Potato Biology and Biotechnology: Advances and Perspectives

Edited by

  • Dick Vreugdenhil, Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • John Bradshaw, Scottish Crop Research Institute, UK
  • Christiane Gebhardt, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Köln, Germany
  • Francine Govers, Laboratory of Phytopathology Wageningen University Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • Mark Taylor, Scottish Crop Research Institute, UK
  • Donald MacKerron, (formerly) Scottish Crop Research Institute, UK
  • Heather Ross, Scottish Crop Research Institute, UK

In the past 15-20 years major discoveries have been concluded on potato biology and biotechnology. Important new tools have been developed in the area of molecular genetics, and our understanding of potato physiology has been revolutionized due to amenability of the potato to genetic transformation. This technology has impacted our understanding of the molecular basis of plant-pathogen interaction and has also opened new opportunities for the use of the potato in a variety of non-food biotechnological purposes.This book covers the potato world market as it expands further into the new millennium. Authors stress the overriding need for stable yields to eliminate human hunger and poverty, while considering solutions to enhance global production and distribution. It comprehensively describes genetics and genetic resources, plant growth and development, response to the environment, tuber quality, pests and diseases, biotechnology and crop management. Potato Biology is the most valuable reference available for all professionals involved in the potato industry, plant biologists and agronomists.
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Professionals in potato industry, plant biologists, and agronomists.


Book information

  • Published: June 2007
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51018-1

Table of Contents

I. The markets1. The fresh potato marketIain McGregor2. Global markets for processed potato productsMichael A. Kirkman3. The seed potato marketCees D. van LoonII. Genetics and genetic resources4. Molecular taxonomyRonald G. van den Berg and Mirjam M.J. Jacobs5. Molecular markers, maps and population geneticsChristiane Gebhardt6. Genetics of morphological and tuber traitsHerman J. van Eck7. Genetics of resistance to pests and diseaseIvan Simko, Shelley Jansky, Sarah Stephenson and David Spooner8. Potato breeding strategyJohn E. Bradshaw9. GenomicsGlenn J. Bryan10. Potato cytogeneticsTatjana GavrilenkoIII. Plant growth and development11. Above-ground and below-ground plant developmentPaul C. Struik12. Signalling the induction of tuber formationDavid J. Hannapel 13. Photosynthesis, carbohydrate metabolism and source-sink relationsDaniel Hofius and Frederik A. J. Börnke14. Dormancy and sproutingJeffrey C. Suttle15. Molecular physiology of the mineral nutrition of the potatoMarcel Bucher and Jens KossmannIV. Responses to the environment16. Water availability and potato crop performanceJan Vos and Anton J. Haverkort17. Potato crop response to radiation and daylengthA.J. Haverkort18. Response to the environment: temperature Paul C. Struik19. Response to the environment: carbon dioxideLudwig De Temmerman, Karine Vandermeiren, Marcel van Oijen20. Towards the development of salt tolerant potatoD.J. Donnelly , S.O. Prasher and R.M. PatelV. Tuber quality21. The harvested cropMike Storey22. Skin-set, wound-healing and related defectsEdward C. Lulai23. Internal physiological disorders, nutritional and compositional factors that affect market qualityJoseph R. Sowokinos24. Potato Flavour and TextureMark A. Taylor, Gordon J. McDougall and Derek StewartVI. Pests and diseases25. Insect pests in potatoEdward B. Radcliffe and Abdelaziz Lagnaoui26. The nematode parasites of potatoDidier Mugniéry and Mark S. Phillips27. Bacterial pathogens of potatoJan M. van der Wolf and Solke H. De Boer28. Viruses: economical losses and biotechnological potentialJari P.T. Valkonen29. Fungal and fungus-like pathogens of potatoAad J. TermorshuizenVII. Biotechnology30. Developments in transgenic biology and the genetic engineering of useful traitsSteve Millam31. Field-testing of transgenic potatoesA. J. Conner32. Soil-free techniques Steve Millam and Sanjeev K. SharmaVIII. Crop management33. Agronomic practicesD.M. Firman and E.J. Allen34. Minerals, soils and rootsPhilip J. White, Ron E. Wheatley, John P. Hammond and Kefeng Zhang35. Mathematical models of plant growth and developmentD.K.L. MacKerron36. Decision support systems in potato productionB. Marshall