Submitted to: Crop Protection Journal
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: June 1, 1999
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The volume on cotton is presented with a view to improving various aspects of in vitro manipulation and other biotechnological approaches with special emphasis on interspecific hybridization, somaclonal variation, transgenic cotton resistance to insects and herbicides, and re-engineering of fiber. The editor has made a broad selection of authors from international cotton researchers and some authors from outside the cotton community that did provide unique perspectives to problems. The chapter on gossypol is not from the traditional perspective of the biology of the plant, but from that of the chemist. The volume contains 26 chapters. Of these chapters, 11 deal with issues of tissue culture and regeneration and five with transgenes. These 26 chapters could be classified as follows: Eight were reviews with some comprehensive depth. Three chapters were old papers that contributed nothing beyond the original article, and 15 were specific experimental results of the authors. Most of these 15 included literature reviews that were more extensive than typical journal articles, but generally these results constituted incomplete status reports. These are not the types of articles I expect in a review volume. There were errors in references that should not appear, as the reference to cotton as a cross pollinated species on page seven; and reference to TAMU (Texas A & M University) nuts as popped seeds on page three. On page 13 the reference to the presence of gossypol makes the protein and oil products of little commercial value. The presence of gossypol limits and reduces the potential value, but cotton seed is the second most important oil seed and represents a major industry.