Applied Plant Biotechnology for Improving Resistance to Biotic Stress

Applied Plant Biotechnology for Improving Resistance to Biotic Stress

1st Edition - September 17, 2019

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  • Editors: Palmiro Poltronieri, Yiguo Hong
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128160312
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128160305

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Applied Plant Biotechnology for Improvement of Resistance to Biotic Stress applies biotechnology insights that seek to improve plant genomes, thus helping them achieve higher resistance and optimal hormone signaling to increase crop yield. The book provides an analysis of the current state-of-the-art in plant biotechnology as applied to improving resistance to biotic stress. In recent years, significant progress has been made towards understanding the interplay between plants and their hosts, particularly the role of plant immunity in regulating, attenuating or neutralizing invading pathogens. As a result, there is a great need to integrate these insights with methods from biotechnology.

Key Features

  • Applies biotechnology insights towards improving plant genomes, achieving higher resistance and optimizing hormone signaling to increase crop yield
  • Presents the most modern techniques, investigations, diagnostic tools and assays to monitor and detect contaminating agents in crops, such as grape, tomato, coffee and stone fruit
  • Provides encyclopedic coverage of genes, proteins, interaction networks and mechanisms by which plants and hosts seek survival
  • Discusses the methods available to make crops resistant and tolerant to disease without decreased yield or food production
  • Provides insights for policymakers into the difficulties faced by scientific researchers in the use of biotechnology intervention, transgenes and genetically modified sequences


Postgraduate and graduate researchers in molecular biology, genetics, molecular breeding, systems biology, agriculture, crops for human foods, biological sciences, plant science, biotechnology, plant physiology and genetics, plant functional genomics, sustainable growth and economy, agrochemical and biological applications for crop protection; Private companies, spin-offs etc. in plant production; Policymakers, stakeholders, associations of plant growers (e.g. European Plant Science Organization)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Engineering Plant Leucine Rich Repeat- Receptors for Enhanced Pattern Triggered Immunity (PTI) and Effector Triggered Immunity (ETI)
    2.Virus Induced Gene Silencing for Functional Genomics in Plants

    3. Bringing PTI into the Field
    4. NBS-LRR Genes -- Plant Health Sentinels: Structure, Roles Evolution and Biotechnological Applications
    5. Informatic Tools and Platforms for Enhancing Plant R-Gene Discovery Processes
    6. Spatial Transcriptional Response of Plants Induced by Compatible Pathogens and its Potential Use in Biosensor Plants
    7. Grapevine; Resistance Genes, sRNAs and Immunity
    8. Using Genomics Tools to Understand Plant Resistance Against Pathogens: A Case Study of Magnaporthe-Rice Interactions
    9. Microbial Products and Secondary Metabolites in Plant Health
    10. Molecular Tools to Investigate Sharka Disease in Prunus Species
    11. Plant Viruses Against RNA Silencing-Based Defenses: Strategies and Solutions
    12. Criniviruses Infecting Vegetable Crops
    13. Role of Methylation During Geminivirus Infection
    14. Foresight on Nanovesicles in Plant-Pathogen Interactions
    15. The Role of Phytohormones in Plant-Viroid Interactions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 371
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: September 17, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128160312
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128160305

About the Editors

Palmiro Poltronieri

Dr Palmiro Poltronieri is researcher at the Agrofood Department of the Italian National Research Council. He is co-founder of Biotecgen SME - a service company involved in European projects, such as RIBOREG, NANOMYC, ABSTRESS, and TOMGEM. He has also tutored researchers for another start up, Bioesplora, in the EU project TRANS-BIO. He is Associate Editor to BMC Research Notes and is editor-in-chief for Challenges, an MDPI journal. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Verona University. His current interest is on abiotic stress response in roots of tolerant and sensitive chickpea varieties, on activation of the jasmonic acid synthesis, and in the biotic stress response in model plants.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Sciences of Food Production, National Research Council (ISPA-CNR), Lecce, Italy

Yiguo Hong

Professor Yiguo Hong is a scientist based at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Hangzhou Normal University, China. He has expertise in plant viruses and RNA silencing, having publications in international journals, such as PNAS, eLife and Nature Genetics. He serves as editors for several international journals such as Functional & Integrative Genomics. He also holds long-term visiting professorship at both University of Warwick and University of Worcester. His current research covers virus-plant interactions, RNA signaling in plant development, and development of virus technology in plant functional genomics and crop improvement.

Affiliations and Expertise

College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, China; School of Life Science, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK; School of Science and the Environment, University of Worcester. Worcester, UK

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