|Rajasekaran, Kanniah - Rajah|
Submitted to: American Chemistry Society Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/8/2002
Publication Date: 6/24/2002
Citation: Rajasekaran, K., Jacks, T.J., Finley, J.W. 2002. Crop biotechnology: Preface. In: Rajasekaran, K., Jacks, T.J., Finley, J.W. editors. Crop Biotechnology. American Chemistry Society Symposium Series No. 829. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society. p. ix-xi. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: This book is a product of a 3-day symposium held during an American Chemical Society national meeting held in San Francisco. The purpose of the symposium was to provide a forum for conveners specializing in the technologies and problems involved in plant transformation. These specialists were involved in a variety of scientific interests, with plant biotechnology as the common thread, and were sometimes working in isolation with limited personal interaction. Publication of the resultant peer reviewed papers in this book provides a source of information for specialists, for professionals and students of plant or agricultural sciences and unrelated disciplines, and for the concerned public regarding the area of genetic engineering of crop plants. Thus, the book meets the objective of providing a full comprehension of genetically engineered crops and demonstrates the usefulness of this powerful technology. The chapters deal with understanding the issues in the challenging task of both creating genetically engineered plants with selective functions as well as the impact of genetically engineered plants on nutrition, environment and economy. The reader will derive a basic understanding of some of the current and new approaches being employed in applying biotechnology research to crop production and utilization. For those less familiar with genetic engineering, a short introductory chapter provides a general overview.