POTATO BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY: ADVANCES AND PERSPECTIVESAuthor: Edited By Dick Vreugdenhil , Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands John Bradshaw , Scottish Crop Research Institute, UK Christiane Gebhardt , Plant Breeding and Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Koln, Germany Francine Govers , Laboratory of PhytopathologyWageningen UniversityWageningen, The Netherlands Mark Taylor , Scottish Crop Research Institute, UK Donald MacKerron , (formerly) Scottish Crop Research Institute, UK Heather Ross , Scottish Crop Research Institute, UK
Publish date: June 2007
In the past 15-20 years major discoveries have been concluded on potato biology and biotechnology. Important new tools have been developed in the area of molecular genetics, and our understanding of potato physiology has been revolutionized due to amenability of the potato to genetic transformation. This technology has impacted our understanding of the molecular basis of plant-pathogen interaction and has also opened new opportunities for the use of the potato in a variety of non-food biotechnological purposes.This book covers the potato world market as it expands further into the new millennium. Authors stress the overriding need for stable yields to eliminate human hunger and poverty, while considering solutions to enhance global production and distribution. It comprehensively describes genetics and genetic resources, plant growth and development, response to the environment, tuber quality, pests and diseases, biotechnology and crop management. Potato Biology is the most valuable reference available for all professionals involved in the potato industry, plant biologists and agronomists.