Bioengineering and Molecular Biology of Plant Pathways, Volume 1

1st Edition

Series Volume Editors: Hans Bohnert Henry Nguyen
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080449722
eBook ISBN: 9780080556963
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 17th December 2007
Page Count: 504
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Table of Contents

Dedication

Contributors to Volume 1

Introduction to the Series and Acknowledgements

Preface to volume 1

Prologue

Metabolic Organization in Plants: A Challenge for the Metabolic Engineer

1 Introduction

2 Plant Metabolic Networks and Their Organization

3 Tools for Analyzing Network Structure and Performance

4 Integration of Plant Metabolism

5 Summary

Enzyme Engineering

1 Introduction

2 Theoretical Considerations

3 Practical Considerations for Engineering Enzymes

4 Opportunities for Plant Improvement Through Engineered Enzymes and Proteins

5 Summary

Genetic Engineering of Amino Acid Metabolism in Plants

1 Introduction

2 Glutamine, Glutamate, Aspartate, and Asparagine are Central Regulators of Nitrogen Assimilation, Metabolism, and Transport

3 The Aspartate Family Pathway that is Responsible for Synthesis of the Essential Amino Acids Lysine, Threonine, Methionine, and Isoleucine

4 Regulation of Methionine Biosynthesis

5 Engineering Amino Acid Metabolism to Improve the Nutritional Quality of Plants for Nonruminants and Ruminants

6 Future Prospects

7 Summary

Engineering Photosynthetic Pathways

1 Introduction

2 Identification of Limiting Steps in the PCR Cycle

3 Engineering CO2‐Fixation Enzymes

4 Engineering Post‐RuBisCO Reactions

5 Summary

Genetic Engineering of Seed Storage Proteins

1 Introduction

2 Storage Protein Modification for the Improvement of Seed Protein Quality

3 Use of Seed Storage Proteins for Protein Quality Improvements in Nonseed Crops

4 Modification of Grain Biophysical Properties

5 Transgenic Modifications that Enhance the Utility of Seed Storage Proteins

6 Summary and Future Prospects

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Cellulose Biosynthesis in


Description

The increased knowledge about the structure of genomes in a number of species, about the complexity of transcriptomes, and the rapid growth in knowledge about mutant phenotypes have set off the large scale use of transgenes to answer basic biological questions, and to generate new crops and novel products. This volume includes twelve chapters, which to variable degrees describe the use of transgenic plants to explore possibilities and approaches for the modification of plant metabolism, adaptation or development. The interests of the authors range from tool development, to basic biochemical know-how about the engineering of enzymes, to exploring avenues for the modification of complex multigenic pathways, and include several examples for the engineering of specific pathways in different organs and developmental stages.

Key Features

  • Prologue by Paul K. Stumpf and Eric E. Conn
  • Incorporates new concepts and insights in plant biochemistry and biology
  • Provides a conceptual framework regarding the challenges faced in engineering pathways
  • Discusses potential in engineering of metabolic end-products that are of vast economical importance, including genetic engineering of cellulose, seed storage proteins, and edible and industrial oils

Readership

Postgraduates and researchers in plant sciences, including botany, plant biochemistry, plant physiology, plant pathology, virology, entomology, and molecular biology


Details

No. of pages:
504
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Pergamon 2008
Published:
Imprint:
Pergamon
eBook ISBN:
9780080556963
Hardcover ISBN:
9780080449722

About the Series Volume Editors

Hans Bohnert Series Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Crop Sciences, Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.

Henry Nguyen Series Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Agronomy, University of Missouri Columbia, U.S.A.