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Achievements today in plant biotechnology have already surpassed all previous expectations. Plant biotechnology, integrated with classical breeding, is now on the verge of creating the `evergreen revolution' to solve the world's envisaged tripled demand for food, agricultural commodities and natural products. New biotechnologies are being continuously adapted to agricultural practices, opening new vistas for plant utilization. Plant biotechnology is changing the plant scene in three major areas: (1) growth and development control (vegetative, generative and propagation), (2) protecting plants against the ever-increasing threats of abiotic and biotic stress, (3) expanding the horizons by producing specialty foods, biochemicals and pharmaceuticals. The potential for improving plant and animal productivity and their proper use in agriculture relies largely on newly-developed DNA biotechnology and molecular markers. These techniques enable the selection of successful genotypes, better isolation and cloning of favorable traits, and the creating of transgenic organisms of importance to agriculture. These areas were extensively discussed at the 9th international congress of the International Association of Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology, `Plant Biotechnology and In Vitro Biology in the 21st Century', which was held in Jerusalem in June 1998. The present book of proceedings contains the variety of scientific achievements and techniques that were presented: Basic and Applied Aspects of Growth, Development and Differentiation; Genetic Manipulations: Transformation and Gene Expression, Hybridization, Haploidization and Mutagenesis; Genetic Stability and Instability, Selection and Variability; Regulation of Primary and Secondary Metabolism; Model Systems: Cell Cycle, Transport and Signal Transduction; Biotechnology for Plant Protection: Abiotic and Biotic Stress; Biotechnology for Crop Improvement: Yield, Quality and Production of Valuable Substances; Novel Micropropagation Methods; New Markets and Commercial Applications; Intellectual Property Rights.
Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction. Plenary Lectures. Symposia. Section A: Basic and Applied Aspects of Growth, Development and Differentiation. Section B: Genetic manipulations: Transformation and Gene Expression, Hybridization, Haploidization and Mutagenesis. Section C: Genetic Stability and Instability, Selection and Variability. Section D: Regulation of Primary and Secondary Metabolism. Section E: Model Systems: Cell Cycle, Transport and Signal Transduction. Section F: Biotechnology for Plant Protection: Abiotic and Biotic Stress. Section G: Biotechnology for Crop Improvement: Yield, Quality and Production of Valuable Substances. Section H: Novel Micropropagation Methods. Section I: New Markets and Commercial Applications. Section J: Intellectual Property Rights. Author Index.