Plants, Biotechnology and Agriculture

Plants, Biotechnology and Agriculture

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At a time when the world's food supplies are increasingly unable to meet the needs of a burgeoning population, there is significant diversity of opinion concerning the benefits and perceived dangers of the application of biotechnology to food production. Plants, Biotechnology and Agriculture provides the reader with a guide to plants as both organisms and resources. The first half of the book gives an overview of plant biology, suitable for students of plant biology and agriculture as well as those without a biology background. This is followed by an outline of the human exploitation of plants, from domestication to scientific manipulation. Further chapters describe the technologies that are now being used to improve crops, society's responses to these technologies, and how they are being modified as a result. The book concludes with a discussion of future challenges for biotechnology in the face of rapid population growth, depletion of non-renewable resources and climate change.Other important plant products include structural compounds such as cellulosic and lignified fibres, which provide clothing, ... in terms of their importance both for plant structure and function and for human utilization, are sucrose, starch and cellulose. Plants also synthesize many other types of carbohydrate, including hemicelluloses and pectins that help stabilize the cell wall. ... The composition of starches and celluloses can vary greatly, even within the same plant, and they are oftenanbsp;...


Title:Plants, Biotechnology and Agriculture
Author: Denis Murphy
Publisher:CABI - 2011
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