Gene Editing in Plants

Gene Editing in Plants

1st Edition - June 26, 2017

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  • Editors: Donald Weeks, Bing Yang
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128117439
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128117446

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Gene Editing in Plants, Volume 149 aims to provide the reader with an up-to-date survey of cutting-edge research with gene editing tools and an overview of the implications of this research on the nutritional quality of fruits, vegetables and grains. New chapters in the updated volume include topics relating to Genome Engineering and Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges, the Use of CRISPR/Cas9 for Crop Improvement in Maize and Soybean, the Use of Zinc-Finger Nucleases for Crop Improvement, Gene Editing in Polyploid Crops: Wheat, Camelina, Canola, Potato, Cotton, Peanut, Sugar Cane, and Citrus, and Gene Editing With TALEN and CRISPR/Cas in Rice. This ongoing serial contain contributions from leading scientists and researchers in the field of gene editing in plants who describe the results of their own research in this rapidly expanding area of science.

Key Features

  • Shows the importance of revolutionary gene editing technology on plant biology research and its application to agricultural production
  • Provides insight into what may lie ahead in this rapidly expanding area of plant research and development
  • Contains contributions from major leaders in the field of plant gene editing


All plant biologists – from those conducting basic cell biology studies to those developing new crop varieties for the field, members of the news media, social scientists and governmental officials wishing to gain insights into this new technology and its potential impact on society

Table of Contents

  • 1. Genome Engineering and Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges
    Nicholas J. Baltes, Javier Gil-Humanes and Daniel F. Voytas
    2. Use of CRISPR/Cas9 for Crop Improvement in Maize and Soybean
    Doane Chilcoat, Zhan-Bin Liu and Jeffry Sander
    3. Use of Zinc-Finger Nucleases for Crop Improvement
    John P. Davies, Sandeep Kumar and Lakshmi Sastry-Dent
    4. Gene Editing in Polyploid Crops: Wheat, Camelina, Canola, Potato, Cotton, Peanut, Sugar Cane, and Citrus
    Donald P. Weeks
    5. Gene Editing With TALEN and CRISPR/Cas in Rice
    Honghao Bi and Bing Yang
    6. Genome Editing to Improve Abiotic Stress Responses in Plants
    Yuriko Osakabe and Keishi Osakabe
    7. CRISPR/Cas9-Enabled Multiplex Genome Editing and Its Application
    Bastian Minkenberg, Matthew Wheatley and Yinong Yang
    8. CRISPR/Cas9-Based Genome Editing in Plants
    Yaling Zhang, Xingliang Ma, Xianrong Xie and Yao-Guang Liu
    9. On Improving CRISPR for Editing Plant Genes: Ribozyme-Mediated Guide RNA Production and Fluorescence-Based Technology for Isolating Transgene-Free Mutants Generated by CRISPR
    Yubing He, Rongchen Wang, Xinhua Dai and Yunde Zhao
    10. Engineering Molecular Immunity Against Plant Viruses
    Syed Shan-e-Ali Zaidi, Manal Tashkandi and Magdy M. Mahfouz
    11. Use of CRISPR/Cas9 for Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation Research in Legumes
    Longlong Wang, Longxiang Wang, Yu Zhou and Deqiang Duanmu
    12. Safety, Security, and Policy Considerations for Plant Genome Editing
    Jeffrey D. Wolt

Product details

  • No. of pages: 264
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: June 26, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128117439
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128117446

About the Serial Volume Editors

Donald Weeks

Donald Weeks

Donald P. Weeks, Ph.D., is one of the leading experts in the rapidly emerging field of gene editing in plants and algae. Weeks is the Maxcy Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana. He has held professional positions at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, the Zoecon Research Institute of Sandoz Agro, Inc. in Palo Alto before joining UNL in 1989.

Weeks is a Plant Molecular Biologist and Biochemist. His earliest scientific contributions included discovery of mechanisms involved in protein synthesis in eukaryotic cells and development of systems for studies of gene regulation in plants and algae. He was a pioneer in the adoption of molecular biology and recombinant DNA technologies in biological research. The Weeks laboratory at UNL was responsible for the development of dicamba herbicide resistance gene technology that has been commercialized by major seed companies for use in soybean and cotton crops. Most recently, the laboratory has been involved in pioneering research aimed at developing and applying new methods for gene editing (targeted gene knockout and gene replacement) for use in improving important food crops.

Weeks has provided leadership for several national and international science and industrial organizations. At UNL has served as Director of the Center for Biotechnology, founding Director of the Nebraska EPSCoR Program, Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Director of the Nebraska Coalition for Algal Biology and Biotechnology. He is a Member of the National Academy of Inventors, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and winner of the University of Nebraska Innovation, Development and Engagement Award (IDEA) in 2009 and the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award in 2014.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA

Bing Yang

Bing Yang works at the Genetics, Development and Cell Biology department, Iowa State University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA

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