Synthetic Seed for Commercial Crop Production (2nd. Ed.)

Synthetic Seed for Commercial Crop Production (2nd. Ed.)
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Synthetic Seed for Commercial Crop Production (2nd. Ed.)

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Publisher: Agrobios Publications
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Preface
Synthetic seed is a novel concept in seed biotechnology. During the past few years there is a progress in biotechnological research and has opened up unprecedented opportunities in various fields of basic and applied biological research. Plant tissue culture is an important component of plant biotechnology. It has developed new strategies for the improvement of cereals, legumes, forest trees, plantation crops and ornamental plants. Micropropagation has great potential in commercial applications. The regeneration of plants through the techniques of plant tissue culture and their subsequent acclimatization and delivery to the field poses many problems to make tissue culture technology a viable alternative proposition. The successful demonstration of encapsulation of tissue culture derived propagules in a nutrient gel has initiated a new line of research on synthetic seeds. Synthetic seeds are defined as, encapsulated somatic embryos which functionally mimic seeds and can develop into seedlings under sterile conditions. In a broader sense, it would also refer to encapsulated buds or any other form of meristems, which can develop into plants. The synthetic seed technology has been developed to use somatic embryos and or other micropropagules as seed analogues successfully in the field or greenhouse, and their mechanical planting at a commercial level.
The technology provides methods for preparation of seed analogues called synthetic seeds or artificial seeds from the micropropagules like somatic embryos, axillary shoot buds, apical shoot tips, embryogenic calli as well as protocorm or protocormlike bodies. For the last fifteen years, intensive research efforts have been made on synthetic seed production in a number of plant species. The book has been designed to present the complete insight of the subject. The included chapters are, Discovery and Future Perspectives of Synthetic Seeds, Somatic Embryogenesis Principles, Concepts and Applications, Plant Tissue Culture Principles and Methodology, Production of Synthetic Seeds, Economics of Tissue Culture and Synthetic Seed. This is appended with References and glossary. The present book is an attempt to provide overall information to the readers interested in synthetic seed technology. I express my thanks to the editorial staff of Agrobios India for their patience with me. Author
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