There is growing demand for more food crops. Agricultural yield is however challenged by two concerns: availability of arable land and reduced water resources for irrigation. Biotechnology offers several tools that can be used appropriately for sustainable agriculture. Recent advances in molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology can make increased production and pest resistant crops with increased nutritive value a reality.
The book has 21 chapters contributed by eminent scientists from all over the country. It discusses the various techniques and aspects of biotechnology that can bring about crop improvement. The book serves as a textbook for postgraduate students and researchers working in the fields of plant biotechnology and horticulture and a reference book for undergraduates.