspectives and emerging roles in stress response; Metabolite profiling for plant research; The uniqueness of conifers; Cryptochrome genes modulate global transcriptome of tomato; Genomics of grapevine: From genomics research on model plants to crops and from science to grapevine breeding; Grapevine genomics and phenotypic diversity of bud sports, varieties and wild relatives; Peach ripening transcriptomics unveils new and unexpected targets for the improvement of drupe quality; Application of doubled haploid technology in breeding of Brassica napus; Plant biodiversity and biotechnology; Natural resveratrol bioproduction.