Agricultural Biotechnology

Agricultural Biotechnology

Genetic Engineering for a Food Cause

1st Edition - February 1, 2023

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  • Authors: Vidya Venkataram, Kathleen Hefferon
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323884761

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Agricultural microbiotechnology and the production of GM crops have been controversial despite being practiced in both developed and developing countries, the major reason being their potential negative impact on human / animal health or environment. Also prevalent is the view that it is simply unethical to engineer different forms of life in the laboratory, especially when it comes to consuming food generated through genetic engineering. GM crops have been introduced into the agricultural landscape more than 2 decades ago which has allowed us to study their effects on economy, health and the environment. Agricultural Microbiotechnology: Genetic Engineering for a Food Cause is a compendium of information, practices, observations and discernible insights on agriculture, biotechnology and sustainable development. The book begins by descriptions of genetic engineering practices and strategies for producing GM crops, their importance in the food chain and advantages of GM crops over non-modified crops. Followed by chapters on the strategic genetic applications and the use of synthetics microbiology and microbial symbiosis, Agricultural Microbiotechnology: Genetic Engineering concludes with an insight of the Future of microbiotechnology in agricultural practices. Agricultural Microbiotechnology: Genetic Engineering for a Food Cause fills a gap by summarizing the available literature in a wide variety of topics under one single volume, being accessible to audiences in academic, government and industry spaces.

Key Features

  • Provides knowledge of the purposes of engineering microbes
  • Includes the latest techniques and practices in microbiology
  • Gives an insight in the future of agricultural microbiotechnology


Graduate students and researchers both in academia and corporate environments in biological sciences, microbiology and agriculture. Other stakeholders in industry and government who need to acknowledge the importance of biotechnology in commerce and society

Table of Contents

  • 1. Engineered microbes for improved soil and plant health
    2. Biofortified crops
    3. Genetically engineered plant products for health: Plant made pharmaceuticals
    4. Genomed edited crops
    5. Gene drive focusing on agriculture
    6. Phytoremediation strategies using microbiotechnology (eg plastic eating microbes)
    7. Application of Genetic engineering
    8. Strategies to address climate change
    9. Repurposing food and agricultural waste using microbiotechnology
    10. Synthetic Microbiology and microbial symbiosis
    11. Metabolic Engineering of plants for secondary metabolite production
    12. Sustainability through agricultural microbiotechnology
    13. Economic benefit
    14. Biofuel production and agricultural microbiotechnology
    15. Development of molecular biomarkers in plant and plant molecular breeding
    16. Public perception, intellectual property issues
    17. Future of microbiotechnology in agricultural practices

Product details

  • No. of pages: 416
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2023
  • Published: February 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323884761

About the Authors

Vidya Venkataram

Dr. Srividhya Venkataraman has a PhD in Biochemistry and several years of Canadian Postdoctoral experience including tenures as a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Fellow at the University Health Network (Toronto General Hospital & Toronto Medical Laboratories, 2005-07), Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Guelph (2010-2012) and Research Scientist at the University of Toronto, Canada (2007-10, 2013-19). She has extensive experience in the areas of plant virology, plant pathology and plant genetic engineering. Her latest research assignments include production of plant-based vaccines against Hepatitis C Virus (in Prof. Abouhaidar’s laboratory at the University of Toronto) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Virus in collaboration with Prof. Kathleen Hefferon at Cornell University, USA. She also serves as Expert Peer Reviewer Selector with Medical Research Council, UK for reviewing grant proposals submitted to the Molecular and Cellular Medicine Board as well as the Infection and Immunity Board. Further, she is a Science Writer and has authored several research publications (including a pioneering research article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (2014) which received special mention in PNAS Highlights and over 60 citations thus far), reviews, book chapters and encyclopedia chapters along with established track record of conference presentations. She has a recent first-author publication in the Encyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability on “Agricultural Innovation and Global Politics of Food Trade”. Also worthy of mention are publications on “Plant Products for Human Health” in the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences and eChapter on Hepatitis: Plant-Made Vaccines to Combat Hepatitis; A Global Perspective (2018), both in the capacity of first author. Her latest book chapter on “Plant Virus Expression Vectors & Nanoparticles” for the book entitled: “Plant Biotechnology”, CRC Press (Taylor and Francis), 2019 is currently under communication.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Kathleen Hefferon

Kathleen Hefferon received her PhD from the Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University. Kathleen has published multiple research papers, chapters and reviews, and has written three books. Kathleen is the Fulbright Canada Research Chair of Global Food Security and has been a visiting professor at the University of Toronto over the past year. Her research interests include virus expression vectors, food security agricultural biotechnology and global health. She most recently held the title of Director of Operations, Human Metabolic Research Unit at Cornell University, Ithaca, United States

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Operations, Human Metabolic Research Unit at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

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