Submitted to: Complete Book
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/4/2000
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Future plant genetic improvement will focus on the design of crops to meet specific feed, food and industrial use needs. This book covers economic considerations, identity preservation; food, feed and industrial uses; breeding for value-added uses; and genetic potential for crop quality improvement. The common thread is the design, production, and marketing of new cultivars with specific traits. Emphasis is on field crops, but the same principles apply to vegetable and fruit crops. The book will be a useful resource for anyone interested in the development of new crops that have traits that will increase their value to the consumer, producer, and processor.
Technical Abstract: Designing Crops for Added Value consists of nine chapters that discuss the vision, economics, potential, uses, breeding, and marketing of crops that have been tailored for specific food, feed, and industrial end uses. An introductory chapter describes the vision and mission. Economic opportunities for new crops are discussed. Then, a series of chapters describes food, feed, and industrial uses. Breeding small grains for value added uses is covered in one chapter as an example for other crops. The genetic potential for crop improvement in terms of protein, oil, starch, fiber and functional foods is considered. The book concludes with identity preservation concerns and the problems and opportunities for marketing crops with altered quality traits.